HRD prosecuted

UN decisions set important precedents in view of unrelenting rights violations

During this period, UN human rights bodies announced two important, precedent-setting decisions with respect to the exercise of fundamental freedoms in Kazakhstan. At the same time, the pattern of criminal prosecution of critical voices continued, with charges of economic crimes, “incitement” of discord and defamation being used for retaliatory purposes. One outspoken social media user continued to be held in psychiatric detention, while one activist fled the country due to pressure. New, restrictive draft legislation affecting the activities of media and religious communities were under consideration, and authorities continued to interfere with the rights of residents to peacefully gather and voice concerns. Read more

UN decisions set important precedents in view of unrelenting rights violations

Imprisoned women HRD Atena Daemi faces new charges

Civic space restrictions continue in Iran with human rights defenders and journalists facing prosecution and detention. Read more

Imprisoned women HRD Atena Daemi faces new charges

Human rights defender Nabeel Rajab sentenced to two years in prison

Civic space freedoms continue to be undermined in the country with the arrest and sentencing of human rights defenders Read more

 Human rights defender Nabeel Rajab sentenced to two years in prison

Several activists released but human rights situation remains worrisome

In its June report, the Human Rights Center Viasna noted that the number of arbitrary detentions has decreased in Belarus and attributed the decline in arrests to the fewer number of protests taking place since the widespread crackdown on election-related protests in March. Read more

Several activists released but human rights situation remains worrisome

Litany of abuses continues, even under Expo-2017 spotlight

The Kazakh authorities continue to restrict civic freedoms and stifle dissent, despite being in the international spotlight during Expo-2017. Read more

Litany of abuses continues, even under Expo-2017 spotlight

Journalists and activists remain in detention on terrorism charges

Despite the gradual restoration of internet in the two Anglophone regions, many activists, lawyers and journalists who were arrested since the start of the crisis which started with a strike of lawyers in the Anglophone regions of the country in October 2016 are standing trial under the 2014 Anti-Terrorism Law, which carries a maximum sentence of death penalty. Read more

Journalists and activists  remain in detention on terrorism charges