Rights Groups Demand Justice for journalist Mehman Huseynov Tortured in Azerbaijan

12 January 2017
We call on the international community to undertake an immediate review of their relations with Azerbaijan to ensure that human rights are placed at the heart of all on-going negotiations with the government.
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NGOs Urge the World Bank to Postpone Discussion on TANAP

19 December 2016
We are very concerned that the World Bank decided to schedule the discussion on TANAP for December 20th, in a context of political crisis and crackdown on civil society and media in Turkey and Azerbaijan. We urge the board to postpone decision-making until the martial law in Turkey is cancelled; the NGO legislation in Azerbaijan is modified as requested by the EITI; and democratic participation in both countries is restored.
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Successful First ‘Anti-Trafficking’ Lawyers Network Meeting Organized by the Council of Europe and the Netherlands Helsinki Committee

14 December 2016
On November 22nd and 23rd, 2016, the Council of Europe and the Netherlands Helsinki Committee organised a meeting of lawyers and NGOs providing legal assistance to victims of trafficking in human beings.
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Civil Society Recommendations Receive Prominent Attention in Hamburg

13 December 2016
The NHC took part in the annual Parallel Civil Society Conference in Hamburg, organised by the Civic Solidarity Platform (CSP).
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Interview with Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier

13 December 2016
The Security and Human Rights Monitor interviewed Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who discussed a few of the topics that were addressed at the OSCE Ministerial Council meeting.
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NHC Organises Anti-trafficking Workshop at IX Symposium for Prosecutors in Bosnia and Herzegovina

7 December 2016
Judges, prosecutors, and civil society organizations participated in a two-day workshop about trafficking in human beings.
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Azerbaijan – Stop Crackdown on Freedom of Expression

6 December 2016
The Sports for Rights coalition calls on the Azerbaijani authorities to cease the politically-motivated prosecution and torture of journalists. Furthermore, we call on Azerbaijan’s international partners to use their leverage, both bilaterally and through multilateral institutions, to hold Azerbaijan accountable to its international commitments, and the board of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative to take the aforementioned violations of basic human rights into consideration when deciding on Azerbaijan’s continued membership.
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Report and handbook from ASTRA: anti-trafficking laws and policies in Serbia

5 December 2016
On December 2, International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, Anti Trafficking Action – Serbia (ASTRA) presents a report and handbook on human trafficking in Serbia.
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Magyar Helsinki Bizottság v. Hungary

29 November 2016
On November 8, 2016, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human rights ruled that Hungary has violated the Hungarian Helsinki Committee’s (HHC) right to freedom of information and expression.
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Human Rights Defenders Bokayev and Ayan Sentenced to Five Years Prison

28 November 2016
The Netherlands Helsinki Committee and the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights denounce the hefty sentence to the human rights activists following a trial that did not live up to the internationally accepted standards of justice. The decision of the court in the case of Bokaev and Ayan signifies a dangerous trend towards criminalisation of the exercise of the right to peaceful assembly in Kazakhstan. The NHC and the HFHR demand immediate and unconditional release of the two activists.
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