“Perversity”, “depravity” and “an arrogant culture of impunity”
Recent articles in Europe & Central Asia
Riot police officers use truncheons to beat some protesters while arresting others, during a rally in support of jailed opposition activist Alexei Navalny, in Pushkinskaya Square, Moscow, Russia, 23 January 2021, Valery SharifulinTASS via Getty Images

“Time and time again, Russian authorities have suppressed free speech and peaceful protest through police brutality, violence, and mass arrests. The authorities understand their obligations to respect fundamental human rights and choose not just to ignore them but to trample all over them.”

As prominent human rights defender Abdul-Hadi Al-Khawaja completes his tenth year in prison, over 100 rights organisations call for his immediate release.

An inmate peers from behind a wall as a guard walks by in the female section of the infamous Evin prison, north of Tehran, Iran, 13 June 2006, ATTA KENARE/AFP via Getty Images

Facing imprisonment in Iran for his journalism, the Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Turkish authorities to conduct an expedited review of Iranian journalist Mohamed Mosaed’s request for asylum.