Stricter controls needed to avoid transborder corruption and excessive environmental damage in investment projects in Russia

30 - 06 - 2015
Better safeguards are needed against international complicity in the use of opaque and improper procedures in realizing large scale extraction and industrial projects in Russia. These procedures, as well as the track record of Russian counterparts, give rise to suspicions of involvement in corruption from the side of international partners. In addition, the procedures applied pay insufficient attention to large-scale environmental damage and to the destruction of the livelihood of the local population. These conclusions can be drawn from detailed case studies of two projects in Russia, on the oil and gas terminal on Taman peninsula and on copper and nickel mining in the Voronezh region. They are contained in a report by the Expert Group on Fighting Transborder Corruption of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum. The report was presented at a Brussels seminar jointly organized between the Forum and the European Economic and Social Committee. The Expert Group is coordinated by the Netherlands Helsinki Committee.

Crowdfunding project to help juvenile detainees in Albania

30 - 06 - 2015
The Netherlands Helsinki Committee has started a crowdfunding project for juvenile prisoners in Lezhe, Albania. Currently, 16 juveniles live in horrendous conditions in the prison of Lezhe in Albania. This project aims to change the current situation and create a healthy and safe environment for the juveniles.

Human rights defenders’ solidarity match for Azerbaijan

26 - 06 - 2015
Human rights defenders’ solidarity match for Azerbaijan
As the first-ever European Games continue, the Netherlands Helsinki Committee, Justice and Peace and human rights defenders from all over the world gathered for a solidarity sports event in the Royal Noordeinde Palace Garden in The Hague on the 20th of June.

NHC calls for more people-to-people contacts with Russia

25 - 06 - 2015
The NHC has called on the Dutch parliament to increase attention for people-to-people contacts in relations with Russia. The recently issued governmental policy paper on relations with Russia is scheduled for debate on 25 June. The paper does recognize the importance of contacts at the level of individual citizens, but the NHC calls for concrete steps to support such contacts.

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