The Republic of Azerbaijan has assumed the presidency of the Council of Europe - an organization set up to promote democracy and human rights. But the authoritarian regime of Ilham Aliyev keeps more than 100 political prisoners locked up.
One year ago, the European Court of Human Rights sentenced Italy for inhuman and degrading treatment in relation to prison conditions. It gave Italy one year to solve the problems. One year later, what does prison life look like now?
"Chiamiamola tortura" (Let's call it torture) is a campaign launched first by Antigone two years ago and relaunched on the 28th of March 2014. The campaign aims to introduce the crime of torture in Italy's penal code.
The refugees and "Friends of the Refugees" were awarded the distinction “Human of the Year” for 2013 in the annual Bulgarian Helsinki Committee awards for their contribution to and protection of human rights.
On December 8, 2013, a special public safety area was declared in the village of Pungesti (Vaslui County, Romania) because of the occurring protests against Chevron, a company exploring for shale gas. Villagers live as if they were in a state of siege
The Human Rights Monitoring Institute was approached by a person whose pre-trial detention lasted for more than three months. "Three months without sleep," reminisces the man about how he felt while detained. "And not a single court hearing took place throughout this whole time," he adds.