May 02, 2022
OPORA recently discussed how Russian occupiers have been inconsistent in how they govern the temporarily occupied territories, possible methods include the creation of nonexistent offices, the holding of pseudo-referenda or incorporation into occupied Crimea.
April 20, 2022
OPORA states that for a national referendum to abide by national legislation and meet democratic standards, Russian troops should withdraw from Ukraine, necessary infrastructure should be restored, and Ukrainian internal migrants and refugees should be given the possibility to vote.
April 13, 2022
The enormous involvement of civil society in defending democratic institutions in Hungary must be supported by the international community. The European Union should work out a model of strategic and long-term financial support for civil society organizations in Hungary in order to ensure their further operability and effectiveness.
Viasna issued its latest Human Rights monitoring report: prosecution of protesters, incl. in anti-war protests, continues; 1, 166 political prisoners held in detention, incl. members of Viasna; numerous cases of ill-treatment of political prisoners reported.
Several Armenian civil society organizations, including EPDE members Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Vanadzor and Transparency International Anti-Corruption Center, released a comprehensive monitoring report on the progress of reforms in Armenia.
As the Moldovan parliament intends to amend legislation on freedom of expression, EPDE member Promo-LEX warns against carrying out these amendments hastily or without genuine consultation. They also caution against some of the proposed definitions for ‘false information’, ‘information that affects the security of the public information space’ and ‘disinformation’, which could leave room for interpretation or abuse.
Democracy defenders across Europe have been shocked by Russia’s attack on democratic and independent Ukraine. Within the EPDE, members have issued statements of solidarity and support for our Ukrainian colleagues. We have collected some of these.
In analyzing a proposed draft law concerning the execution of decisions by the Constitutional Court on electoral matters, Promo-LEX criticizes that only one of its recommendations has been included in the draft law and that there was a lack of a public consultation process.
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