A roundup of last week’s top human rights stories from the New East
Return of the ‘People’s Patrol’ in Russia to crack down on online dissent
Yevgeny Savchenko, the governor of Belgorod in Russia has recently signed a decree aimed at bringing into force a group of online informants known as “cyber-druzhina”. The role of these informants would be to monitor the internet for any material deemed extremist or ‘illegal’ by the regime.
Source: Radio Liberty
Thousands take part in LBGT parade in Warsaw
An estimated 13,000 people took part in a parade in central Warsaw on 03 June expressing support for LGBT rights as well as for the rights of the disabled and other marginalised groups. The LGBT community continue to face widespread discrimination in the staunchly Catholic country.
Source: Washington Post
NGOs urge the UN Human Rights Council to renew the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Belarus
Several NGOs, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, urged the UN Human Rights Council to renew the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Belarus in a joint letter. The request comes as the authorities recently cracked down on protests against a proposed ‘parasite’ tax on the unemployed.
Source: Human Rights Watch
Journalist kidnapped in Tbilisi and taken to Baku to face trial
Investigative journalist Afgan Mukhtarli was kidnapped in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi and taken to Baku in Azerbaijan to face trial on charges of illegal border crossing and smuggling. It is believed that Mukhtarli was targeted for helping Azerbaijani journalists and activists escape persecution in Azerbaijan and resettle in Georgia.
ОCSE announce 111% increase in civilian casualties in war in Eastern Ukraine
Deputy head of the OCSE mission in Ukraine, Alexander Hug, announced a 111% increase in civilian casualties in the war in Eastern Ukraine compared to last year.
Source: Kyiv Post