Romania: Anti-corruption experts concerned by use of emergency procedures to amend legislation

In a report published today, the Council of Europe anti-corruption body (GRECO) expresses concern about the use of emergency procedures to amend legislation in Romania, instead of using proper parliamentary process.

Azerbaijan: Court declares investigation into murder of journalist Elmar Huseynov was “inadequate”

The case Huseynova v. Azerbaijan (application no. 10653/10) was brought by the wife of Elmar Huseynov, a well-known journalist who was shot dead on 2 March 2005.

Court awards €3m following “serious failings” in Russia’s response to Beslan terror attack

Human rights judges ruled today that the Russian authorities were responsible for “serious failings” in their response to the Beslan school terrorist attack, which left 180 children dead.

Anti-torture experts report on France

A new report from anti-torture experts urges France to tackle the problem of serious prison over-crowding and wants improvements in detention conditions.

Azerbaijan: Human rights court set to rule on complaint alleging state involvement in journalist Elmar Huseynov’s murder

The case was brought by Rushaniya Huseynova, the wife of Elmar Huseynov, a prominent independent journalist, who wrote critical articles of the government as well as the opposition. He was shot dead outside their apartment as he returned home from work on 2 March 2005.