Health of Iranian human rights defender deteriorates

The renowned human rights advocate Narges Mohammadi was transferred from a prison to a hospital due to health problems end June, according to the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). Following the hospitalization, her lawyer Mohammad Behzadi-Rad expressed hope that she would not be taken back to the cell. Arrested in May 2016, Mohammadi (46)…

Mogherini: EU-Cuba “closer than ever”

European Union head of External Action Service (EEAS), or de facto minister of Foreign Affairs of the EU, an Italian Socialist Federica Mogherini, visited Cuba, led by Communists. "I know very well that right now some are trying to isolate Cuba. We Europeans, want to show, on the contrary, that we are closer to you than ever"…

Abductions of politicians in Turkey continue

Amnesty International insists there were “credible grounds” eight people, including politicians, had forcibly disappeared after criticising the Government, Director of European and Central Asia program Human Rights Watch Hugh Williamson said. Human Rights Watch: RT mephamd: #Torture is now widespread in #Turkey, including beatings, rape and threats of rap… pic.twitter.com/lnRLcWR39C — Human Dev Project (@humandevproject)…

Uzbek human rights activist dies in prison

The Uzbekistan government should immediately allow an independent investigation into the enforced disappearance and death in prison of a human rights and opposition activist Nuraddin Jumaniyazov, Human Rights Watch said today. On June 16, 2017, Gulnora Rahmonova, his widow, reported that her husband had died in prison on December 31, 2016, from tuberculosis and diabetes-related…

EU-Azerbaijan meeting overshadowed by Human Rights issues

Europen Union officials should press President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan to free unjustly imprisoned political activists, journalists, and other government critics, Human Rights Watch said today. EU officials should also urge Aliyev to end the crackdown on independent groups and allow them to operate without undue government interference. President Aliyev will be in Brussels on…