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Liblik & others v Estonia

28.5.19: Between August 2005 and October 2006, the Internal Security Service carried out secret surveillance of the applicants based on authorisation decisions of the prosecutor or preliminary investigation judge. The criminal proceedings brought by the Estonian authorities related to suspicions of corruption involving exchanges of plots of land in conservation areas for plots in areas where development was permitted. The first instance court acquitted the applicants, holding that the surveillance evidence was inadmissible as it had been obtained unlawfully.

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Ter-Petrosyan v Armenia

25.4.19: The applicant, Levon Ter-Petrosyan, is an Armenian national who was the President of Armenia between 1991 and 1998. He was the main opposition candidate in the 19 February 2008 Presidential election, standing against then Prime Minister Mr Sargsyan. Immediately after the preliminary results of the election were announced, the applicant called on his supporters to gather at Yerevan’s Freedom Square to protest against alleged electoral irregularities.

EHRAC Bulletin

EHRAC Spring 2019 Bulletin

4.4.19: We have had a busy and exciting start to 2019 which we are delighted to be able to share with you in our new online Bulletin and Blog, launched today.

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Drėlingas v Lithuania

12.3.19: The applicant, Stanislovas Drėlingas, is a Lithuanian national who served as a senior officer in the MGB and KGB Soviet security forces while Lithuania was part of the USSR. In 2014 (after Lithuania’s independence), the applicant was convicted of genocide for his role in the partisans’ arrest on the grounds that, as opponents to Soviet occupation of Lithuania, the partisans had been members of a distinct “national-ethnic-political group”.

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Dzhioyeva & others; Kudukhova & Kudukhova; and Naniyeva & Bagayev v Georgia

29.1.19: The Court issued an admissibility decision in three cases against Georgia from Tskhinvali region concerning the Russia-Georgia conflict in August 2008.

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Khadija Ismayilova v Azerbaijan

10.1.19: Award-winning Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova received threats, and was secretly filmed and recorded, with the authorities failing to take action.

EHRAC Bulletin

EHRAC Bulletin Winter 2018

19.12.18: This is the 30th edition of the EHRAC Legal Bulletin, marking 15 years since its first publication. Throughout this time, we have aimed to provide timely, in-depth and engaging analysis of the latest legal developments in the former Soviet space, and from the European Court of Human Rights and Council of Europe. As a renewed commitment to this ambition, we are refreshing the Bulletin with a new online format.

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The severe toll of abusive drug laws in Georgia

19.12.18: In August 2018, Human Rights Watch (HRW) published a report on Georgia’s zero-tolerance approach to drug consumption or possession, which has resulted in harsh punishments, with prison sentences for drug-related offences often significantly exceeding those for serious crimes.

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Standing up in the face of discrimination and hate crime

19.12.18: Olena Shevchenko (Insight, Ukraine) explains the difficulties she has faced in the last year as one of the most high-profile activists on issues of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in Ukraine, particularly following the International Women’s Day march in Kyiv on 8 March.

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In whose interest? How corrupt and repressive regimes seek influence and legitimacy

19.12.18: Transparency International UK’s Steve Goodrich explores how corrupt and repressive regimes in Russia, Azerbaijan and Bahrain seek influence and legitimacy amongst UK politicians. This calls into question the legitimacy of decisions made by parliamentarians.

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The practice of female genital mutilation in Dagestan

19.12.18: As a study by the Stichting Justice Initiative (SJI) has found, the practice of female genital mutilation is rife in Dagestan. Vanessa Kogan looks at the attitudes of men in areas where FGM is practised, and challenges the assumption that everyone in the local community supports FGM.

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Haziyev v Azerbaijan

6.12.18: Journalist Seymur Haziyev was punched in the face by a stranger, and after he hit the assailant in defence, he was detained and charged with hooliganism.