Bridging The Gulf Copyright (c) 2011, Bridging The Gulf nl Bridging The Gulf RSS-feed Bridging The Gulf RSS 144 30 Bridging The Gulf RSS Tue, 31 May 2016 09:46:29 +0100 Azerbaijan: Free Prisoners Before Baku Grand Prix Race The Formula One Group leadership should urge the Azerbaijani government to release unjustly imprisoned activists and journalists ahead of the European Grand Prix in Azerbaijan, said the Sport for Rights coalition today. Tue, 17 May 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Montenegro: Seeing is Believing A group of 12 Montenegrin legal experts visited the Netherlands aiming to get an insight into the use of alternative sanctions in the Dutch criminal justice system and the organisation of probation work. Wed, 04 May 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Azerbaijan: Independent Media Under Unprecedented Attack On World Press Freedom Day 2016 we call the Azerbaijani authorities to take immediate and concrete steps to cease the persecution of the independent media, starting with the unconditional release of Khadija Ismayilova and Azerbaijan's other political prisoners. Tue, 03 May 2016 00:00:00 +0100 NHC and Minister of Justice of Ukraine Discuss Access to Crimea for Human Rights Defenders and Rule of Law Needs On March 21, the NHC welcomed a high-level Ukrainian delegation, led by the Minister of Justice Mr. Pavlo Petrenko. The meeting was organized to discuss ways of boosting Dutch-Ukrainian cooperation in human rights protection and strengthening the rule of law in Ukraine. Wed, 23 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Joint statement: Relief over the release of 15 political prisoners in Azerbaijan The undersigned members of the Sport for Rights coalition express our relief over the release of 15 political prisoners in Azerbaijan. Mon, 21 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0100 OSCE should live up to commitments on refugees and migrants An expert workshop on migration called for increased efforts by the OSCE participating states to implement their commitments and ensure the protection of refugees as set out in the 1951 UN Refugee Convention. Tue, 08 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0100 NGOs call for the inclusion of Human Rights in the new EU Global Strategy NGOs call the Dutch Foreign Affairs Committee to consider that a new and ambitious European foreign policy must be based on defending the universality of human rights and international law and the preservation of human dignity. Mon, 07 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Prison and probation staff at a common Risk Assessment Training Evaluation of risk must be the foundation of all types of reintegration activities. This was the basic idea at the Risk Assessment training held in Montenegro where probation and prison staff worked together on the use of a common tool kit. Mon, 29 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Judges and probation officers share experiences on implementing community service sentences Judges from first instance courts and probation officers came together in a fruitful workshop on February 15, marking the first activity of the year centered on supporting the probation service and the system of alternative sanctions in Montenegro. Mon, 22 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0100 DCI European Conference: Children’s Rights Behind Bars The Netherlands Helsinki Committee was present at the successful European Conference on Human Rights of Children Deprived of Liberty organized by the NGO Defence for Children-Belgium. Tue, 16 Feb 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Announcement: Lunch event with Legal Director of Human Rights Centre Memorial On Thursday 28 January, the NHC will host a lunch event with Kirill Koroteev, the Legal Director of Human Rights Centre Memorial in Moscow. Tue, 19 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Concerns over the rule of law in Poland The Netherlands Helsinki Committee joined an appeal by the Civic Solidarity Platform NGO, expressing concern about amendments in the Polish media and judiciary legislation. These amendments and the way they have been introduced after the new government of the “Law and Justice” Party came into power, affect the state of democracy and rule of law in Poland. Wed, 13 Jan 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Report: Russian "Black Money" in the EU The Expert Group on Fighting Transborder Corruption of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum issued a new report with two new case studies on investments of Russian companies in the European Union: the Nord Stream project and the Transmashholding company. The case studies document a range of questionable practices of these companies and raise questions about the role of business and individual counterparts in the European Union. Fri, 18 Dec 2015 00:00:00 +0100 New publication: Practical Guide on the Committee on Enforced Disappearances Justice and Peace Netherlands and the Netherlands Helsinki Committee (NHC) have published a practical guide for relatives of disappeared persons and NGOs: The Committee on Enforced Disappearances - Addendum to the Manual Using Law against Enforced Disappearances. Tue, 15 Dec 2015 00:00:00 +0100 NEW PUBLICATION This report is part of the 3-year project "Promotion of the Rights of Trafficked Persons in Bulgaria, Romania and Slovakia with Emphasis on Legal Support – A Human Rights-Based Approach". Thu, 10 Dec 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Civic Solidarity Platform issues recommendations on OSCE Human Dimension In order to deliver security in Europe, stronger emphasis on compliance with human dimension commitments is needed. This was the overriding message from the Parallel Civil Society Conference, held in Belgrade on 1 and 2 December 2015, ahead of the 2015 Ministerial Council meeting of the OSCE. Thu, 03 Dec 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Helsinki Civil Society Award launched Arzu Abdullayeva from Azerbaijan and Andrey Yurov from Russia were the laureates of the first Helsinki Civil Society Award, presented on 19 November 2015 in The Hague. Tue, 24 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0100 New publication: The Human Rights Alternative Reporting Cycle The Human Rights Alternative Reporting Cycle is a step-by-step guide through the United Nations human rights reporting process for NGOs. Fri, 13 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Release publication 'Promotion of the Rights of Trafficked Persons in Albania' In October, during the expert meeting in Tirana, the Center for Legal Civic Initiatives (CLCI) and NHC were pleased to present to participating judges, prosecutors and the School of Magistrates the final version of the legal analysis of the current situation in regard to the rights of victims of trafficking in Albania. Tue, 03 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0100 HDIM side event on legal protection of trafficked persons The need to improve access of trafficked persons to legal counseling and aid was the theme of an NHC-organized side event at the 2015 Human Dimension Implementation Meeting. An adequate referral system which ensures that victims are informed about the relevant judicial proceedings and their rights from their very first contact with the authorities is missing in many countries. Fri, 23 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Commemoration of “disappearances” in Belarus On 16 September, four enforced disappearances which took place in Belarus in 1999 and 2000 were commemorated in the Dutch city of Eindhoven. Mon, 21 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0100 NHC to take part in Human Dimension Implementation Meeting As in previous years, the NHC will be represented at the annual OSCE ODIHR Human Dimension Implementation Meeting, to be held in Warsaw from 21 September to 2 October. The NHC is involved in the organization of three specific events during this year's meeting. Mon, 14 Sep 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Publication: Promoting a Victim Centred Approach in Trafficking Cases in Bosnia and Herzegovina The research "Promoting a Victim Centred Approach in Trafficking Cases" assesses the treatment of trafficked persons in criminal and other relevant legal proceedings and their access to legal aid and representation in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Mon, 03 Aug 2015 00:00:00 +0100 NHC calls on the IOC to promote implementation of international human rights standards by Kazakhstan The Netherlands Helsinki Committee has joined the campaign by the Kazakhstan International Bureau for Human Rights and Rule of Law and called on the International Olympic Committee to promote implementation of international human rights standards by the Kazakhstani Government. Mon, 27 Jul 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Stricter controls needed to avoid transborder corruption and excessive environmental damage in investment projects in Russia 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. Tue, 30 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100 Crowdfunding project to help juvenile detainees in Albania 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. Tue, 30 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100 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. Fri, 26 Jun 2015 00:00:00 +0100