News 2012

 

Statement on the verdict against Kazakh human rights defender Kuramshin

13 December 2012
Human rights defender Vadim Kuramshin has been sentenced to 12 years in prison with confiscation of his property. He was found guilty of extortion. The circumstances of the case suggest that he is being punished for his efforts to attract attention to problems of torture and abuse of prisoners. The sentence comes at a time when a growing crackdown on free speech is being witnessed in Kazakhstan.
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Human rights appeal to the OSCE

6 December 2012
Work for human rights is increasingly insecure in the OSCE region, said an NGO conference in Dublin, co-organized by the Netherlands Helsinki Committee. The Dublin Declaration issued by the conference said the human rights defenders are increasingly “being targeted for persecution for their legitimate work, banned from entering OSCE states where they do human rights monitoring, subjected to smear campaigns, branded as foreign agents and enemies of the state, imprisoned, subjected to torture and inhuman and degrading treatment, convicted on the basis of fabricated charges for crimes they have not committed, forced to emigrate, threatened, physically attacked and even murdered without any effective investigations being pursued, leading to prevailing impunity for perpetrators”.
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Conference on reproductive rights in Tajikistan

Conference on reproductive rights in Tajikistan
1 November 2012
On the 1st of November a conference took place in Dushanbe, Tajikistan addressing the "Human rights based approach in the social policies of Tajikistan with a special focus on reproductive rights. This conference was organized in the framework of a cooperation project between the NHC and Tajik Public Foundation "Nota Bene".
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NHC: The Netherlands should continue to promote rule of law across the whole of Europe

25 October 2012
At the NHC 25th anniversary reception, Chairman Ian de Jong of the Netherlands Helsinki Committee called for the Netherlands to not look away from problems in the maintainance of the rule of law and human rights in wider Europe. "Sooner or later we get an unpleasant way to deal with the consequences of that denial. Migration, crime, corruption and civil war do not respect borders. The cost of investments for improvements in the rule of law are nothing compared to what else can come upon us."
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NHC celebrates 25th anniversary

NHC celebrates 25th anniversary
24 October 2012
The Netherlands Helsinki Committee celebrates its 25th anniversary with a reception on Wednesday 24 October 2012. We are honoured that Minister for European Affairs and International Cooperation Dr. H.P.M. Knapen will present his views on the importance of the promotion and maintenance of the rule of law in Europe. Human rights lawyer Ms Dina Vedernikova will present an example of one the NHC's projects, capacity-building of NGOs and lawyers in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia on submitting cases to the European Court of Human Rights.
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Essay contest

Essay contest
18 October 2012
On account of the conference about the protection and future of human rights there will be an essay contest among students. The conference will be held at The Hague University of Applied Science (Haagse Hogeschool) in The Hague and during the conference the winner will be announced. The conference will be held at the 25th of January 2013. The winner will receive the sum of 1000 euro or in case there are more winners, a portion of this amount.
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Cooperation Turkey and the Netherlands: A Basic Course Regulatory Impact Assessment

Cooperation Turkey and the Netherlands: A Basic Course Regulatory Impact Assessment
16 October 2012
In September 2012 a group of officials from the Turkish Ministry of Justice explored Dutch solutions to reduce administrative burden in regulatory systems in a Basic Course Regulatory Impact Assessment in The Hague. As a legislator it is of high importance to take into account the consequences and burden of new legislation prior to the implementation of this legislation.
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EU-Russia Civil Society Forum

11 October 2012
The NHC took part in the General Assembly of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum, held on 9 and 10 October in St Petersburg. The Assembly expressed serious concern about "recent negative trends in the relations between the Russian Federation and the European Union". The Forum ascribes this development in large part to changes in Russia. "In particular, we are extremely concerned with increasing pressure of the state on the Russian civil society". The Forum was worried that "in the European Union as a whole the interest towards the Russian Federation is significantly decreasing", with "fewer strtegies and ideas being developed in the EU political circles towards development of cooperation and improving interaction with the Russian Federation".
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OSCE ODIHR Human Dimension Implementation Meeting - Central Asia

7 October 2012
The NHC together with its project partners participated in the HDIM 2012. A side event was organized and moderated by the NHC, our project partners, incl. Mr. Yevgeniy Zhovtis, have spoken on the latest developments on freedom of expression, religion and association and assembly in Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan.
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