[29/06/10 09:30] “Freedom of expression is curtailed in Azerbaijan today – major improvements are needed” said the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, presenting today his report on the country. Following a visit carried out in March, the report focuses on freedom of expression and association, conduct of law enforcement officials, administration of justice, and contains some observations on the visit to the Autonomous Republic of Nakhchivan. The Commissioner is particularly concerned about cases of threats, harassment, and violence against journalists or human rights activists which have not been properly investigated. (inglés) | (francés)

Resolución del Parlamento Europeo de 17 de junio de 2010, sobre las políticas de la UE en favor de los defensores de los derechos humanos

El Parlamento Europeo [...] Se congratula por la actual cooperación entre los mecanismos de protección existentes a nivel europeo e internacional, que podría fortalecerse aún más mediante el intercambio sistemático de información y estrategia, a fin de garantizar una mejor complementariedad entre todos ellos, tanto en términos de intercambio de información para casos de emergencia como de coordinación de acciones de apoyo a largo plazo, por ejemplo, por medio del uso de una plataforma segura en línea a la que puedan acceder todas las partes oficiales interesadas; y, a este respecto, acoge con satisfacción la reunión anual organizada por el Consejo de Europa, así como las reuniones anuales de los “inter-mecanismos” organizadas por el Observatorio para la Protección de los Defensores de los Derechos Humanos, un programa conjunto de la Federación Internacional de Derechos Humanos (FIDH) y la Organización Mundial Contra la Tortura (OMCT), con el objetivo de fortalecer la interacción entre los mecanismos internacionales y regionales y las instituciones para la protección de los defensores de los derechos humanos; invita a los grupos de trabajo existentes sobre los defensores de los derechos humanos en Europa, en el marco del Grupo de Trabajo del Consejo sobre derechos humanos y el Consejo de Europa, este último una iniciativa del Comisario de Derechos Humanos, a explorar formas de colaborar más estrechamente;” (more…)


YEREVAN, 18 June 2010 – Upon the conclusion of her visit to Armenia, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Margaret Sekaggya, issued the following statement: (all UN press releases) | (more…)

On the eve of celebrations of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s fiftieth anniversary of independence, the European Parliament has adopted unanimously an emergency resolution condemning in the strongest terms the murder of Floribert Chebeya Bahizire, a well respected Congolese human rights defender and president of the NGO “Voice of the Voiceless” (VSV), found murdered in his car in the suburbs of Kinshasa, on the 2 June, and the fate of his driver Faithful Edad Bazan, who has still not been located.

On 4th June Heidi Hautala and Rebecca Harms, Co-president of the Green/Efa Group, sent a letter to the Ambassador of DRC calling for an effective investigation into the killing. (see press release) | (all EU resolutions) | (more…)

Brussels, 11 June 2010 – The EU deplores the Sichuan Provincial High People’s Court decision to uphold Tan Zuoren’s sentence of 5 years on the charge of “subversion of state power”. The verdict against Tan Zuoren is entirely incompatible with his right to freedom of expression and does not meet international standards of fairness.

The EU also deeply regrets that Mr Tan was not allowed to conduct a proper defence and that the trial that led to this verdict was procedurally flawed, depriving Mr Tan of the opportunity to exercise fully his right to defend himself. The EU regrets that international calls for the re-opening of the case have been ignored. The EU therefore reiterates its calls to the Chinese government unconditionally to release Mr. Tan Zuoren.