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Study visit in The Netherlands - Interview of two participants from CC Lipjan

19 - 05 - 2015
Study visit in The Netherlands - Interview of two participants from CC Lipjan
From 28 April until 1 May, the Netherlands Helsinki Committee and Dutch Custodial Institutions Agency (DJI) organized a study visit in The Netherlands for sixteen representatives from the Correctional Centre (CC) Lipjan in Kosovo a representative from Kosovar Rehabilitation Centre for Torture victims (KRCT) and the General Director of the Kosovo Correctional Service. The study visit is one of the project activities of the MATRA CoPROL projects ‘Improvement of Prison Conditions for Reintegration of Juvenile Detainees in Albania, Macedonia and Kosovo’ that the NHC and Dutch Custodial Institutions Agency have been implementing since 2013. The participants visited among others, Juvenile Custodial Institution, Teylingereind in Sassenheim, Juvenile Judicial Institution, Lelystad Intermezzo and (adult) Penitentiary Institution Lelystad. The visitors became familiar with the methodology and the daily work of Dutch staff and management, focusing on effective resocialization of juvenile offenders.

CPT Anniversary Conference to be followed up in Council of Europe

11 - 05 - 2015
CPT Anniversary Conference to be followed up in Council of Europe
The implementation of recommendations of the Committee for the Prevention of Torture can be substantially improved, said professor Anton van Kalmthout in The Hague on 8 May. “Even though CPT recommendations are considered ‘soft law’ by many, they still are law”, he said. Van Kalmthout was key note speaker at the conference on the prevention of torture in Europe, organized by the Netherlands Helsinki Committee. The conference was held on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the CPT, provided for by the Convention for the Prevention of Torture of the Council of Europe. Member of the Netherlands Senate and of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Tiny Kox announced he would pursue a resolution on the work of the CPT by the Assembly.

Azerbaijan’s top human rights lawyer convicted to 7,5 years in prison

22 - 04 - 2015
Azerbaijan’s top human rights lawyer convicted to 7,5 years in prison
Intigam Aliyev, Azerbaijan’s renowned human rights lawyer with an impeccable international reputation, has been convicted to 7.5 years in prison. The Netherlands Helsinki Committee and the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights are appalled by the decision to sentence Intigam Aliyev. We call on the European policy-makers and the national governments to put meaningful pressure on their Azerbaijani counterparts to live up to their human rights obligations, should they wish to continue benefitting from the current political and economic cooperation with Europe.

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.”

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