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11 August 2016 Safeguarding Human Rights in Europe

Call for publications in the Security and Human Rights journal

Coup purges continue in Turkey

Amid the recent coup-related wave of purges in Turkey, at least 1,684 judges and prosecutors have been taken into custody to the regime, as they have been held in detention pending investigation.

Concerns over ongoing police brutality in Armenia

A number of human rights NGOs condemned the intensification of police violence in Armenia, associated with allegations of ill-treatment and torture inflicted upon Armenian peaceful protestors.

Turkey: Release and ongoing judicial harassment of Şebnem Korur Fincancı, Erol Önderoğlu and Ahmet Nesin.

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), publishes new information on the release and ongoing judicial harassment of Şebnem Korur Fincancı, Erol Önderoğlu and Ahmet Nesin.

Grave concern about the arrest of three Turkish human rights defenders and journalists.

Members of the OSCE-wide NGO coalition Civic Solidarity Platform express their grave concern about the arrest on the 20th of June 2016 of the President of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (HRFT), Şebnem Korur Fincancı, Erol Önderoğlu (journalist associated with Reporters Without Borders) and Ahmet Nesin in connection with their participation in the campaign to counter suppression of the Özgür Gündem journal.

Interview with Andrej Yurov in Trouw

The Russian human rights defender Andrej Yurov visited the Netherlands in June 2016. The Dutch newspaper Trouw interviewed him. Read the article here.

Azerbaijan: Free Prisoners Before Baku Grand Prix Race

The Formula One Group leadership should urge the Azerbaijani government to release unjustly imprisoned activists and journalists ahead of the European Grand Prix in Azerbaijan, said the Sport for Rights coalition today.

Azerbaijan: Independent Media Under Unprecedented Attack

On World Press Freedom Day 2016 we call the Azerbaijani authorities to take immediate and concrete steps to cease the persecution of the independent media, starting with the unconditional release of Khadija Ismayilova and Azerbaijan's other political prisoners.

NHC and Minister of Justice of Ukraine Discuss Access to Crimea for Human Rights Defenders and Rule of Law Needs

On March 21, the NHC welcomed a high-level Ukrainian delegation, led by the Minister of Justice Mr. Pavlo Petrenko. The meeting was organized to discuss ways of boosting Dutch-Ukrainian cooperation in human rights protection and strengthening the rule of law in Ukraine.

Joint statement: Relief over the release of 15 political prisoners in Azerbaijan

The undersigned members of the Sport for Rights coalition express our relief over the release of 15 political prisoners in Azerbaijan.