While Azerbaijan’s authorities deny that there are political prisoners in the country’s prisons at all — local and international rights groups disagree. Many former prisoners and their families complain that those locked up on political grounds face not only an unjust deprivation of their liberty, but special prohibitions such as on reading and speaking with their families. [Read more…]
Georgia’s Justice Minister Tea Tsulukiani has accused three leading Georgian transparency groups of lying over accusations the government may be planning to rig 28 November’s presidential run-off election. [Read more…]
The European Parliament has expressed concerns over high-level corruption, human rights protection, labour safety, judicial independence, and more in Georgia in a report on the implementation of the country’s EU Association Agreement. Despite criticisms, the report’s summary said overall assessment of the implementation process was positive. [Read more…]
A prominent land reform activist in the Russian republic of Kabardino-Balkaria has claimed he was attacked and his car set on fire. [Read more…]
Protesters in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, have defied demands by Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze to clear the area in front of the parliament building to make room for a Christmas tree. [Read more…]
Many families in Chechnya tell of young male relatives who have either disappeared without trace or are being held in detention, suggesting such cases are not rare.
Since the 1990s, thousands of Georgians have left home in search of opportunities abroad, pushed out by food poverty, debts, unemployment, or to escape violence in the family. Below are stories from three women who braved landmines, hidden containers, and frozen seas in search for a better future in Greece. [Read more…]
The parents of two teenage shepherds gunned down in the Russian Republic of Daghestan have began a protest in front of the republic’s government building demanding their killings be properly investigated. While the authorities initially claimed the brothers were militants killed in a shootout with police, charges against them were later dropped and a murder investigation opened. [Read more…]