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Europe’s values demand that high-ranking European officials dare to ask the difficult questions, on behalf of those few who try every day to raise them on their own at considerable risk to their personal safety and security” say NGOs grouped in the Civic Solidarity Platform, a coalition that brings together nongovernmental organizations from Europe, Eurasia… » read more

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Today the LIBE and AFET Committees of the European Parliament accepted the report of Monika Flašíková Beňová on the Situation of fundamental rights in the European Union. The report welcomes the steps undertaken by the European Commission in order to ensure that the legislative proposals comply with the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU.… » read more

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On 20 October 2012, police detained around 100 activists in Azerbaijan, to hinder a protest planned by youth movements and political parties. Protesters were also detained in the regions to prevent them from travelling to the protest in Baku. The protesters had gathered at Fountain Square in central Baku to call for the dissolution of… » read more

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On 3 October 2012 the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) adopted a resolution “The definition of political prisoner” by rapporteur Christoph Strässer. After much debate and controversy, PACE eventually confirmed the definitional criteria endorsed both by the rapporteur and NGOs, and developed by the independent experts in 2001 on account of Armenia’s… » read more

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On 29 September 2012 youth activist Zaur Gurbanli was detained in Baku by Azerbaijan’s Anti-Organized Crimes Unit. 10 officers were wearing plain clothes, so Gurbanli’s family did not know who arrested the young activists. For two days, the man was denied the possibility to contact his family and his lawyer. Gurbanli’s friends and young activists,… » read more

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The European Commission is currently conducting public consultations on EU citizenship. This is a good opportunity to draw attention to the obstacles in the freedom of movement faced by same-sex couples.

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The time of general cleaning in the areas of civil rights and liberties, which at the time of Medvediev apparently spread too much, has come together with the era of the New President in March 2012. For the Russian non-governmental organizations and civil societies has just started no-holds-barred drive in the direction of democratic regression.… » read more

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Polish Parliament is currently discussing the amendments to the Law on Assemblies proposed in November 2011 by the President of Poland, which, if adopted, will substantially limit the freedom of assemblies. The draft is a result of the events that took place in Warsaw on 11 November 2011, when a number of assemblies turned into… » read more

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