Hans-Gunnar Adén (left) and Gunnar Hökmark

MEP Gunnar Hökmark who recently visited Azerbaijan in his role as chairman of the Policy Committee of Euronests Parliamentary Assembly and Hans-Gunnar Adén, former ambassador to Azerbaijan participated on Friday in a seminar on developments in Azerbaijan. An interested crowd of about 30 people had gathered to listen and ask questions.

Hans-Gunnar Adén started out referring to a number of international index that “classify” Azerbaijan as unfree and as a dictatorship. He noted that the Azerbaijani society rather go backwards than forwards in terms such as human rights.  (more…)

The Front for Change Party, the Batkivschyna all-Ukrainian Union (prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko’s party) and another four parties today announced their unification for participation in the elections to the Parliament on October 28, 2012, reported the Kyiv Post.

“We have united in order to win the parliamentary elections in Ukraine, [and] to restore democracy and justice in Ukraine,” First Deputy Chairman of the Batkivschyna All-Ukrainian Union Oleksandr Turchynov said, reading out the declaration of unity at a press conference on Monday, Apr. 23. (more…)

On April18, 2012, Azerbaijani journalist Idrak Abbasov was severely beaten by guards from Azerbaijan’s state oil company when he tried to film the demolition of houses by company employees in the village Sulutapa. The demolition seems, as numerous buildings in Azerbaijan, to have been expropriated to make way for new government projects. A number of international journalist organizations, such as Reporters without Borders and PEN, have protested against the National Independence Party of Azerbaijan (NIPA) of the democratic opposition. NIPA is the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation’s cooperation partner in Azerbaijan.

For the first time Freedom House is holding a photo and art contest on the themes of freedom, political participation, human rights, and repression.  Finalists will be displayed and auctioned as a fundraiser at the June release in Washington, DC of the annual Worst of the Worst 2012 report, which documents political and civil rights conditions in the world’s most repressive regimes.

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The events in the Middle East and North Africa in 2011 demonstrated the important role of the Internet in mobilising people to demand justice, equality and human rights, writes Ewa Björling, Swedish Minister for Trade in a booklet published by the Swedish government in April, 2012. “Internet freedom is a priority of the Swedish Government. Freedom is the mother of innovation and entrepreneurship. To promote innovation and communication, infrastructures should be interoperable and standards should be open. Overregulation in any area will hamper development.”

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During the weekend, two leading Belarusian oppositional activists were released from prison. Both had been detained and sentenced to prison in according with the “mass riots” criminal case after the presidential elections on December 19, 2010. (more…)

The NPP in Ghana is cooperating with the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation in Sweden. In March 2012 a delegation from the NPP Youth Wing visited Sweden. In connection with this visit an article about the cooperation and education was published on an Internet news page in Ghana.

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August 15-19 the Hjalmarson Foundation is organizing an idology education based on the book “Principles for a free society” by Dr. Nigel Ashford. Participants will be coming from the Balkans and Sweden.

Learn about Ideology

April 12th, 2012   Events

August 18-22 the Hjalmarson Foundation is organizing an idology education based on the book “Principles for a free society” by Dr. Nigel Ashford. Participants will be coming from Caucasus, Eastern Europe and Sweden.

Educating Women in Ghana

April 12th, 2012   Events

June 12-14 the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation, in cooperation with NPP, will organize an education for Women in Accra.