Human Rights Group International Memorial shut down by Russian government

By: Jackson Sharman The Russian Supreme Court delivered a ruling on December 28 that ordered the closure of International Memorial, one of the country’s most prominent human rights groups. Founded in the late 1980s while the Soviet Union still existed, Memorial established 23 branches of the society. The group’s primary work was to study andContinue reading Human Rights Group International Memorial shut down by Russian government

Minsk adds RFE/RL’s Belarus Service to list of extremist organizations

By: Lane Johansen Last year, the Belarusian Foreign Ministry revoked the accreditation of all RFE/RL journalists. In November, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported that Andrey Kuznechyk – a Belarusian journalist who had worked as a freelancer for RFE/RL – was arbitrarily detained in Minsk. A month later, on December 23, Belarus’ Interior Ministry added RFE/RL’sContinue reading Minsk adds RFE/RL’s Belarus Service to list of extremist organizations

EU fines Poland $1.2 million per day until judicial reforms are enacted

By: Nick Mosher On October 27, 2021, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ordered Poland to pay a $1.2 million fine every day until the country enacts stipulated judicial reforms—namely, suspending the Disciplinary Chamber of its Supreme Court. The chamber – established in 2018 by Poland’s ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS) – has beenContinue reading “EU fines Poland $1.2 million per day until judicial reforms are enacted”

Russian LGBT Network declared “foreign agent” by Russian government

By: Sam Carley After months of continued suppression of human rights activists by Moscow, the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) of the Russian Federation declared the Russian LGBT Network a “foreign agent” on November 8th, 2021. The Russian LGBT Network is a non-governmental LGBT rights group that was founded in 2006. The organization seeks to increaseContinue reading “Russian LGBT Network declared “foreign agent” by Russian government”

Turkish police fire tear gas at women protesting gender-based violence

By: Lane Johansen On November 25, several thousand demonstrators, mostly women, marched in the center of Istanbul to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Turkish riot police fired pepper gas to disperse the protestors when a group tried to breach barriers set up at the end of Istanbul’s main pedestrianContinue reading “Turkish police fire tear gas at women protesting gender-based violence”

RFE/RL freelance journalist detained in Belarus

By: Lane Johansen On November 26, 2021, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reported that the day prior, Andrey Kuznechyk – a journalist who has worked as a freelancer for RFE/RL – was detained in Minsk. Kuznechyk’s wife, Alesya Rak, told RFE/RL that her husband had returned from a bike ride on November 25 accompanied byContinue reading “RFE/RL freelance journalist detained in Belarus”

Migrants face cold, hunger at border crossings between Belarus and Poland

By: Jackson Sharman Around 2,000 migrants are in danger of succumbing to harsh winter conditions on the border between Belarus and Poland as a political conflict between the two countries intensifies. Poland and the European Union have accused Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko of creating a human rights crisis and using the migrants as pawns. Lukashenko’sContinue reading “Migrants face cold, hunger at border crossings between Belarus and Poland”

Human Rights Watch releases report on attacks on schools during 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh War

By: Sam Carley Human Rights Watch recently published a report detailing the atrocities of attacks on schools conducted by both Azerbaijan and Armenia during the recent Nagorno-Karabakh War.  Nagorno-Karabakh is a disputed region in southwest Azerbaijan with a majority Armenian population that is internationally recognized as a part of Azerbaijan but de facto governed by ethnic Armenians.Continue reading “Human Rights Watch releases report on attacks on schools during 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh War”

Uzbek president secures second term in election deemed “not truly competitive”

By: Fran McDonough On October 24th, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev won re-election with 80% of the vote in the 2021 presidential election that observers said was “not truly competitive.” In the lead up to the election, several international human rights organizations raised concerns over the lack of opposition candidates on the official ballot. Although there were fiveContinue reading “Uzbek president secures second term in election deemed “not truly competitive””

Media organizations in Russia affected by “foreign agent” law

By: Jackson Sharman Last spring, we wrote about Russia’s revamping of its “foreign agent” law, originally passed in 2012. The additions to the law allow the Russian government to designate any individual or group as a traitor and security threat. The Kremlin has largely applied the foreign agent label to organizations that publish unfavorable views of theContinue reading “Media organizations in Russia affected by “foreign agent” law”