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Legislative Protection | Major legal victory calling for protection of human rights defenders in European Court of Human Rights

In what we consider to be its most significant statement on human rights defenders to date, the European Court of Human Rights has upheld a claim of unlawful detention and ill-treatment brought by Azerbaijani human rights defender and lawyer Intigam Aliyev. Drawing extensively on UN materials, the Court found Azerbaijan in violation of the European Convention on Human Rights.

HRC34 | Civil society presents key takeaways from Human Rights Council

The 34th session of the Human Rights Council has restored consensus to the important resolution on human rights defenders and moved towards accountability on some situations, but failed to deliver on other urgent issues and countries of concern, NGOs say in presenting key takeaways from the session.

Tackling the democratic recession

Worlwide we are simultaneously witnessing a democratic recession on the part of governments and an increasing appetite for democracy on the part of ordinary people. We must respond with an increased commitment to the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly, association and expression, writes UN expert Maina Kiai.