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February 02 2010


Concern about political prisoners in Armenia

A press release issued by the South Caucasus Network of Human Rights Defenders on the recent indictment of Haykakan Zhamanak (“Armenian Times”) chief editor Nikol Pashinyan reads as follows:

“On January 19, the Court of First Instance of Kentron and Nork Marash districts of Yerevan, presided by Judge M. Martirosyan passed sentence on Nikol Pashinyan and convicted him to 7 years of imprisonment.


“The South Caucasus Network of Human Rights Defenders makes a request to the international community to carry out the monitoring of obligations assumed by the Armenian authorities and to exert pressure to them with a demand to stop the harsh treatment toward the citizens who struggle for democratic reforms.”

January 25 2010


Chinese human rights web sites suffer attacks

CNET is reporting that the sites of Chinese Human Rights Defenders and four related groups were targeted by cyberattacks over the weekend, according to the organisation. A distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack paralyzed the Chinese Human Rights Defenders site for about 16 hours on Saturday and Sunday. Also attacked were Civil Rights and Livelihood Watch, Independent Chinese Pen Center, New Century News, and Canyu, the group said.

Journalist to chair Human Rights Watch Board

Journalist and editor James F. Hoge Jr. will take over the chairmanship of Human Rights Watch in October. Hoge, currently editor of Foreign Affairs magazine, will become the fourth board chair in Human Rights Watch’s 32 years.

World Report: Abusers Target Human Rights Messengers | Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch - Washington, DC) - Governments responsible for serious human rights violations have over the past year intensified attacks against human rights defenders and organizations that document abuse, Human Rights Watch said today in issuing its World Report 2010.

January 20 2010


Interviews wanted at jailed Baku blogger's London protest

I'll have a small video camera at the demonstration outside the Azerbaijan Embassy on Friday Jan 22 @ 1pm.

The idea is to get short, 30" clips from some of those who made the effort to turn up.

The interviews will go into an article on Media Helping Media (MHM) and on MHM's You Tube site and our Facebook Group.

So if you see me with a small Flip camera and want to send a message, please say hi.

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