Migrants outside the camp.  ‘As the authorities are aware, the Vucjak site is located close to landmine-infested areas and there is a high risk of fire and explosions due to possible underground pockets of methane gas,” the UN said. File photograph: Elvis Barukcic/AFP/Getty Images

The United Nations office in Bosnia has urged the country to evacuate migrants from a squalid and dangerous makeshift camp near the Croatian border to(...)

Participants carry placards and rainbow-coloured flags at Sarajevo’s first gay pride parade, on  September 8th. Photograph: Fehim Demir

The European Union has praised Bosnia for holding its first gay pride parade, which passed off peacefully on Sunday despite protests from opponents an(...)

Oyub Titiev, the head of human rights group Memorial in Chechnya, at his verdict hearing at a court  in Chechnya. Photograph: Said Tsarnayev/Reuters

A court in the Russian republic of Chechnya sentenced an award-winning human rights defender to four years in jail on Monday on narcotics charges that(...)

The convention, which includes 72 actions, obliges signatory states to ‘protect women against all forms of violence, and prevent, prosecute and eliminate violence against women and domestic violence’.  Photograph: iStock

After many years of campaigning by women’s groups, the Government on Friday ratified the Istanbul Convention - a key international instrument to tackl(...)

Russian human rights activist Lev Ponomaryov (centre) taking part in the “For Our and Your Children” rally in Moscow on October 28th. Photograph: Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

International rights groups are piling pressure on Russia to release a 77-year-old human rights activist sentenced to 25 days in jail for breaking the(...)

Journalists of the leftist newspaper Nepszabadsag, which was unexpectedly shut down on Saturday, paste a copy of the last issue on to the wall of a temporary newsroom in Budapest, Hungary. Photograph: Laszlo Balogh/Reuters

The European Union and media freedom groups have expressed concern over the closure of Hungary’s main opposition newspaper, which critics of prime min(...)

The mother of a killed Ukrainian journalist (unidentified) holds a candle and a sign reading ‘’Impunity kills’ during a memorial rally to mark the 13th anniversary of Ukrainian journalist Georgy Gongadze’s murder at the Independence square in Kiev on September 16, 2013

It’s a dangerous time for journalists, according to Dunja Mijatovic, the outgoing representative on freedom of the media at the Organisation for Secur(...)

Under a law introduced by Vladimir Putin’s government last year, NGOs in Russia which receive funding from abroad are obliged to register as “foreign agents” – a term which for many Russians suggests espionage.  Photograph:  Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Europe’s main democracy watchdog has called on Russia to end a wave of raids on non-governmental groups and urged it to find the people (...)