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Outcry over 6,5 year sentence for Rasul Jafarov

17 - 04 - 2015
Outcry over 6,5 year sentence for Rasul Jafarov
The Netherlands Helsinki Committee is shocked by yesterday’s 6,5 year prison sentence for Rasul Jafarov. “The country’s partners in Europe should step up their efforts to convince the authorities of Azerbaijan to change its repressive policies towards human rights defenders”, said NHC Executive Director Harry Hummel. “Analysis of the procedures against Mr Jafarov leads us to the conclusion that the charges of mismanagement of funds are a cover for achieving the purpose of silencing a prominent critic.”

The NHC hosted a group of law students from Leiden University

14 - 04 - 2015
The NHC hosted a group of law students from Leiden University
On Thursday April 9th 2015 the Netherlands Helsinki Committee hosted a group of law students from the Leiden University’s LLM programme Advanced Studies in European and International Human Rights Law. The students engaged in a discussion with the NHC’s deputy director Jan de Vries and project officer Tim van der Maarel.

Kick-off series Expert Meetings for lawyers on providing legal aid to victims of human trafficking

31 - 03 - 2015
On March 31st the Netherlands Helsinki Committee and it’s partner organization in Bulgaria, Animus Association Foundation, organized the first Expert Meeting on human trafficking-related topics for lawyers, in Sofia. The first meeting is about the impact of trauma, memory and the ability of victims to declare detailed and consistently. Attention will also be paid to communication between lawyer and victim/client.

EU: Use Brussels visit of Kyrgyzstan’s president to secure human rights commitments

26 - 03 - 2015
EU leaders should prominently address human rights issues with Kyrgyzstan's President Almazbek Atambayev, who is in Brussels for meetings on 26-27 March, and insist that he use his powers to ensure compliance with the country's international human rights obligations. This is the message in a joint letter sent to European Council President Donald Tusk, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Parliament President Martin Schultz by a group of NGOs ahead of Atambayev's visit.

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