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Human rights trends from Western Europe

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Rule of law under threat in Poland

Civil society and national and international bodies have expressed concern at recent reforms in Poland and their impact on the rule of law. These reforms include changes to the functioning of the Constitutional Court, a law granting government control over TV and radio, a law granting additional powers of surveillance, and the merging of the functions of the Justice Minister and the formerly independent Prosecutor General. 29 Jun 2016 »

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HRC32: HRHF statement on Belarus

On 21 June 2016, HRHF delivered a statement on Belarus to the Human Rights Council. HRHF commented on systematic human rights abuses in Belarus, called on Belarus to implement the recommendations made by the Special Rapporteur, and urged the Human Rights Council to renew the mandate of the Special Rapporteur.Read the full statement here: 21 Jun 2016 »

Image: Maina Kiai reports on fundamentalism in final appearance at HRC 
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Maina Kiai reports on fundamentalism in final appearance at HRC

On Friday 17th, Maina Kiai presented a thematic report on fundamentalism to the 32nd session of UN Human Rights Council in Geneva as a final appearance at the council in his capacity as Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association. HRHF underlined the importance of the mandate in their statement. 17 Jun 2016 »

Image: From 17-19 June, Azerbaijan hosts its first grand prix, a city circuit in the capital, Baku. The Formula 1 race is another example of the Azerbaijani government’s attempt to “sportswash” its image, after 2015’s Olympic spin-off, the European Games.  
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Don’t let Formula 1 sportswash Azerbaijan’s human rights abuses

This weekend, Azerbaijan hosts its first grand prix in Baku. The Formula 1 race is another example of the Azerbaijani government’s attempt to “sportswash” its image, after 2015’s Olympic spin-off, the European Games. 17 Jun 2016 »

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Council must address threats to the independence of judges and lawyers

On 16 June 2016, HRHF delivered a joint statement to the Human Rights Council, during the dialogue with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, Monica Pinto. In it, HRHF welcomed the Special Rapporteur’s report and her efforts to gather first-hand information from civil society, and highlighted the risks human rights lawyers face in the course of their work. 16 Jun 2016 »

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