Four men from a small mountain village in southern Russia were detained in November suspected of setting fire to the local government building. With holes in the official story and torture apparent, relatives of the men say the charges are the work of a new police chief in town, trying to make a name for himself. [Read more…]
Georgia’s Prosecutor’s Office has charged five former employees of Tbilisi and Rustavi prisons with ‘inhumane and degrading treatment’. [Read more…]
People with disability in Azerbaijan are trying to craft normal lives. But their efforts are hampered by badly designed infrastructure, discrimination at every turn, and flawed legislation. [Read more…]
Two teenagers have committed suicide in Azerbaijan, reportedly after facing homophobic pressure. Nefes LGBT Azerbaijan Alliance, a local rights group, reported on 14 November that the reason behind both deaths was pressure from their families and others. [Read more…]
A group of protesting lorry drivers in Daghestan have said they are now satisfied, after the government conducted an inspection of the customs post on the Azerbaijani border. They say that there are no longer queues and they no longer have to pay bribes at customs control. [Read more…]
Russia’s Human Rights Commissioner Tatyana Moskalkova has said there are sufficient grounds to open a criminal case into Chechnya’s persecution of queer people, according to Russian news agency TASS. While human rights activists are continuing to push for a case to be launched, the Chechen authorities have continued to deny all accusations.
A number of Georgian football players and officials have joined Guram Kashia in support of queer rights in Georgia. Far-right groups have rallied in response, against what they term ‘gay propaganda’. [Read more…]
Over 17,000 Syrian-Armenians have fled to Armenia over the past five years. While many expected this to be a temporary move, they are now setting down firm roots in the country. [Read more…]