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EaP CSF Expresses Full Solidarity with Protesters in Russia

Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) Steering Committee condemns the heavy-handed action taken by the Russian authorities in response to protests on 27 July 2019. The brutality and violence, as well as the wave of arrests that has followed, is no way to...

EaP CSF Armenian National Platform Calls Upon Stakeholders to Ensure Genuine Civil Society Participation – in Creating the Bilateral Civil Society Platform under CEPA

Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) Armenian National Platform “expresses deep concern with regard to the implementation of Article 366 of the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement” (CEPA) between the EU and Armenia, pointing its...

EaP CSF Steering Committee Calls for the Recognition of Current Moldovan Parliament and Coalition Government

As the situation remains tense in Moldova, "the priority is to return to political dialogue and re-establish trust in [the country's] democratic institutions" – we read in the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) Steering Committee statement....

EaP CSF Calls for Maintaining Civil Society “High on the Agenda” at the High-level Conference, Celebrating 10 Years of Eastern Partnership in Brussels

There is a need to keep civil society involved in shaping the future policy agenda – heard heads of states and government leaders, gathered at the high-level conference, celebrating 10 years of Eastern Partnership. Hennadiy Maksak (EaP CSF Ukraine Country...

“Gender Equality is a Common Value”: EaP CSF Working Group 1 Adopts a Resolution on Gender, Addressing the Forum at All Levels and Drawing on Existing Experiences

“Gender equality is a common value and an integrated part of the process”, leading to true democratic reforms and European integration, reads the Working Group 1 Democracy, Human Rights, Good Governance and Stability Resolution on Gender, adopted at the...

EaP CSF Delivers a Speech at Foreign Affairs Ministerial in Brussels, Ahead of High-Level Events Dedicated to 10 Years of Eastern Partnership

At the last Eastern Partnership Ministerial (Foreign Affairs) Meeting, EaP CSF was represented by Zaur Akbar, Working Group 4 Coordinator and Steering Committee Member – who pointed that, despite all the successes, policy-makers should pay close attention...

Campaigns by Topic

Academic Freedom

EaP CSF Points to Serious Obstacles in Implementing European High Education Area (EHEA) Tools in Belarus, Following an In-Depth Analysis of Work Plan 2018

Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF), its Ad Hoc Belarusian National Platform Committee and Belarusian Independent Bologna Committee (BIBC) have just released a Report on Meeting the Targets of the Work Plan for Implementing European High Education Area...

Belarus is Not Able to Meet its Obligations on Bologna – EaP CSF Calls on BFUG to Re-Establish a Support Group on Belarus in a Joint Memo

The information submitted by Belarus to the European Higher Education Area in 2018: Bologna Process Implementation Report is largely misconstrued, showing need for a monitoring implementation procedure – similar to Advisory Group on Support for the Belarus Roadmap...

The Implementation of Bologna Process in Belarus Should Not Be Downgraded, Says Civil Society

The Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF), as a key stakeholder representing the independent civil society perspective on the Belarus Roadmap for Higher Education Reform, urged the education ministers of the EHEA countries to make a strong commitment to...

Belarus Roadmap for Higher Education Reform – 5th Monitoring Report (February-May 2017)

The Belarusian Independent Bologna Committee (BIBC) and Ad Hoc Commission of Belarusian National Platform of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (BNP EaP CSF) released the 5th Monitoring Report of the Roadmap implementation for higher education reform in...

EaP CSF Calls on the EU to Use Its Authority and Support Independence of Academia in Hungary

The EaP CSF Steering Committee is deeply concerned about recently initiated amendments to Hungary’s higher education law, which are specifically targeting the Central European University (CEU) and were signed by the Hungarian President on 10 April. A stronghold of...

Belarus Roadmap for Higher Education Reform – 4th Monitoring Report (October 2016-January 2017)

The Belarusian Independent Bologna Committee (BIBC) and Ad Hoc Commission of Belarusian National Platform of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (BNP EaP CSF) released the 4th Monitor Report of the Roadmap implementation for higher education reform in Belarus...

Belarus Roadmap for Higher Education Reform – 3rd Monitoring Report (June-September 2016)

The Belarusian Independent Bologna Committee (BIBC) and Ad Hoc Commission of Belarusian National Platform of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (BNP EaP CSF) released the third monitor report of the Roadmap implementation for higher education reform in...

Implemetation of Belarus Roadmap for Higher Education Reform 2nd Monitoring Report (January-May 2016)

The Belarusian Independent Bologna Committee (BIBC) and the Ad Hoc Commission of the Belarusian National Platform of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (BNP of EaP CSF) released the second report on the Roadmap implementation of Higher Education Reform for...

Anti-Corruption

EaP CSF Steering Committee Issues a Statement on Moldova, Ahead of Parliamentary Elections – Urging International Actors to Watch the Situation Closely

During their meeting on 7 February 2019 in Brussels, Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) Steering Committee issued a statement on Moldova, addressing the situation before the Parliamentary elections scheduled for 24 February 2019. The message coming from...

Following the Meeting in Chisinau, EaP CSF Steering Committee Addresses Moldovan National Platform’s Concerns on State Capture and Money-Laundering in the Country

The Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) Steering Committee reacted to an appeal drafted by the Moldovan National Platform, pointing to a worsening state of affairs in the country – listing numerous symptoms of state capture and money-laundering, which...

Moldovan National Platform Condemns Pressure on Civil Society Fighting State Capture and Urges EU to Take a Strong Stance on the Situation

Veaceslav Negruta, an expert of Transparency International Moldova, has come under increasing pressure from the current government representatives. His former advisor was arrested two months ago and is being forced by the law enforcement agencies to testify against...

EaP CSF Steering Committee Urges PACE Members to Support the Motion of No Confidence in the President of PACE

The Steering Committee of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum welcomes the recent motion of no confidence in the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) put forward by 158 members of the Assembly. The EaP CSF Steering Committee...

The EaP CSF Armenian National Platform Condemns Corruption Related to Implementation of EU-funded Projects

The EaP CSF Armenian National Platform has issued a statement expressing deep concern over the cases of corruption and fraud within EU-funded projects. The ANP also welcomes the activities of the EU delegation to Armenia, aimed at tackling crimes and violation as...

PACE and Azerbaijan: 56 NGOs Appeal to Investigate Corruption Allegations against MPs

The Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum, together with other 55 prominent human rights and civil society organizations, has jointly signed an appeal to conduct a thorough and fair investigation on the corruption claims, related to the work of PACE on Azerbaijan....

CSOs Environment

EaP CSF Calls for Maintaining Civil Society “High on the Agenda” at the High-level Conference, Celebrating 10 Years of Eastern Partnership in Brussels

There is a need to keep civil society involved in shaping the future policy agenda – heard heads of states and government leaders, gathered at the high-level conference, celebrating 10 years of Eastern Partnership. Hennadiy Maksak (EaP CSF Ukraine Country...

“Gender Equality is a Common Value”: EaP CSF Working Group 1 Adopts a Resolution on Gender, Addressing the Forum at All Levels and Drawing on Existing Experiences

“Gender equality is a common value and an integrated part of the process”, leading to true democratic reforms and European integration, reads the Working Group 1 Democracy, Human Rights, Good Governance and Stability Resolution on Gender, adopted at the...

EaP CSF Delivers a Speech at Foreign Affairs Ministerial in Brussels, Ahead of High-Level Events Dedicated to 10 Years of Eastern Partnership

At the last Eastern Partnership Ministerial (Foreign Affairs) Meeting, EaP CSF was represented by Zaur Akbar, Working Group 4 Coordinator and Steering Committee Member – who pointed that, despite all the successes, policy-makers should pay close attention...

EaP CSF Presents Civil Society Perspective on Policy Developments and Further Cooperation Post-2020 at Senior Official Meeting (SOM) in Brussels

On 11 April 2019, Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) delivered a speech at Senior Official Meeting (SOM) in Brussels – taking account of policy dialogue under Eastern Partnership, and discussing direction for further cooperation after year...

EaP CSF Belarusian National Platform Adopts Resolutions on Priorities for Civil Society, Ostrovets Nuclear Plant and Remarks on Belarusian Sovereignty

On 26 January 2019, Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) Belarusian National Platform reconvened in Minsk to address its strategy for 2019-2021 and other priorities for the coming years. This year's conference dealt with civil society's role in promoting...

EaP CSF WG1 Re-granting Project “Increasing Capacity for Implementing Efficient Gender Policy and Practices”: International Conference in Kyiv Draws Participants from All 6 EaP Countries to Discuss Gender Mainstreaming and Policy Responses

On 11-13 October, Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) participated in an international conference “Gender policies and practices of EU and EaP countries”, held in Kyiv, Ukraine – as part of EaP CSF Working Group 1 Re-granting Project “Increasing Capacity...

“Social Partnership for Equality” Working Group 5 Re-granting Project Mets at Large in Kyiv to Discuss Vectors For Further Cooperation with Institutional Partners

On 23 August, the Ukrainian organisations involved in “Social Partnership for Equality” Working Group 5 Re-granting Project (NGO “Bureau of Social and Political Developments”, Federation of Trade Unions of Ukraine – FTU and Confederation of Free Trade Unions of...

Ukrainian Government Invites Civil Society to Talks on Gender Equality and Discrimination – Coinciding with EaP CSF WG5 “Social Partnership for Equality” Re-Granting 2018 Project Launch

On 28 June, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Human Rights Commissioner met with representatives of civil society organisations and trade unions to discuss gender equality and anti-discrimination measures in Ukraine, at the Kyiv Ombudsman Office. The meeting coincided...

EaP CSF Moldovan National Platform Urges Moldovan Authorities to Assume their Responsibility for the Failures of the Judicial System

On 11 July 2018, the member organizations of the Moldovan National Platform of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) expressed their deep concern and indignation regarding the current Government’s shrinking from the responsibility for the failure of...

EaP CSF Steering Committee Calls for the Veto of Orban’s “Stop Soros” Law and Re-visiting the Fidesz EPP Membership

The Steering Committee of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) notes with dismay the recent controversial legislation passed by the Hungarian government on 20 June on the occasion of the World Refugee Day. The new “Stop Soros” provision – Article 353A...

EaP CSF is Concerned about the Transparency of the EU Financial Support to the Civil Society in Azerbaijan

The Steering Committee (SC) of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) is concerned that financial support from the European Union (EU) should be allocated in a transparent way to projects to be conducted by civil society organisations in Azerbaijan....

Steering Committee Reiterates its Legitimate Call for Repeal of Ukraine’s Legislation on Assets Declaration One Year after Enforcement

One year ago, on March 30, Ukraine introduced amendments to legislation requiring public officials to declare assets and extended obligations to civil society activists fighting corruption. Consequently, the Steering Committee of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society...

National Platform’s Work in Armenia is Brought to a Halt by the Funding Freeze

The EaP CSF Armenian National Platform has adopted a statement  on the impossibility to continue its activities due to the  absence of funding since November 2017. The absence of the funding from the EU is  especially alarming against the backdrop of the ever-growing...

Fourth Meeting of the EU-Belarus Coordination Group Took Place in Brussels

The fourth meeting of the EU-Belarus Coordination Group took place in Brussels on 20 December against the backdrop of gradual improvement of relations between the EU and Belarus in the past two years. The Joint Declaration of the EaP Summit (Brussels, 24 November...

Activity of NGOs at Risk in Moldova with Last-Minute Adjustments to New Draft Law on NGOs

A group of over 40 human rights organizations has recently released a declaration expressing concern for the potential undemocratic limitations to NGO’s work in Moldova. The contested restrictions are contained in three articles that were recently added to the draft...

Democracy and Transparency

EaP CSF Steering Committee Calls for the Recognition of Current Moldovan Parliament and Coalition Government

As the situation remains tense in Moldova, "the priority is to return to political dialogue and re-establish trust in [the country's] democratic institutions" – we read in the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) Steering Committee statement....

EaP CSF Steering Committee Issues a Statement on Moldova, Ahead of Parliamentary Elections – Urging International Actors to Watch the Situation Closely

During their meeting on 7 February 2019 in Brussels, Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) Steering Committee issued a statement on Moldova, addressing the situation before the Parliamentary elections scheduled for 24 February 2019. The message coming from...

The Future EU-Azerbaijan Strategic Partnership Agreement Must Make a Clear Reference to Legal and Political Reforms, Say Civil Society Representatives

Azerbaijan’s relationship with the EU cannot be reduced to “a mere provider of energy security”, reads a position paper, signed by almost 30 members of Eastern Partnership Civil Society (EaP CSF) Azerbaijan National Platform. The future EU-Azerbaijan Strategic...

Following the Meeting in Chisinau, EaP CSF Steering Committee Addresses Moldovan National Platform’s Concerns on State Capture and Money-Laundering in the Country

The Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) Steering Committee reacted to an appeal drafted by the Moldovan National Platform, pointing to a worsening state of affairs in the country – listing numerous symptoms of state capture and money-laundering, which...

EaP CSF Moldovan and Ukrainian National Platforms Raise Alarm – “Dniester: No to New Dams! Yes to Free Rivers!” in a Joint Declaration Against Hydropower

In their meetings in July-August, Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) Moldovan and Ukrainian National Platforms have jointly come against the planned expansion of existing hydroelectric power plants (HPPs), as well as construction of new ones in the two...

“Monitoring Public Policies in Moldova” Report by EaP CSF Moldovan National Platform WG1 Sheds New Light on Democratic Principles and Rule of Law

The following report points to a progressive worsening of the situation in Moldova, especially with regards to the rule of law. Recent events show that the electoral legal framework works to the benefit of the ruling party, going against recommendations put together...

EaP CSF Georgian National Platform Proposals for Prosecutor General’s Office Reform Discussed at the Parliament of Georgia

On 23 July, the Working Group of the Georgian Parliament Legal Affairs Committee discussed the legislative amendments put forward by Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum Georgian National Platform (EaP CSF GNP). This comes in a month after EaP CSF GNP called the...

EaP CSF Moldovan National Platform Urges Moldovan Authorities to Assume their Responsibility for the Failures of the Judicial System

On 11 July 2018, the member organizations of the Moldovan National Platform of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) expressed their deep concern and indignation regarding the current Government’s shrinking from the responsibility for the failure of...

EaP CSF Steering Committee Welcomes the Decision by the European Union to Suspend Macro-Financial Assistance to Moldovan Government

The Steering Committee (SC) of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) thanks those members of the European Parliament (EP) who on 4 July 2018 voted for the action by the European Commission against the authorities in Moldova, following their flagrant...

Moldovan National Platform and Civic Coalition for Free and Fair Elections Alarmed by the Chisinau City Court Judgments

The members of the EaP CSF Moldovan National Platform and Civic Coalition for Free and Fair Elections are deeply concerned about the judgments issued by the Chisinau City Court on June 19, 2018 and the Chisinau Court of Appeal on 21 June, invalidating the local...

Georgian National Platform Calls on the Parliament to Reform Prosecutor’s Office Procedures

On June 21, 2018, the Georgian National Platform (GNP) of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) appealed to the Parliament of Georgia to reform the Prosecutor's Office in order to establish a proper and more democratic procedure to elect the Prosecutor...

Steering Committee Condemns the Nontransparent Invalidation of the Chisinau Mayoral Election Results

On 19 June, behind closed doors, the Chisinau City Court invalidated the results of the mayoral elections, which had brought a clear victory for the pro-European candidate Andrei Nastase. During the elections, independent national and international observers have not...

Belarusian Civil Society Expresses Solidarity with the Civil Society of Armenia

In recent weeks, representatives of the civil society of Belarus have closely followed the social and political developments in Armenia, where large-scale civic protests, strikes and demonstrations have been taking place. They served as a reaction to the appointment...

Moldovan NP urges authorities to reverse the limitations on the right of citizens to initiate national referenda

EaP CSF Moldovan National Platform calls for attention to consistently conspicuous actions by the public authorities aimed at limiting the exercise of constitutional rights in the Republic of Moldova. Our members believe that referendum is an instrument of direct...

Georgian National Platform Consults Parliament and Government on Constitutional Reform

During the past months, the Georgian National Platform (GNP) of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum has issued a number of Statements regarding the amendments to the Constitution of Georgia. In these documents, the GNP shed light on the importance of the...

EU-EaP Negotiations

EaP CSF Armenian National Platform Calls Upon Stakeholders to Ensure Genuine Civil Society Participation – in Creating the Bilateral Civil Society Platform under CEPA

Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) Armenian National Platform “expresses deep concern with regard to the implementation of Article 366 of the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement” (CEPA) between the EU and Armenia, pointing its...

EaP CSF Steering Committee Welcomes the Decision by the European Union to Suspend Macro-Financial Assistance to Moldovan Government

The Steering Committee (SC) of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) thanks those members of the European Parliament (EP) who on 4 July 2018 voted for the action by the European Commission against the authorities in Moldova, following their flagrant...

Civil Society Plays a Key Role in the Priorities of the EU-Armenia Partnership

On February 21, 2018, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia, Edward Nalbandian, signed the EU-Armenia Partnership Priorities in Brussels. The document aims to facilitate...

Fourth Meeting of the EU-Belarus Coordination Group Took Place in Brussels

The fourth meeting of the EU-Belarus Coordination Group took place in Brussels on 20 December against the backdrop of gradual improvement of relations between the EU and Belarus in the past two years. The Joint Declaration of the EaP Summit (Brussels, 24 November...

Civil Society Declaration addressed to the 5th Eastern Partnership Summit

The Civil Society Declaration was adopted at the 9th EaP CSF Annual Assembly and Eastern Partnership Civil Society Conference as a collaborative effort identifying major obstacles to further democratic development within the EaP countries and to the smooth...

Belarusian Civil Society Calls for Postponement of EU-Belarus Coordination Group Meeting

Following the events of 25-26 March in Minsk and other Belarusian cities, the EaP CSF Belarusian National Platform (BNP) released a statement calling on the responsible EU officials to objectively assess the situation in the country and consider the opportunities, as...

Statement on the EU-Armenia Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement

The EaP CSF Steering Committee welcomes the conclusion of the negotiations on the new EU-Armenia Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement on 28 February in Brussels and the initialing of the agreed text on 21 March in Yerevan by the Chief Negotiators of both...

EU-Belarus Cooperation May Soon Be Put on Ice over Repressive Measures by Belarusian Authorities

Over the course of March 2017, mass peaceful protests of citizens as a reaction to the adoption of the Presidential Decree No. 3 "On preventing social dependency" have been taking place in Belarus. In disregard of the Constitutional provisions on freedom of speech and...

EaP CSF Reacts to Result of the Dutch Referendum on EU-Ukraine Association Agreement

Following the outcome of the referendum in the Netherlands on the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, the EaP CSF Steering Committee (SC) adopted a statement. The SC highlights that the continuation of the reform process in Ukraine is a key element in strengthening...

Azerbaijani Civil Society Calls for Start of Negotiations on DCFTA with EU and WTO Membership

The Azerbaijani National Platform (NP) considers that the Association Agreement is a unique document on foreign and security policy, law, freedom, economy and culture that underpins a bilateral and deep partnership within the framework of the Eastern Partnership....

EaP CSF Belarusian National Platform Reacts to the Lifting of EU Sanctions against Belarus

The Belarusian National Platform (BNP) of the EaP CSF reacts to the Council Conclusions on Belarus. The cancellation of the European Union’s (EU) restrictive measures against Belarusian officials responsible for politically motivated reprisals and the use of violence...

Freedom of Assembly and Association

EaP CSF Expresses Full Solidarity with Protesters in Russia

Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) Steering Committee condemns the heavy-handed action taken by the Russian authorities in response to protests on 27 July 2019. The brutality and violence, as well as the wave of arrests that has followed, is no way to...

EaP CSF Steering Committee Demands Further Explanations on Stopped Activists, Travelling to Attend COP24 in Katowice, Poland – in a Statement Addressed to the Polish Authorities

“We demand an explanation from the Minister, and ask for a public apology”, says the EaP CSF Steering Committee, in relation to reports of activists being stopped at the Polish border, to preventing them to attend the United Nations Conference on Climate Change...

Steering Committee Supports the Letter to the Azerbaijani Interior Minister Signed by 100 Civil Society Activists, Lawyers & Politicians

The Steering Committee (SC) of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) strongly supports the letter dated 31 May 2018 signed by 100 civil society activists, lawyers and politicians and addressed to Mr Ramil Usubov, the Minister of Internal Affairs of...

EaP CSF Welcomes the Peaceful Resolution of the Leadership Crisis in Armenia

On this Europe Day, the Steering Committee (SC) of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) welcomes the peaceful resolution of the leadership crisis in the Republic of Armenia within a constitutional framework, which has resulted in the election of Nikol...

Belarusian Civil Society Expresses Solidarity with the Civil Society of Armenia

In recent weeks, representatives of the civil society of Belarus have closely followed the social and political developments in Armenia, where large-scale civic protests, strikes and demonstrations have been taking place. They served as a reaction to the appointment...

EaP CSF Steering Committee Calls for Release of Protesters and Suspension of CEPA

In light of the peaceful demonstrations in Yerevan and Armenian regions followed by the arrests and other violations of freedom to peaceful assembly, the EaP CSF Steering Committee (SC) addressed letters to the Armenian authorities and high-level EU officials. The...

Armenian Civil Society Appeals to International Community to Promote Democratic Values and Support Public Outcry

The Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum joins a statement signed by civil society organisations from Armenia, many of them members of the EaP CSF Armenian National Platform, calling on international organisations and democratic countries to support the struggle of...

Belarusian National Platform Considers the Recent Actions Against Independent Trade Unions Leaders Politically Motivated

The Belarusian National Platform (BNP) of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum has released a statement, condemning the criminal prosecution by Belarusian authorities of the leaders of the Belarusian independent trade unions. Two days ago, the premises of...

Joint Statement on the Recent Developments in Belarus by the EaP CSF, European Youth Forum and IPHR

The Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum, the European Youth Forum and the International Partnership for Human Rights strongly condemn the large-scale detentions of peaceful protesters in Minsk and other cities of Belarus during the Freedom Day demonstrations on 25...

Belarusian Civil Society Condemns Arrests, Calls on Authorities to Immediately Release Peaceful Protesters

The EaP CSF Belarusian National Platform express their indignation and condemn the repressive actions of the officials and law enforcement agencies of the Republic of Belarus related to the detention and punishment of participants in numerous peaceful protest actions...

Ukrainian National Platform and Working Group 5 Concerned about the Draft Labour Code of Ukraine

The Ukrainian National Platform and Working Group 5 “Social & Labour Policies and Social Dialogue” of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) are concerned about the adoption procedure and a number of provisions of the Draft Labour Code of Ukraine...

Freedom of Speech

EaP CSF Steering Committee Welcomes the Release of Detained Journalists in Belarus Amidst Concerns About Independent Media

The Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) Steering Committee issued a statement on the release of journalists detained on 8-9 August in Belarus. The statement follows an earlier call from EaP CSF Belarusian National Platform to monitor the situation...

Recent Raids on Media Outlets – EAP CSF Belarusian National Platform Urges Belarusian Authorities to Release All Detained Journalists with Immediate Effect

The Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) Belarusian National Platform calls on the Belarusian authorities and law enforcement agencies to release all journalists – many of who are in detention since 7 August. The date marks the launch of a wider criminal...

EaP CSF Welcomes Ukraine’s Decision on Preventing Fikret Huseynli’s Extradition to Azerbaijan and Restoring his Freedom of Movement

Fikret Huseynli, a Dutch journalist and citizen of Azerbaijani origin, is finally back at his home in the Netherlands after six months of being prevented from leaving Ukraine. During this time, Ukrainian General Prosecutor Office deliberated on a an Interpol...

Steering Committee Appeals for the Facilitation of Fikret Huseynli’s Return to the Netherlands

The Steering Committee of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum appeals to Ukrainian authorities and prosecutors, Dutch diplomats and international partners to facilitate the return of Fikret Huseynli, a journalist, to his place of residence in Amsterdam, the...

EaP CSF Steering Committee urges Ukraine and Interpol to reject the extradition request for Azerbaijani exiled journalist

EaP CSF Steering Committee demands Ukrainian authorities to guarantee the freedom and security of Fikret Huseynli’s, a Dutch citizen of Azerbaijani origin currently hiding in Kiev, and allow him to leave Ukraine for a destination of his own choice. They urge Ukraine...

Steering Committee urges Georgian PM to conduct a transparent investigation into Afgan Mukhtarli’s abduction

The EaP CSF Steering Committee addressed an open letter to the Georgian Primer Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili calling for a significant involvement of the Georgian institutions in investigating the abduction of the Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli from Tbilisi....

EaP CSF Calls for Release of the Sheremet Award Winner and Respect for His Family

The EaP CSF Steering Committee calls on the authorities in Azerbaijan to drop all charges against Afgan Mukhtarli, an Azerbaijani journalist abducted from Georgia in May 2017 and taken by force across the border to Azerbaijan where he stands accused of resisting...

Armenian National Platform Condemns Censorship and Discrimination at the Golden Apricot Film Festival

The Armenian National Platform of the EaP CSF released a statement to condemn the decision on withdrawing the non-competition programme “Armenians: Internal and External View” from the Golden Apricot Film Festival.The programme in question featured the screening of...

EaP CSF Steering Committee Greets the Resolution on the Case of Afgan Mukhtarli and Calls for Further Attention to Activists’ Situation

The Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum Steering Committee welcomes the adoption by the European Parliament, on 15th June, of the Resolution on the case of Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli. The Steering Committee welcomes it as a sign that similar cases will...

EaP CSF Calls on the EU to Use Its Authority and Support Independence of Academia in Hungary

The EaP CSF Steering Committee is deeply concerned about recently initiated amendments to Hungary’s higher education law, which are specifically targeting the Central European University (CEU) and were signed by the Hungarian President on 10 April. A stronghold of...

Azerbaijani National Platform Deplores Mehman Huseynov’s Arrest

Members of the EaP CSF Azerbaijani National Platform condemn the verdict of the Surakhany District Court as of 2 March 2017 on the two-year sentence for Mehman Huseynov, Chairman of the Institute for Rapporteurs’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS Azerbaijan), and consider this...

24 Major Human Rights NGOs and Civil Society Organizations Concerned Over Crackdown On Free Expression in Azerbaijan

A group of 24 major human rights NGOs and civil society organizations, including the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum, co-signed a statement to protest against the arrest of Mehman Huseynov, prominent Azerbaijani multimedia journalist and Chairman of the...

Belarusian National Platform Concerned over the Future of Belsat TV

The Belarusian National Platform for the EaP CSF addressed the Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski expressing their concern over the future of the independent channel Belsat TV. The Polish government intends to significantly cut the funding for the TV channel...

EaP CSF Denounces Murder of Prominent Belarusian Journalist Pavel Sharamet

The Steering Committee condemns the murder of the journalist Pavel Sharamet in Kyiv and extends condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. The EaP CSF also expresses deepest sympathies to the civil society and independent media community of Belarus, Ukraine...

Steering Committee Welcomes the Release of Khadija Ismayilova

The Steering Committee of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum welcomes the long-awaited release of the investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova from prison. Ms Ismayilova was unjustly persecuted and imprisoned for her journalistic work and served 1.5 years...

Human Rights and Minorities

EaP CSF Steering Committee Issues a Clear Warning: the Situation of Political Prisoners Undermines Azerbaijan’s Credibility

While meeting in Brussels on 7 February 2019, Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) Steering Committee adopted a statement on the political prisoners in Azerbaijan – coinciding with the EU-Azerbaijan Human Rights Dialogue, happening this week in Baku, the...

EaP CSF Steering Committee Supports Azerbaijani National Platform in its Call for the Immediate, Unconditional Release of Blogger Mehman Huseynov, Ahead of EU-Azerbaijan Human Rights Dialogue

The Steering Committee of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) released a statement supporting its Azerbaijani National Platform in their call for the immediate and unconditional release of Mehman Huseynov, a blogger jailed due to criticism of his...

Members of EaP CSF Azerbaijan National Platform Appeal Against Recent Smear Campaign, Initated by Pro-Government Media – Targeting Civil Society Activists, Among Them Mirvari Gahramanli

Members of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) Azerbaijan National Platform appeal against the recent smear and slander campaign, initiated by pro-government media – targeting civil society activists, among them Mirvari Gahramanli, a member of the...

The Future EU-Azerbaijan Strategic Partnership Agreement Must Make a Clear Reference to Legal and Political Reforms, Say Civil Society Representatives

Azerbaijan’s relationship with the EU cannot be reduced to “a mere provider of energy security”, reads a position paper, signed by almost 30 members of Eastern Partnership Civil Society (EaP CSF) Azerbaijan National Platform. The future EU-Azerbaijan Strategic...

EaP CSF Steering Committee Urges Council of Europe to Consider Ukrainian Political Prisoners in Russia and Occupied Territories, Following Earlier Appeal to PACE

Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) Steering Committee calls on the Council of Europe (CoE), and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), to consider the fate of more than 100 Ukrainian prisoners, currently held in either Russia or...

EaP CSF Steering Committee Appeals to Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) not to Review Grounds for Sanctions

There are alarming signs that the grounds for sanctions, affecting the participation of the Russian delegation in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) might be changing, points Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) Steering Committee....

Armenian Civil Society Appeals to International Community to Promote Democratic Values and Support Public Outcry

The Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum joins a statement signed by civil society organisations from Armenia, many of them members of the EaP CSF Armenian National Platform, calling on international organisations and democratic countries to support the struggle of...

Pierre-Yves Le Borgn’ and Dunja Mijatović Respond to the EaP CSF Questions on the Human Rights Commissioner’s Post

In December 2017 the EaP CSF addressed a questionnaire to the candidates shortlisted for the post of the Council of Europe (CoE) Human Rights Commissioner. It included seven questions allowing to make an informed assessment of the candidates’ priorities and strengths...

EaP CSF Addresses Questions to Candidates Shortlisted for Position of the CoE Human Rights Commissioner

  On 23 November, the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers submitted a shortlist of three candidates for the post of the Human Rights Commissioner to the organisation’s Parliamentary Assembly. Mr Goran Klemenčič (Slovenia), Mr Pierre-Yves Le Borgn’ (France)...

Steering Committee Calls for an Adequate Reaction to the Deteriorating Human Rights Situation in Crimea

The Steering Committee of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum released a statement in which it expresses its concerns regarding the deterioration of the situation of human rights defenders and those opposing Russia’s policies in Crimea following the arrest of...

Human Rights Conference “On the frontline: human rights situation in the EaP countries”

On 19-20 September 2016 the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) and its Moldovan National Platform organized the conference “On the frontline: human rights situation in the EaP countries”. The event brought together around 50 human rights experts from...

Ukrainian National Platform Calls for More Attention to Collective Rights of Crimean Tatars

The EaP CSF Ukrainian National Platform (UNP) would like once again to draw your attention to the situation in the occupied and illegally annexed Crimea. The world community is already well informed about continuing and ever-increasing attacks on all kind of human...

EaP Civil Society Forum Welcomes the EP Resolution on the Human Rights Situation in Crimea

The Steering Committee (SC) of the EaP Civil Society Forum welcomes the adoption of the European Parliament (EP) resolution of 4 February 2016 on the human rights situation in Crimea, in particular of the Crimean Tatars. The resolution is timely and of crucial...

EaP CSF Concerned about the Deteriorating Human Rights Situation in Armenia

The Steering Committee of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum is concerned about the increasing number of human rights violations of civil and political activists by Armenian authorities. Since the beginning of 2016, Armenian authorities have tightened...

EaP CSF Addresses Open Letter on the Situation in Moldova to High Representative Mogherini and Commissioner Hahn

At its first meeting this year, the new Steering Committee (SC) of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) addressed an open letter on current developments in Moldova to High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security...

Political Prisoners

EaP CSF Steering Committee Voices Concerns on the Rule of Law after the Novruz Amnesty in Azerbaijan

On 5 April 2019, Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) Steering Committee issued a statement on the current rule of law situation in Azerbaijan. Despite the widely-publicised decision to free 51 political prisoners in time for Novruz, the...

EaP CSF Steering Committee Issues a Clear Warning: the Situation of Political Prisoners Undermines Azerbaijan’s Credibility

While meeting in Brussels on 7 February 2019, Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) Steering Committee adopted a statement on the political prisoners in Azerbaijan – coinciding with the EU-Azerbaijan Human Rights Dialogue, happening this week in Baku, the...

EaP CSF Steering Committee Supports Azerbaijani National Platform in its Call for the Immediate, Unconditional Release of Blogger Mehman Huseynov, Ahead of EU-Azerbaijan Human Rights Dialogue

The Steering Committee of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) released a statement supporting its Azerbaijani National Platform in their call for the immediate and unconditional release of Mehman Huseynov, a blogger jailed due to criticism of his...

EaP CSF Steering Committee Urges Council of Europe to Consider Ukrainian Political Prisoners in Russia and Occupied Territories, Following Earlier Appeal to PACE

Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) Steering Committee calls on the Council of Europe (CoE), and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), to consider the fate of more than 100 Ukrainian prisoners, currently held in either Russia or...

Steering Committee Calls Upon Governments of EU Participating States to Boycott the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

The Steering Committee (SC) of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) addressed a statement on the 21st FIFA World Cup hosted by the Russian Federation. Starting on 14 June 2018, our SC members note that this championship is hosted by a state that...

EaP CSF Co-Chairs Urge Syracuse University to Boost the Campaign for Release of Imprisoned Azerbaijani Alumnus Emin Aslan

The Co-chairs of the Steering Committee (SC) of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF), Krzysztof Bobinski and Alexandra Kalatozishvili, and SC member Laura Dittel addressed a letter to the Syarcuse University in New York on the situation of their...

Moldovan National Platform Condemns Pressure on Civil Society Fighting State Capture and Urges EU to Take a Strong Stance on the Situation

Veaceslav Negruta, an expert of Transparency International Moldova, has come under increasing pressure from the current government representatives. His former advisor was arrested two months ago and is being forced by the law enforcement agencies to testify against...

EaP CSF Welcomes Ukraine’s Decision on Preventing Fikret Huseynli’s Extradition to Azerbaijan and Restoring his Freedom of Movement

Fikret Huseynli, a Dutch journalist and citizen of Azerbaijani origin, is finally back at his home in the Netherlands after six months of being prevented from leaving Ukraine. During this time, Ukrainian General Prosecutor Office deliberated on a an Interpol...

Steering Committee Appeals for the Facilitation of Fikret Huseynli’s Return to the Netherlands

The Steering Committee of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum appeals to Ukrainian authorities and prosecutors, Dutch diplomats and international partners to facilitate the return of Fikret Huseynli, a journalist, to his place of residence in Amsterdam, the...

EaP CSF Steering Committee urges Ukraine and Interpol to reject the extradition request for Azerbaijani exiled journalist

EaP CSF Steering Committee demands Ukrainian authorities to guarantee the freedom and security of Fikret Huseynli’s, a Dutch citizen of Azerbaijani origin currently hiding in Kiev, and allow him to leave Ukraine for a destination of his own choice. They urge Ukraine...

Georgian National Platform urges the handover of the Georgian citizen’s body by Tskhinvali authorities

The Georgian National Platform of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum condemns the death in custody of the Georgian citizen Archil Tatunashvili in Tskhinvali on February 23, 2018. Our members denounce the alleged violence that led Mr Tatunashvili to death and...

Steering Committee urges Georgian PM to conduct a transparent investigation into Afgan Mukhtarli’s abduction

The EaP CSF Steering Committee addressed an open letter to the Georgian Primer Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili calling for a significant involvement of the Georgian institutions in investigating the abduction of the Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli from Tbilisi....

EaP CSF Calls for Release of the Sheremet Award Winner and Respect for His Family

The EaP CSF Steering Committee calls on the authorities in Azerbaijan to drop all charges against Afgan Mukhtarli, an Azerbaijani journalist abducted from Georgia in May 2017 and taken by force across the border to Azerbaijan where he stands accused of resisting...

EaP CSF Steering Committee Greets the Resolution on the Case of Afgan Mukhtarli and Calls for Further Attention to Activists’ Situation

The Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum Steering Committee welcomes the adoption by the European Parliament, on 15th June, of the Resolution on the case of Azerbaijani journalist Afgan Mukhtarli. The Steering Committee welcomes it as a sign that similar cases will...

Azerbaijani National Platform Deplores Mehman Huseynov’s Arrest

Members of the EaP CSF Azerbaijani National Platform condemn the verdict of the Surakhany District Court as of 2 March 2017 on the two-year sentence for Mehman Huseynov, Chairman of the Institute for Rapporteurs’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS Azerbaijan), and consider this...

Security and Conflict Resolution

EaP CSF Steering Committee Releases an Appeal to EU Foreign Affairs Council on the Azov Sea, Pointing to Violations of Maritime Law and Russia’s International Commitments

The Steering Committee of the EaP CSF appeals to EU Foreign Affairs Council, as well as the foreign ministers of EU member states – to act on the current situation, instigated by the crisis on the Azov Sea. “We encourage you to go to [Mariupol] and other parts of the...

EaP CSF Georgian National Platform Denounces Russian President’s Visit to Abkhazia

The Georgian National Platform (GNP) of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) has issued a statement openly condemning the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to the city of Bichvinta, in the occupied region of Abkhazia. By so doing, the Russian...

EU partnership talks with Azerbaijan and Armenia – a chance for peace and prosperity

by Krzysztof Bobinski, Unia & Polska Foundation, EaP CSF member The talks between the European Union and Azerbaijan on a new partnership agreement starting on 7 February in Brussels provide a slim ray of hope that the EU will be able to persuade Baku to dismantle...

Statement on the Escalation of the Conflict in the Donbas region of Ukraine by the Russian Federation

The Steering Committee of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum expresses its deep concern with regard to the escalation of the conflict in the Donbas region of Ukraine by the Russian sponsored separatist forces and urges international community not to remain...

EaP CSF Members Call on Polish and Ukrainian Politicians not to Open Old Wounds

Polish-Ukrainian relations have deteriorated and threaten to get worse after the Polish parliament passed a resolution in July accusing Ukrainians of committing in 1943 genocide on tens of thousands of Poles living in Volhynia. The Verkhovna Rada is planning to react...

EaP CSF Expresses Condolences to Everyone Affected by Barbarous Attack in Nice

In the light of the tragic events on 14 July in Nice, the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) Steering Committee expresses its sincerest condolences to the families of the victims including to that of the murderer whose mind was clouded by hatred and...

EaP CSF Appeals to Pope Francis to Encourage Lasting Peace and Respect for Human Rights in the South Caucasus

Ahead of the visits of His Holiness Pope Francis to Armenia (24-26 June), Azerbaijan and Georgia (30 September-2 October), the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum Steering Committee addressed the Holy Father in an Open Letter appealing to encourage lasting peace...

EaP CSF Condemns the Heinous Crime Committed in the City of Orlando

An armed terrorist broke into the LGBT nightclub "Pulse" on 12 June 2016 in Orlando, Florida, killing 50 people and injuring 53 others. The Steering Committee expresses their condolences to the families and friends of the victims and to all the people of the United...

Protracted Conflicts at the Core of the CSF Address during the EaP Ministerial Meeting

On 23 May, Steering Committee Member Ion Manole brought attention of the decision-makers present at the Ministerial Meeting in Brussels to protracted conflicts and other challenges in the Eastern Partnership region. “Fighting between the two EaP countries must be...

Human Rights and Conflict Resolution in EaP CSF Address at Platform 1 Meeting

EaP CSF Steering Committee Co-chair Krzysztof Bobiński addressed the Eastern Partnership Multilateral Platform I „Democracy, Good Governance and Stability” In the Forum's address, Bobiński stressed the role of human rights in the context of security and stability,...

Steering Committee and National Platforms React to Military Actions in Nagorno-Karabakh Region

  The Steering Committee (SC) underlined in its appeal that peace among neighbours is one of the aims of the European Union, which successfully settled age-old conflicts in Europe allowing once hostile countries to live and work together. Peace among neighbours...

Security Threats and Challenges to Reforms in the EaP CSF Position at the Euronest PA

EaP CSF Steering Committee Co-chairs Krzysztof Bobiński and Ulad Vialichka attended the Euronest PA meeting in Brussels. Krzysztof Bobiński shared with the Euronest PA the Forum’s view of the situation in the Eastern Partnership. He focused on the major challenges in...

Visa Liberalisation

EaP CSF Has Launched #Visafree Campaign for Georgia and Ukraine

On 4 June the EaP CSF Steering Committee held a demonstration in Brussels in support of the visa liberalisation for Georgia and Ukraine. Lasha Tugushi, Country Facilitator of the Georgian National Platform, commented: "We gathered here to express our deep concern over...

EU Should Refrain from Unnecessary Delays in Visa Liberalization for Georgia and Ukraine

The EaP CSF Steering Committee (SC) expresses concern over the intention of the EU Member States to couple the Council decision on visa liberalization for Georgia and Ukraine with revising the temporary suspension mechanism of the visa exemption in cases...

Youth Rights

EaP CSF Announces Eastern Partnership Youth Conference 2018 “Youth for Entrepreneurship” to take place in Vienna, under Austrian Presidency

***Call is now closed. Successful candidates will be contacted directly from September 2018.*** Following the success of the Eastern Partnership Youth Conference 2016 "Youth for Rights” in Bratislava (Slovakia), Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) has...

EaP CSF Calls on the EU to Use Its Authority and Support Independence of Academia in Hungary

The EaP CSF Steering Committee is deeply concerned about recently initiated amendments to Hungary’s higher education law, which are specifically targeting the Central European University (CEU) and were signed by the Hungarian President on 10 April. A stronghold of...

Declaration of the Eastern Partnership Youth Conference “Youth for Rights”

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