IFEX, a global network of independent non-governmental organizations working to defend and promote freedom of expression as a fundamental human right, published “The Faces of Free Expression” – 102 profiles of human rights defenders from around the world, drawing attention to their struggles. 16 of them are from the region of Eastern and Central Europe and Eurasia.
The IFEX list of proponents of free expression from the region of Eastern and Central Europe and Eurasia includes the following individuals:
- Svetlana Alexievich, investigative journalist and non-fiction prose writer from Belarus.
- Iryna Khalip, reporter from Belarus.
- Elena Tonkacheva, human rights defender from Belarus.
- Ales Bialiatski, human rights defender from Belarus.
- Yulia Latynina, journalist from Russia.
- Oksana Chelysheva, journalist from Russia.
- Maria Kozlovskaya, lawyer from Russia.
- Emil Kurbedinov, lawyer from Crimea, Ukraine.
- Khadija Ismayilova, from Azerbaijan.
- Mehman Huseynov, a blogger from Azerbaijan.
- Leyla and Arif Yunus, human rights activist and historian, from Azerbaijan.
- Natalya Estemirova (1958-2009), human rights defender from Chechnya, Russia.
- Vladimir Kozlov, political activist from Kazakhstan.
- Shukhrat Kudratov, lawyer from Tajikistan.
- Azimjon Askarov, journalist and human rights advocate from Kyrgyzstan.
Click on the image bellow to enlarge it. The names above are listed left-to-right, top and bottom row.