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.


GENEVA – The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Margaret Sekaggya, will undertake her first fact-finding mission to Armenia from 14-18 June 2010, in what will also be the first visit to the country by a UN Human Rights envoy since 2000.

“The recent review of Armenia’s human rights record in the Universal Periodic Review of the Human Rights Council,” the independent expert said, “provides a good opportunity to discuss the recommendations pertinent to the human rights defenders mandate and to assess the mechanisms the Government has already and intends to put in place in the future in order to implement them.” (suite…)


GENÈVE – Un groupe d’experts indépendants des Nations Unies* a salué la suspension annoncée du chef de la Police nationale congolaise, l’Inspecteur général John Numbi, et l’arrestation de plusieurs policiers dans le cadre de l’enquête sur l’assassinat la semaine dernière du défenseur des droits de l’homme Floribert Chebeya Bahizire en République Démocratique du Congo (RDC) et la disparition de son chauffeur, Fidèle Bazana Edadi. (suite…)


Lima, Peru, June 7, 2010 — The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) today published its Preliminary Observations on the visit it carried out to Honduras on May 15-18, 2010, to follow up on its August 2009 on-site visit and its report Honduras: Human Rights and the Coup d’État.

During the May 2010 visit, the Commission verified that human rights violations continue in the context of the coup d’état. The IACHR received information on the murder of a number of persons, including journalists and human rights defenders. In addition, human rights defenders, journalists, social communicators, teachers, trade union members, and membe