Tunisian lawyers who are increasingly determined to defend human rights and expose the absence of an independent judiciary are under attack from state authorities. Their activism is evident in the revitalized national Bar Association and in the creation of new human rights groups over the past fifteen months.
The Presidential Administration of Ukraine blatantly violates freedom of expression through explicit instructions on how television stations may cover the news, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today that included examples of these directives.
On January 20, 2003, the Belgrade district court began an important war crimes trial against four Serbs accused of kidnapping, torturing, and killing seventeen Muslims from Serbia in 1992. The crime occurred in an area of Bosnia and Herzegovina controlled by Bosnian Serbs, near the border with Serbia.