News 2014

 

Civil society strengthened by new EU anti-money laundering directive

Civil society strengthened by new EU anti-money laundering directive
17 December 2014
One of the goals of the NHC is to enhance the capacity of civil society and strengthen its civil control over governments and institutions. As member of the EU - Russia Civil Society Forum (CSF), the NHC leads an Expert Group on Fighting Transborder Corruption, which aspires to address and fight the problem of so-called transborder corruption from the viewpoint of the Human Dimension and from positions of civil society. The possibilities for civil society organizations to monitor financial transactions might improve under a new agreement reached in the European Commission regarding the EU anti-money laundering directive.
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Regional course on Advocacy and Policy Influencing for project monitoring partners

Regional course on Advocacy and Policy Influencing for project monitoring partners
10 December 2014
From 17 until 19 November, the Netherlands Helsinki Committee organized a course on advocacy and policy influencing, which took place in Skopje, Macedonia, as part of the project “Improvement of Prison Conditions for Reintegration of Juvenile Detainees in Albania, Macedonia and Kosovo”. This training aimed to improve advocacy and lobbying skills of monitoring partners in the project, so they can all successfully advocate in their countries for changes that will contribute to a better prison regime for juvenile inmates.
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Minister Koenders meeting with human rights defenders ahead of OSCE Ministerial Council

4 December 2014
On the eve of the Ministerial Council meeting of the OSCE in Basel, Netherlands Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders met with civil society human rights activists from a.o. Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and Ukraine. NHC director Harry Hummel also presented him with the outcome documents of the Parallel Civil Society Conference that took place ahead of the Ministerial Council meeting.
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Dutch trainers introduce resocialization method for juveniles in prison in Kosovo

2 December 2014
The NHC communication team spoke with Patricia Meijer and Peggy Esajas of the Dutch youth penitentiary institution Teylingereind (Forensisch Centrum Teylingereind), who are conducting training sessions for staff of the Lipjan Correctional Center for Juveniles in Kosovo as part of the project “Improvement of Prison Conditions for Reintegration of Juvenile Detainees in Albania, Macedonia and Kosovo”.
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EU-Russia civil society contacts to be further strengthened

1 December 2014
The potential of cooperation of independent civil society organisations across Europe needs to be exploited more fully. This was a leading thought at the 5th General Assembly of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum, held from 26 to 28 November in Tallinn, Estonia. As a member of the Forum, the NHC presented its work on stimulating advocacy on EU-Russia relations and on developing work on trans-border corruption affecting both Russia and European Union countries.
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Tajikistan: Drop draft legislation restricting NGO access to funding

Tajikistan: Drop draft legislation restricting NGO access to funding
26 November 2014
Almost a hundred civil society groups called on the government of Tajikistan to drop new restrictive draft legislation on NGOs and to respect the right of NGOs to have unhindered access to funding for their work. The NHC also signed this joint statement.
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Regional Conference "Access to the right to compensation for victims of human trafficking in the region"

Regional Conference "Access to the right to compensation for victims of human trafficking in the region"
20 November 2014
On 17 and 18 October, the regional Conference "Access to the right to compensation for victims of human trafficking in the region", was organized by ASTRA Anti-Trafficking Action from Serbia and its partners from the region, France and the Netherlands. The event was held in Belgrade in the small hall of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia.
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Donations from NHC staff related to flooding in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Donations from NHC staff related to flooding in Bosnia-Herzegovina
31 October 2014
Continuous, heavy rainfall in May 2014 resulted in the worst floods ever in Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia, causing several deaths and forcing tens of thousands of people to leave their home. The NHC’s partner organization IFS-Emmaus asked for support to distribute basic emergency packages with food and other necessities to the most vulnerable areas and families in Bosnia-Herzegovina. In September, it received donations from staff and the board of the NHC to assist people with the reparations of their homes.
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BAN Human Trafficking mobile application out now!

BAN Human Trafficking mobile application out now!
29 October 2014
We are excited to inform you that our mobile application BAN Human Trafficking is available for the Android and iOS platforms. As part of the project Balkans ACT Now!, anti-trafficking organisation ASTRA from Serbia, together with its partner organisations from the Balkans, NGOs in France and the Netherlands Helsinki Committee, created a preventive and informative anti-trafficking mobile application to educate young people about the phenomenon of human trafficking and the risks of becoming a victim of human trafficking. The app aims in particular at young people in the Balkans, but also in Western Europe and hopes to help prevent more teenagers and young adults becoming victims of human trafficking now and in the future. It also aspires to create more awareness around the problem of human trafficking.
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EU-Russia Civil Society Forum enhances contacts with EU institutions

EU-Russia Civil Society Forum enhances contacts with EU institutions
28 October 2014
Today, the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum adressed a number of requests to the new European Commission on its work in the coming period. In policies towards Russia as well as in accession and association and internal EU policies, maintaining and maximizing freedom for civil society organisations to operate should be a key issue. In reviewing EU-Russian relations, the Forum emphasized that the European Union should expand support to civil society initiatives in Russia and seek expansion as well as direct contact between citizens.
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