19 February 2016
High Commissioner proposes to refine draft law on rallies

High Commissioner proposes to refine draft law on rallies

19 February 2016

On 19 February, Ella Pamfilova petitioned the Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Public and Religious Organisations, Yaroslav Nilov, to refine the draft federal law On Amendments to Article 2 of the Federal Law ‘On Assemblies, Rallies, Demonstrations, Processions, and Picketing’.

18 February 2016

CPT Report on Sweden: no signs of progress in restrictions imposed on remand prisoners

18 February 2016

On 17 February, the Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) issued a report following its visit to Sweden from 18 to 28 May 2015. The Committee called on Swedish authorities to ease restrictions for remand prisoners.

17 February 2016

Canada: Number of missing or killed indigenous women may be far more than previous estimates

17 February 2016

On 17 February, Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett said that the number of missing or murdered indigenous women in Canada may be far more than previous estimates of 1,200.

16 February 2016
UN called on British and Swedish authorities to end arbitrary detention of Assange

UN called on British and Swedish authorities to end arbitrary detention of Assange

16 February 2016

On 15 February, the UN Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order, Alfred de Zayas, called on British and Swedish authorities to promptly accept a UN working group’s ruling on the founder of the WikiLeaks website, Julian Assange. Last week the experts of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention said that Assange’s detention was illegal.

15 February 2016

Amnesty International called on Nicaragua authorities to stop building interoceanic canal

15 February 2016

On 15 February, Amnesty International called on the Nicaragua authorities to stop its multibillion dollar construction of the Nicaragua Interoceanic Grand Canal, which will divide the country into two parts. The construction of the canal will jeopardise the survival of tens of thousands of people.

12 February 2016
Catalonia: Low-income citizens to be provided with preferential tariffs for utility and housing maintenance services

Catalonia: Low-income citizens to be provided with preferential tariffs for utility and housing maintenance services

12 February 2016

The Government of Catalonia is going to amend the bill concerning the fight against climate change and to provide preferential or free tariffs on utility and housing maintenance services for poor people. Civil servants want to establish the minimal quantity of consumption of water, electricity and gas required to maintain comfortable living conditions for  low-income  groups of the population.

11 February 2016

Five people executed in the USA since beginning of 2016

11 February 2016

On 10 February, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe called on the United States authorities to introduce a moratorium on the death penalty as a first step towards abolition. The Declaration on the death penalty in the United States was adopted by the Committee of Ministers that day.

10 February 2016
Great Britain: Youth jails should be replaced by "secure schools"

Great Britain: Youth jails should be replaced by "secure schools"

10 February 2016

On 9 February, Charlie Taylor, a government’s expert adviser on behaviour in schools, called on British authorities to replace youth jails and other training centres with a new network of small "secure schools".

09 February 2016

Turkish journalist arrested for posts on social media

09 February 2016

On 8 February, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) called on Turkish authorities to release Hayri Tunç immediately, a reporter for the independent news website Jiyan, who had spread propaganda for the illegal organisation.

05 February 2016

Saudi Arabia: Court sentenced poet to eight years in prison and 800 lashes instead of death penalty

05 February 2016

At the beginning of February, a Saudi court sentenced Palestinian poet Ahsraf Fayadh to eight-year prison term and 800 lashes for calling to renounce Islam allegedly promoted in a book of his poems. According to his lawyer, the court ordered him to repent and renounce his poetry in official media.