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Below, please find the latest case additions to the Columbia Global Freedom of Expression legal database.

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Database Additions
January 11-18, 2016 

Honduras
Lόpez Lone and others v. Honduras
Decision Date: October 5, 2015
The Inter-American Court of Human Rights found that the government violated the rights to freedom of expression, assembly, and association of four judges who had been dismissed from their positions for jointly adopting a legal position condemning the Supreme Court's role in overthrowing the president. It ordered that the judges to be reinstated into their positions and to be paid compensatory damages.
 
Hungary
Public Prosecutor v. Ottó Szalai
Decision Date: April 18, 2014
The Constitutional Court of Hungary reversed the conviction of Ottó Szalai, a member of the City Council of Siklós, for criminal defamation after he criticized the city's Mayor János Marenics in a newspaper. The court found that the lower court did not assess important factors to determine the nature of his speech and whether his criticism was a value judgment, deserving protection as opposed to an unsubstantiated factual allegation.
 
Tajikistan
The Case of Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan
Decision Date: September 29, 2015
On September 29, 2015, at the request of the Tajik Prosecutor General, the Supreme Court classified the Islamic Renaissance Party (IRPT), the country’s leading Muslim opposition party, as a terrorist organization. This change in status came after highly contested parliamentary elections which the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights reported were not conducted in an "impartial manner" and failed to provide "a level playing field for candidates."
 
Turkmenistan
The State v. Saparmamed Nepeskuliev
Decision Date: August 31, 2015
In August 2015, Saparmamed Nepeskuliev, a journalist and human rights activist working with the Turkmen language service of Radio Liberty and Turkmenistan News was sentenced to three years in prison for possession of illegal narcotics. Nepeskuliev has, most notably, been a vocal critic of alleged government corruption. The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention found that the journalist's arrest and continued detention arbitrarily denies his liberty for exercising his right to freedom of expression guaranteed under Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
 

 


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