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Russian Lawyer Sergei Magnitsky 1Year After His Death In Prison

Posted by Info on 14/11/2010

Sergei Magnitsky is believed to have uncovered one of the biggest tax frauds in Russian history.
It is exactly one year after he was found dead while waiting trial. Mr Magnitsky, a 37-year-old father of two, died from untreated medical complications after being held for 12 months in a series of squalid Moscow jails on charges of tax evasion.

In the eyes of his supporters, he was a martyr in the fight against corruption, who paid the ultimate price for exposing Russia’s biggest-ever tax scandal.
In the eyes of the authorities, though, Sergei Magnitsky was a criminal suspect himself.

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Kyrgyzstan Human Rights Defender Sentenced To Life After Being Tortured

Posted by Info on 14/11/2010

Askarov appeal denied; health deteriorating from beatings

Kyrgyzstan’s authorities should ensure full compliance with fair trial standards in the case of human rights defender Azimjan Askarov and other trials related to the June violence in the south of the country.
Askarov, who has worked with ODIHR on detention monitoring projects in southern Kyrgyzstan in the past, is the head of the non-governmental human rights organization “Vozdukh”.
Local sources believe Askarov was jailed in retaliation for his reporting on detainee torture by Jalal-Abad police in Vozdukh’s monthly bulletin and on the independent regional news website Voice of Freedom.

An appeals court upheld the 15 September verdict of a lower court, which sentenced Askarov to life imprisonment and confiscation of his property on charges of organizing mass disorder and inciting inter-ethnic hatred.

Askarov appearedat the last hearing, and was due to be transferred today to a prison hospital for emergency treatment. A local activist Ms Gritsenko, who observed the trial said: Askarov’s health was so grave that he “may die if he isn’t transferred to the hospital.”

ODIHR monitors at the first instance trial and appeal proceedings noted that the authorities failed to make adequate efforts to address repeated instances of verbal abuse, including death threats, directed at the lawyers and the defendant, as well as an instance of physical attack against one of the lawyers. Monitors also found that the judge failed to follow-up on allegations of torture made during the appeal proceedings.

ODEHR called for a full investigation of allegations of torture and said irregularities had to be addressed to ensure a fair trial for Askarov and the other defendants.

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Uzbekistan: Draft Legislation Looses Government’s Grip On Media

Posted by Info on 14/11/2010

Uzbek President Islam Karimov has introduced draft legislation that would loosen the government’s grip on the media, a bill to make policy making more transparent.

“The bill… should ensure that the population and social groups have access to information about [government] decisions and primarily about the decisions concerning the rights, liberties and legal interests of the citizens.”

He also proposed a bill to create a system of public oversight to monitor how government decisions are being implemented.

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Молдова Независимoe Государство? Почему Флаги Румынии?

Posted by Info on 14/11/2010

Примэрия Кишинева разрешила водрузить в центре молдавской столицы, на Арке Победы, сооружённой в 1840 году, два государственных флага Румынии. По некоторым данным, за акцией стоит экстремистская организация “Noua Dreapta”, запрещенная в Молдове.

Как сообщили полицейские, наблюдавшие за водружением, участники акции обладают х авторизацией столичных властей. Напомним, руководит Кишинёвом первый вице-председатель Либеральной партии, племянник исполняющего обязанности президента Молдовы Михая Гимпу – Дорин Киртоакэ.

Bодружение флагов стало продолжением начатой 31 августа “кампании “Говорим по-румынски”, в рамках начатой кампании об отказе от названия государственного языка Республики Молдова, на всех уровнях – в 13 статье Конституции и на бытовом уровне и последующего переименования молдавского языка в румынский.

“31 августа мы запустили программу об отказе от разговора, в случае, если собеседник обращается к нам на русском языке ,… что таким образом, русскоязычные граждане “не подвергаются дискриминации”.

Кроме того, статус молдавского языка, как государственного, был закреплен в 13 статье Конституции Республики Молдова, принятой в 1994 году.
В дальнейшем статус молдавского языка был закреплен в 2003 году в Концепции национальной политики, где констатировалось, что “Концепция исходит из исторически сложившейся и подтвержденной общей литературной сокровищницей истины: молдавский и румынский народы используют общую литературную форму, “основывающуюся на живом источнике народного говора Молдовы”

В 2005 году, в рамках политики реинтеграции молдавского государства, за триязычным Приднестровским регионом было закреплено положение о том, что помимо украинского и русского “официальными языками Приднестровья являются молдавский язык на основе латинской графики”.

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Azerbaijan Refuse to Comply With European Court Judgment About Journalist Eynulla Fatullayev

Posted by Info on 14/11/2010

The Azerbaijan Supreme Court has refused to abide by a binding European Court of Human Rights judgment to release a wrongfully imprisoned Eynulla Fatullayev, one of the country’s most prominent journalists.

On November 11, 2010, the extraordinary plenary meeting of the Azerbaijani Supreme Court reviewed the October European Court of Human Rights findings that Fatullayev had been wrongly charged and imprisoned. The Supreme Court dropped the criminal charges involved in the case, but ignored the key requirement in the judgment to free Fatullayev immediately.

The European Court found in April that Azerbaijan had violated Fatullayev’s right to freedom of expression in a grossly disproportionate manner by imprisoning him, and, in an exceptional move, called for his immediate release. On October 4, the decision became final and legally binding on Azerbaijan.

Fatullayev has been in prison since April 2007, following his conviction for civil and criminal defamation for an internet posting about an episode during the war between Azerbaijan and Armenia. Six months after the first conviction, he was found guilty of threatening terrorism and inciting ethnic hatred, based on another set of articles, resulting in a total sentence of eight-and-a- half years.

Fatullayev’s continued detention is one high-profile case, but it is part of a series of attacks on freedom of expression in Azerbaijan. Last month, Human Rights Watch released the report “Beaten, Blacklisted, and Behind Bars: The Vanishing Space for Freedom of Expression in Azerbaijan,” documenting the government’s efforts to limit freedom of expression in Azerbaijan.

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