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Independence of judiciary in Poland and mass detentions in Kazakhstan – meetings at the CoE

6 July 2018

On the occasion of the summer session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), a delegation of civil society activists from Poland and the Open Dialogue Foundation (ODF) held a series of bilateral meetings with PACE Members and Permanent Representations to the Organisation.

ODF at the CoE concerned with dismantling of independence of judiciary in Poland and mass detentions in Kazakhstan

6 July 2018

On the occasion of the summer session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), a delegation of civil society activists from Poland and the Open Dialogue Foundation (ODF) held a series of bilateral meetings with PACE Members and Permanent Representations to the Organisation.

Delegation of lawyers, judge and human rights defenders bring their witness to the 38th UN Human Rights Council

2 July 2018

Between the 25 and 27 June, 2018, a delegation of lawyers, a judge and human rights defenders from Moldova, Russia, Kazakhstan, Italy, Belgium and Turkey, led by the Open Dialogue Foundation, participated in the 38th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Defence for the defenders: Lawyers and attorneys under attack for participation in politically motivated cases

29 June 2018

The right to defence is one of the fundamental human rights that is enshrined in a number of international agreements. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights proclaims the principle of equality of all before the law, the presumption of innocence, and the right to be examined openly.

Defending the right to defend: IOL demands end to harassment of lawyers Botagoz Jardemalie and Ana Ursachi

14 June 2018

The International Observatory for Lawyers in Danger (IOL) recently published two statements expressing its concern for Ana Ursachi and Botagoz Jardemalie, both lawyers and human rights defenders, from Moldova and Kazakhstan, respectively.

ODF side-event on Persecution of Lawyers at the UN 38th Human Rights Council in Geneva

7 June 2018

The ODF and the Italian Federation for Human Rights, with the valued support of the Nonviolent Radical Party, Transnational and Transparty, are pleased to announce the holding of the third event concerning the persecution of lawyers and international instruments for their protection.

PACE new recommendations: Protecting human rights defenders and the independent work of NGOs

31 May 2018

On 24 May 2018, the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights of PACE adopted two draft resolutions expressing its concern over new legislations and restrictions on NGOs’ activities in member States of the CoE and calling for the need to strengthen the important role of human rights defenders.

ODF visits PACE: “Civil liberties in Ukraine and Kazakhstan at stake”

27 April 2018

On the occasion of the Spring session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, a delegation of human rights defenders and civil society experts were present in Strasbourg between Monday 23 and Wednesday 25 April, 2018

Interpol removes the name of Russian political refugee Yan Andreyev from its wanted list

6 April 2018

On 23 March 2018, the Commission for the Control of INTERPOL's Files reported that the name of Yan Andreyev had been removed from the international wanted list. His prosecution has been recognised as politically motivated. The Open Dialogue Foundation reported widely on the case of Yan Andreyev.

Delegation of defenders from the ODF attends 37th Human Rights Council in support of harassed lawyers

9 March 2018

Between 1 and 2 March, 2018, a delegation of defenders from the Open Dialogue Foundation met in Geneva on the occasion of the 37th session of the UN Human Rights Council.

Persecution of lawyers: individual cases presented at EP and at the OSCE PA Winter Meeting

1 March 2018

In February 2018, two events on the topic of the persecution of lawyers were held at the premises of the European Parliament in Brussels (Tuesday, 20 February 2018) and at the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Winter Meeting in Vienna (Friday, 23 February 2018)

Programme OSCE PA Side-event on protection of Lawyers

22 February 2018

Persecution of lawyers: selected cases from Moldova, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Ukraine, Russia and Kazakhstan

A smear campaign against the Open Dialogue Foundation has reached the walls of the European Parliament (updated)

16 February 2018

Under the guise of a discussion on ‘financial fraud’, an information attack was launched against the Open Dialogue Foundation in the European Parliament. The smear campaign against our organisation has become a revenge for our activities to protect human rights in the post-Soviet space… (read more)

Strasbourg: Members of PACE concerned about the rule of law, media freedom and independence of NGOs in Poland

30 January 2018

On the occasion of the winter session of the PACE, the Open Dialogue Foundation organised a 4-day mission to Strasbourg. The Polish delegation was headed by Lyudmyla Kozlovska, President of the ODF, Anna Prus from The Poland-wide Women’s Strike and Robert Hojda – creator of the Przystań “OKO”.

Written contribution to the PACE report “The case for drafting a European Convention on the Profession of Lawyer”

17 January 2018

The work of a lawyer in the Eastern European member countries of the Council of Europe is fraught with many risks: murders and attempted assassinations, criminal prosecution, pressure on relatives, illegal searches, attempts to withhold an attorney’s license, and slanderous media campaigns.

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