EaP CSF Participates in a Side Event on Civil Society Space in EaP at the 31st session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva

The side event hosted by the Permanent Mission of Lithuania was held on 1 March 2016 and aimed at approaching the issue of widening civil society space in the Eastern Partnership region. The speakers, including Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevicius, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Mikheil Janelidzeand a member of the Eastern Partnership

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The European Court for Human Rights Announces Two Decisions on Azerbaijani Activists

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) declared on 11 February two decisions on Azerbaijan. The ECHR upheld the joint complaint of Ilham Huseynli, Elchin Salimov and Ahmadzade Ibrahim, who had been arrested for participating in protests in Baku on 31 March and 2 April 2011. They were subjected to physical pressure and were arrested administratively. Local courts have

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New Foreign Minister of Poland Comments the Eastern Partnership Policy in his Recent Address to the Parliament on the Priorities of Polish Diplomacy

New Foreign Minister of Poland Comments the Eastern Partnership Policy in his Recent Address to the Parliament on the Priorities of Polish Diplomacy

Poland wants to change the European Union’s Eastern Partnership (EaP) policy, Witold Waszczykowski, the new Foreign Minister has told the Polish Parliament in a recent foreign policy debate. Waszczykowski underscored that Eastern policy remained a priority for Poland but added his country wanted to „create a new instrument for the European Union capable of positively influencing

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PACE Adopts Resolutions for Effective Protection of Human Rights Defenders and NGOs; Case of EaP CSF member Promo-LEX Presented

PACE Adopts Resolutions for Effective Protection of Human Rights Defenders and NGOs; Case of EaP CSF member Promo-LEX Presented

In recognition of the invaluable work of human rights defenders for the protection and promotion of human rights and fundamental values, as well as of the activities of all the non-governmental organisations (NGOs) whose work has strengthened human rights, democracy and the rule of law in their countries, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of

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EaP CSF Regranted Projects on DCFTA Implementation Presented at the Permanent Representation of Lithuania to the EU

The Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum and the Eastern Europe Studies Centre from Lithuania held on 27 January the panel discussion: “DCFTA Implementation in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine: Overcoming Challenges and Embracing Opportunities”. The event took place at the Permanent Representation of Lithuania to the European Union and was opened by H.E. Jovita Neliupšiené, Lithuanian Permanent Representative to the

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EaP CSF Addresses Open Letter on the Situation in Moldova to High Representative Mogherini and Commissioner Hahn

At its first meeting this year, the new Steering Committee (SC) of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) addressed an open letter on current developments in Moldova to High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn. Considering the volatile and complex situation in Moldova

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New Anti-Corruption Protests Brought Together Divided Moldovans against the Newly-Formed Government

New Anti-Corruption Protests Brought Together Divided Moldovans against the Newly-Formed Government

Protests in Moldovan capital of Chisinau continued over the weekend as thousands of people went to streets demanding the resignation of the newly-formed government and calling for early elections. The new government was approved on 20 of January 2016 by the parliamentary majority willing to avoid early elections that could bring a defeat to the

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IPHR and OSEPI Roundtable and Report Presentation on Human Rights Defenders in Azerbaijan

International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) together with the Open Society European Policy Institute (OSEPI) co-organized on 19 January 2016 the expert discussion Justice Behind Bars: The Persecution of Civil Society in Azerbaijan that featured the presentation of the new report with the same title, published by IPHR in December 2015. The report portrays the abuse of the criminal justice

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EU-Ukraine DCFTA Comes into Effect with the Start of the New Year

On 1 January 2016 starts being applied the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) between the EU and Ukraine, which is part of the larger Association Agreement (AA) signed in June 2014. The political and cooperation association chapters and general provisions of the AA are already operational provisionally since November 2014 while the entire EU-Ukraine

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