Deportation, defamation, and new threats to LGBTQI+ civic space

Recent articles in Europe & Central Asia

Legal claims of the Ministry of Culture against Azattyk should be relinquished

The closure of Azattyk Media will entail not only a restriction of freedom of speech and pluralism in the mass media, but also a restriction of citizens’ rights to access information.

Kyrgyz Ministry of Culture seeks closure of independent Radio Azattyk

The ministry is seeking to shut down ‘Radio Azattyk’ because of a 2022 video report about clashes on the Kyrgyz/Tajik border in the Batken region. The media outlet’s websites have been blocked since October.

Russia designates Andrei Sakharov Foundation as “undesirable”

“By labelling the foundation ‘undesirable,’ the Kremlin is also ostracizing Sakharov’s legacy and, essentially, all the human rights defenders, independent journalists, activists, pro-democracy scientists, and cultural figures associated with it in Russia” – HRW