EaP CSF Calls on Ukrainian Government to Repeal Amendments to E-Declaration Law

The Steering Committee of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum released a statement expressing disappointment at the approval of the amendments to the Ukrainian law on electronic declaration of assetson 30 March 2017. According to these amendments,  individuals engaged in  anti-corruption activities (civic activists, businesses providing anti-corruption CSOs with services, representatives of institutions  supporting anti-corruption activists) have

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It is time for the EU to apply conditionality vis-à-vis Belarus, says EaP CSF monitoring mission

Albeit after the release of political prisoners in August 2015 the situation with human and civil rights in Belarus was relatively calm, in the absence of systemic changes and reforms no guarantees that a political or social protest will not result in immediate repressions and violations of human rights were created. As a proof, the peaceful protests of

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Belarusian Civil Society Calls for Postponement of EU-Belarus Coordination Group Meeting

Following the events of 25-26 March in Minsk and other Belarusian cities, the EaP CSF Belarusian National Platform (BNP) released a statement calling on the responsible EU officials to objectively assess the situation in the country and consider the opportunities, as well as the conditions and limitations for any further development of the EU-Belarus dialogue. According to the Platform’s members, relations between the

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EU-Belarus Cooperation May Soon Be Put on Ice over Repressive Measures by Belarusian Authorities

Over the course of March 2017, mass peaceful protests of citizens as a reaction to the adoption of the Presidential Decree No. 3 “On preventing social dependency” have been taking place in Belarus. In disregard of the Constitutional provisions on freedom of speech and assembly, in many cities around Belarus, mass arbitrary arrests with excessive

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Belarusian Civil Society Condemns Arrests, Calls on Authorities to Immediately Release Peaceful Protesters

The EaP CSF Belarusian National Platform express their indignation and condemn the repressive actions of the officials and law enforcement agencies of the Republic of Belarus related to the detention and punishment of participants in numerous peaceful protest actions in various cities in the country. In recent weeks, mass peaceful protests of citizens have been organised around the

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Azerbaijani National Platform Deplores Mehman Huseynov’s Arrest

Members of the EaP CSF Azerbaijani National Platform condemn the verdict of the Surakhany District Court as of 2 March 2017 on the two-year sentence for Mehman Huseynov, Chairman of the Institute for Rapporteurs’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS Azerbaijan), and consider this judgment to be another blow to the civil society and freedom of expression

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Moldovan National Platform Denounces Worsening Environment for Civil Society Organizations in the Republic of Moldova

On 3 March 2017, the Moldovan National Platform released a Statement expressing concern for the worsening environment for civil society organizations in Moldova and the climate of increasing intimidation against independent media by public authorities. According to the Statement, independent media outlets and NGOs expressing critical views on the current Moldovan leadership are accused of

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24 Major Human Rights NGOs and Civil Society Organizations Concerned Over Crackdown On Free Expression in Azerbaijan

A group of 24 major human rights NGOs and civil society organizations, including the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum, co-signed a statement to protest against the arrest of Mehman Huseynov, prominent Azerbaijani multimedia journalist and Chairman of the country’s leading freedom of expression group, Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety. On 3 February 2017, Huseynov was

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Geographical Indications in the EaP countries. Current State of Affairs

The Ecological Movement of Moldova and its partners from Kakheti Regional Development Foundation, International Charitable Organisation “Information Center “Green Dossier” and NGO Ecohome developed the research paper “Geographical Indications in the EaP countries. Current State of Affairs” within the EaP CSF Re-granting project “DCFTAs’ enshrined Geographic Indications/GIs for non-wine food products: A boost for partnerships’ based rural development in EaP”

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