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National minorities: Council of Europe body calls on Italy to better protect Roma, Sinti and Camminanti
On 28 July, the Council of Europe Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM) has called on Italy to take urgent steps to elaborate and adopt a specific national legislative framework for the protection of Roma, Sinti and Camminanti communities.
On 27 July, the United Nations human rights chief expressed alarm at reports that up to 14 people face imminent execution in Indonesia, most of them for drug-related offences, calling on the authorities of “the most prolific executioner” in Southeast Asia to immediately reinstate a moratorium on the death penalty.
OSCE Office in Tajikistan organises first regional forum for promoting women’s political participation in Khujand
On 24 July, the OSCE Office in Tajikistan organised the first regional forum for promoting women’s political participation in Khujand, with the aim of increasing community outreach, engaging women leaders in the region and supporting women’s empowerment in political and public life.
Two journalists who worked on political magazines in Hong Kong have been jailed in mainland China for running an illegal business.
Оn 25 July, responding to the news that the Turkish authorities had issued arrest warrants for 42 journalists, Amnesty International called on to stop prosecution of the mass media representatives.
Three public discussions on the regulatory legal acts regarding the use of natural resources and environmental protection are being organised from 19 to 27 July 2016 by the OSCE Centre in Bishkek and the local Aarhus Centre.
On 23 July, Senior United Nations officials as well as the UN Security Council strongly condemned an attack on a peaceful demonstration in the Afghan capital.
On 21 July, the Office of the Commissioner in the Republic of Armenia said that some journalists had suffered during clashes with the police in Yerevan.
On 21 July, Amnesty International said that the Hong Kong authorities’ prosecution of three pro-democracy student leaders sends a chilling warning for freedom of expression and peaceful assembly in the city.
On 19 July, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein called on the Turkish authorities to respond to the attempted military coup on 15 July by reinforcing the protection of human rights and strengthening democratic institutions and checks and balances.