The authorities ignore calls to address state officials' alleged involvement in the killing of journalist and human rights activist Hrant Dink.
Havel led the human rights movement Charter 77, was repeatedly jailed, and adopted by Amnesty International as a prisoner of conscience.
Since demonstrations started, there have been numerous reports of beatings of peaceful protesters by the police and denial of medical treatment.
Azerbaijan's Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of activist Jabbar Savalan on politically motivated charges.
Ales Bialiatski, head of the rights NGO Viasna, was sentenced to four and a half years for financial crimes after assisting detained activists
A homophobic law proposed in Russia's second city would threaten freedom of expression and fuel discrimination.
Belarusian authorities have repeatedly transferred prisoner of conscience Andrei Sannikau, apparently to intimidate him.
In recent months Azerbaijani authorities have stepped up intimidation and arrests of protesters and representatives of NGOs and independent media.
A Belarus human rights activist faces up to seven years in jail on 'politically motivated' charges of tax evasion.
Five years after investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya was murdered, attacks on journalists are still commonplace in Russia.
Three leading Azerbaijani opposition activists have been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for organizing peaceful protests.
A senior Russian police official has been arrested in connection with the 2006 murder of the journalist and human rights defender.
An Azerbaijani human rights activist who spoke out against illegal house demolitions has had her office razed to the ground.
Ales Bialiatski, head of the Human Rights Centre Viasna is believed to have been detained for carrying out his human rights work.
A man has been sentenced to nearly 23 years in prison for the murder of journalist and human rights activist Hrant Dink.
Social networking websites Facebook and Twitter blocked by authorities in Belarus as thousands of activists gathered in another 'silent' protest.
The environment for independent human rights NGOs in Chechnya has long been hostile, but seems to have worsened in recent weeks.
Riot police in Athens have injured many peaceful protesters by using excessive force to disperse demonstrations over the past two days.
Greek police have reportedly used excessive amounts of teargas against protesters in a largely peaceful demonstration against government spending cuts.
Oleg Orlov had said the Chechen President was responsible for the murder of rights defender Natalia Estemirova.