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20 September 2018 Strengthening Civil Society

Interview with Human Rights Defender Murat Çelikkan, Winner of the 2018 International Hrant Dink Award

Statement in Support of Azerbaijani Human Rights Lawyer Elchin Sadigov

A joint statement by the Civil Rights Defenders, International Partnership for Human Rights, and NHC in support of Azerbaijani Human Rights lawyer Elchin Sadigov.

Defending Human Rights in Turkey: Stories that Need to Be Heard

Stories of Turkish human rights defenders Onur Hamzaoğlu, Şebnem Korur Fincancı and Reha Ruhavioğlu who continue their fight despite government pressure.

Release Ukrainian Filmmaker Oleg Sentsov: EU-Russia CSF Statement

Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov arrested on terrorism charges after protesting the annexation of Crimea. IGO's, INGO's, film and sport industry individuals have called for his release.

PACE Should Appoint Rapporteur for Political Prisoners in Azerbaijan

Civil Society calls for the use of politically motivated imprisonment in Azerbaijan to be addressed through a PACE appointed Rapporteur.

Oyub Titiev Should Be Immediately Released and All Charges against Him Dropped

Chechen authorities are seeking to frame Titiev and close down the extremely important work of Human Rights Center Memorial by threats and harassment.

Civil Society Appeals to the International Association of Prosecutors to Uphold Human Rights

Over 50 civil society organizations, including the NHC, have called on the International Association of Prosecutors (IAP) to take steps to ensure that its members act in accordance with international human rights standards.

Arbitrary Detentions and Forced Disappearances in Ukraine

The practice of enforced disappearances has become a tool in the ongoing violent conflict in eastern Ukraine. Even though it is considered a grave violation under the international law, it has been reportedly used by both sides of the conflict.

Orhan Kemal Cengiz: “We are anxiously awaiting, as we do not know what is going to happen.”

NHC talked to Orhan Kemal Cengiz, Turkish lawyer, journalist and human rights activist, to hear his personal story and his view on the recent events in Turkey.

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.