• A young lesbian couple in Russia embrace each other in the street, an act that has the potential to expose them to verbal or physical attacks.
    Russian authorities have failed in their obligation to prevent and prosecute homophobic violence.

Reports

Europe/Central Asia

  • Dec 20, 2014

    In early March 2013 the Russian government launched an unprecedented, nationwide campaign of inspections of thousands of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to identify advocacy groups the government deems “foreign agents” and force them to register as such. This list tracks the legal consequences of the law on dozens of NGOs.

  • Dec 19, 2014
    The public detentions in Turkey of journalists that appear to be without sufficient evidence they committed a criminal offense will harm media freedom and chill free speech. On December 14, 2014, the editor of the daily Zaman newspaper was arrested, along with the head of Samanyolu broadcasting group and other media personnel
  • Dec 19, 2014
  • Dec 19, 2014
  • Dec 18, 2014
    Ukrainian authorities need to conduct further investigations into allegations that their forces were responsible for indiscriminate attacks in eastern Ukraine.
  • Dec 18, 2014
    The Uzbek government should free everyone imprisoned on politically motivated charges under its Constitution Day amnesty. The authorities should also carry out an effective investigation into the September 2014 death in custody of Nilufar Rahimjonova, a 37-year-old woman imprisoned on politically motivated charges.
  • Dec 18, 2014
  • Dec 17, 2014
    The World Bank’s internal watchdog should investigate whether bank projects are contributing to forced labor in Uzbekistan. The Cotton Campaign, a coalition of human rights, labor, investor, and business organizations dedicated to ending forced labor in the cotton sector of Uzbekistan, echoed calls that independent Uzbek groups made in a November 2014 letter to the Inspection Panel.
  • Dec 17, 2014
  • Dec 17, 2014

    In the past few days a Russian human rights group in Chechnya and its staff have been the targets of an apparent arson attack, arbitrary arrest and detention, death threats, and serial harassment. Amnesty International, Front Line Defenders and Human Rights Watch are alarmed about serious threats to the safety of the group’s staff and urge you to ensure that the arson attack is immediately investigated and that effective measures are taken to protect the human rights defenders.