The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), CIVICUS, Freedom House, and Front Line Defenders condemn yesterday’s conviction of four human rights defenders from the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) and a National Election Committee (NEC) official, in what we see as a clear attack against their legitimate human rights work.
Freedom House is gravely concerned by an apparent systematic crackdown on the legal profession by a number of OSCE participating States. Since 2017, restrictive legislative changes and punitive measures targeting individual lawyers were especially egregious in Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, and Crimea.
International human rights, media, and Internet freedom organizations urge Russia and various intergovernmental organizations to redress Russia's freedom of expression and privacy violations online and offline.
Freedom House would like to draw the attention of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights and the participating States to the continuing crackdown on freedom of the press in Eurasia.