Slovak businessman Marian Kocner at the trial in Pezinok, Slovakia, concerning the murder of journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kusnirova. Photograph: EPA/Jakub Gavlak

An influential Slovak businessman has been cleared of ordering the murder of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak, prompting the country’s leaders to c(...)

Protesters and police clash outside the parliament building in Belgrade, as Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic announced plans for a  return to lockdown  amid a surge in coronavirus cases. Photograph: Koca Sulejmanovic/EPA

Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic has accused far-right radicals and foreign security services of sparking violence during a protest in Belgrade agai(...)

Ms McKee was shot dead on April 18th, 2019 as she was observing rioting in the city. The New IRA admitted the murder. File photograph: Jess Lowe/EPA.

Tributes have been paid to Lyra McKee, the journalist who was murdered in Derry last year, on the first anniversary of her death. Ms McKee was shot d(...)

Prime minister Viktor Orban: extraordinary powers to fight the coronavirus crisis threaten Hungary’s democracy and rule of law. Photograph: Tamas Kovacs

Rights groups and press freedom watchdogs have warned that a bid by Hungary’s nationalist government to assume extraordinary powers to fight the coron(...)

Migrants warm themselves on a snowy day at the Vucjak refugee camp outside Bihac, northwestern Bosnia and Herzegovina. Photograph: Fehim Demir

Bosnia has pledged to move hundreds of migrants from a squalid makeshift camp on the country’s border with Croatia and shut down the site after a top (...)

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(...)

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