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

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 trafficking-related topics for lawyers, in Sofia. The first Expert 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.

Fair trial for Azerbaijan’s prisoners of conscience

20 - 03 - 2015
Fair trial for Azerbaijan’s prisoners of conscience
In 2014, Azerbaijani authorities arrested, convicted or imprisoned at least 34 journalists, bloggers, human rights defenders and civil society activists. The arguments of government spokespersons regarding these arrests, combined with similar experiences of arbitrary detentions in previous years, have led many people to perceive the charges against these individuals as fabricated and politically motivated. Two prominent lawyers and human rights advocates are among those currently in custody: Intigam Aliyev and Rasul Jafarov. Their trials began in January 2015.

Tajikistan: Findings of UN Committee should serve as a roadmap for change

18 - 03 - 2015
The Tajikistani NGO coalition on promoting economic and social rights, the Netherlands Helsinki Committee and the International Partnership for Human Rights call on the government of Tajikistan to cooperate with civil society in the follow up of the recommendations of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural rights which were published earlier this month. The Concluding Observations of the Committee highlight the need to step up efforts to fight corruption and to improve labour, education and housing policies, as well as access to social security in Tajikistan. More needs to be done to combat discrimination. In addition, women, children, disabled persons, migrant workers and their families and other vulnerable groups should be better protected.

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