Bridging The Gulf Copyright (c) 2011, Bridging The Gulf http://www.nhc.nl/rss.php nl Bridging The Gulf RSS-feed bridgingthegulf@nhc.nl Bridging The Gulf RSS http://www.nhc.nl/rss.php http://www.nhc.nl/images/logo_en.png 144 30 Bridging The Gulf RSS Tue, 06 Dec 2016 06:42:49 +0100 Report and handbook from ASTRA: anti-trafficking laws and policies in Serbia http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Report_and_handbook_from_ASTRA__anti_trafficking_laws_and_policies_in_Serbia.html?id=786 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Report_and_handbook_from_ASTRA__anti_trafficking_laws_and_policies_in_Serbia.html?id=786 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. Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Magyar Helsinki Bizottság v. Hungary http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Magyar_Helsinki_Bizotts__g_v__Hungary.html?id=785 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Magyar_Helsinki_Bizotts__g_v__Hungary.html?id=785 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. Tue, 29 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Human Rights Defenders Bokayev and Ayan Sentenced to Five Years Prison http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Human_Rights_Defenders_Bokayev_and_Ayan_Sentenced_to_Five_Years_Prison.html?id=777 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Human_Rights_Defenders_Bokayev_and_Ayan_Sentenced_to_Five_Years_Prison.html?id=777 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. Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0100 NHC signs on to the Civic Charter http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/NHC_signs_on_to_the_Civic_Charter.html?id=784 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/NHC_signs_on_to_the_Civic_Charter.html?id=784 The NHC has officially signed on to the Civic Charter - The Global Framework for People's Participation. Fri, 25 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0100 FRA conference calls for a united front for security and human rights http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/FRA_conference_calls_for_a_united_front_for_security_and_human_rights.html?id=782 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/FRA_conference_calls_for_a_united_front_for_security_and_human_rights.html?id=782 EU officials are working to build trust and maintain respect in the face of terrorist threats. On November 14, EU representatives met in Vienna to discuss strategies for ensuring security and fundamental rights within the EU. Wed, 16 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Tentative optimism? Obama reassures world leaders Trump will observe commitment to NATO allies http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Tentative_optimism__Obama_reassures_world_leaders_Trump_will_observe_commitment_to_NATO_allies.html?id=780 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Tentative_optimism__Obama_reassures_world_leaders_Trump_will_observe_commitment_to_NATO_allies.html?id=780 Days after the election that shook the nation and political leaders around the globe, Obama has announced that Donald Trump will stand by America’s commitment to sustaining NATO alliances. After having openly criticized NATO, Trump’s turnaround is an unexpected but positive step. Tue, 15 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Lawyers network meeting: improving access to justice for trafficked persons http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Lawyers_network_meeting__improving_access_to_justice_for_trafficked_persons.html?id=781 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Lawyers_network_meeting__improving_access_to_justice_for_trafficked_persons.html?id=781 The Netherlands Helsinki Committee (NHC) and the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings are organizing a meeting for lawyers and NGOs about the provision of legal assistance for human trafficking victims on 22 and 23 November 2016 in Strasbourg, France. Tue, 15 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0100 NHC strongly condemns the attack on Krassimir Kanev http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/NHC_strongly_condemns_the_attack_on_Krassimir_Kanev.html?id=779 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/NHC_strongly_condemns_the_attack_on_Krassimir_Kanev.html?id=779 Statement of the Civic Solidarity Platform Members on the Attack on the Chair of the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee Krassimir Kanev Wed, 02 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0100 International Conference: 'Who determines the security (research) agenda?' http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/International_Conference___Who_determines_the_security__research__agenda___.html?id=776 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/International_Conference___Who_determines_the_security__research__agenda___.html?id=776 Wondering who should take the lead in facing key contemporary challenges like terrorism, cyber-attacks and hybrid warfare, how different actors work together and what the challenges of collaboration are? Join the NHC in attending the International Conference 'Who determines the security (research) agenda?' organized by the Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) of Leiden University. Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Human Rights Groups Call to Suspend Azerbaijan from Participation in EITI http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Human_Rights_Groups_Call_to_Suspend_Azerbaijan_from_Participation_in_EITI.html?id=778 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Human_Rights_Groups_Call_to_Suspend_Azerbaijan_from_Participation_in_EITI.html?id=778 Letter by 18 civil society organisations to the Members of the Board of the Extractive Industries Transperancy Initiative on the Working Conditions of Civil Society in Azerbaijan. Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Statement on the Case of Emir-Usein Kuku Prosecuted for Human Rights Activity in Crimea http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Statement_on_the_Case_of_Emir_Usein_Kuku_Prosecuted_for_Human_Rights_Activity_in_Crimea.html?id=775 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Statement_on_the_Case_of_Emir_Usein_Kuku_Prosecuted_for_Human_Rights_Activity_in_Crimea.html?id=775 The NHC, along with the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights (HFHR), and the Human Rights Information Centre (HRIC) demand the immediate release of human rights defender Emir-Usein Kuku, a member of the Crimean Human Rights Group. Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0100 NHC Concerned Over Deteriorating US-Russia Relations http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/NHC_Concerned_Over_Deteriorating_US_Russia_Relations.html?id=774 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/NHC_Concerned_Over_Deteriorating_US_Russia_Relations.html?id=774 United States-Russia relations have become increasingly strained in the midst of continuous disagreements over the handling of the Syrian conflict. Cooperation in Syria was an opportunity for the two to strengthen ties after clashing over the annexation of Crimea. However, in recent weeks, this possibility has been considered less likely. Thu, 06 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Azerbaijan: Results of the Constitutional Referendum http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Azerbaijan__Results_of_the_Constitutional_Referendum_.html?id=773 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Azerbaijan__Results_of_the_Constitutional_Referendum_.html?id=773 With the recent economic struggle that has hit Azerbaijan caused by the decline in oil prices, the current government's grip on power has been threatened. As a result, President Aliyev held a constitutional referendum on the 26th of September, which included twenty-nine questions. Initial findings by the Council of Europe suggest that the majority of citizens voted in favour for all of the changes. Tue, 04 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Human Rights Situation in the Netherlands http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Human_Rights_Situation_in_the_Netherlands.html?id=772 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Human_Rights_Situation_in_the_Netherlands.html?id=772 The report Bringing Human Rights Home: Contribution to the third Universal Periodic Review of the Netherlands has provided a perfect opportunity for Dutch NGOs to cast light on the human rights situation from a Dutch perspective. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Civil Society Appeals to the International Association of Prosecutors to Uphold Human Rights http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Civil_Society_Appeals_to_the_International_Association_of_Prosecutors_to_Uphold_Human_Rights.html?id=771 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Civil_Society_Appeals_to_the_International_Association_of_Prosecutors_to_Uphold_Human_Rights.html?id=771 Over 50 civil society organizations, including the NHC, have called on the International Association of Prosecutors (IAP) to take steps to ensure that its members act in accordance with international human rights standards. Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Book on Hate Crime, Incitement to Hatred and Hate Speech published http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Book_on_Hate_Crime__Incitement_to_Hatred_and_Hate_Speech_published.html?id=770 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Book_on_Hate_Crime__Incitement_to_Hatred_and_Hate_Speech_published.html?id=770 NHC is excited to announce the publication of the book Criminal Law on Hate Crime, Incitement to Hatred and Hate Speech in OSCE Participating States by human rights researcher Alexander Verkhovsky. The book is a comparative analysis of laws on hate crime and related matters in all 57 OSCE participating states. Wed, 14 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0100 NHC was present at the Association of Human Rights Institutes Conference (AHRI) http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/NHC_was_present_at_the_Association_of_Human_Rights_Institutes_Conference__AHRI__.html?id=768 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/NHC_was_present_at_the_Association_of_Human_Rights_Institutes_Conference__AHRI__.html?id=768 Recent events in Turkey, India, Egypt and other countries are emblematic examples of a reversal of academic freedom. Under this crackdown, professors and students are being suspended, detained or even mistreated on the pretext of security and counter-terrorism measures. Not only do those practices occasionally constitute grave human rights violations, but they also put democracy and freedom into peril. Tue, 13 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Arbitrary Detentions and Forced Disappearances in Ukraine http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Arbitrary_Detentions_and_Forced_Disappearances_in_Ukraine.html?id=767 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Arbitrary_Detentions_and_Forced_Disappearances_in_Ukraine.html?id=767 The practice of enforced disappearances has become a tool in the ongoing violent conflict in eastern Ukraine. Even though it is considered a grave violation under the international law, it has been reportedly used by both sides of the conflict. Moreover, it adds to the litany of human rights abuses that have been unravelling since the war broke out in 2014. Wed, 31 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Orhan Kemal Cengiz: “We are anxiously awaiting, as we do not know what is going to happen.” http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Orhan_Kemal_Cengiz_____We_are_anxiously_awaiting__as_we_do_not_know_what_is_going_to__happen____.html?id=765 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Orhan_Kemal_Cengiz_____We_are_anxiously_awaiting__as_we_do_not_know_what_is_going_to__happen____.html?id=765 NHC talked to Orhan Kemal Cengiz, Turkish lawyer, journalist and human rights activist, to hear his personal story and his view on the recent events in Turkey. Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Hope for the imminent demise of the notorious prison Guantanamo http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Hope_for_the_imminent_demise_of_the_notorious_prison_Guantanamo.html?id=764 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Hope_for_the_imminent_demise_of_the_notorious_prison_Guantanamo.html?id=764 Hope for the imminent demise of the notorious prison Guantanamo Can the Guantanamo prison finally be closed down? Now that Obama's final term is about to end, his election promise to close down the controversial detention center is more urgent than ever before. Tue, 23 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Azerbaijan: Renewed Human Rights Crackdown Ahead of Referendum http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Azerbaijan__Renewed_Human_Rights_Crackdown_Ahead_of_Referendum.html?id=766 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Azerbaijan__Renewed_Human_Rights_Crackdown_Ahead_of_Referendum.html?id=766 Less than six weeks ahead of a constitutional referendum, the Azerbaijani authorities have unleashed a new wave of repression to silence critical voices. As a member of the Sport for Rights coalition, NHC condemns this renewed crackdown, and call on the Azerbaijani authorities to take immediate steps to improve the human rights situation in the country, starting with the release of political prisoners. Thu, 18 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Practical Guide for Relatives of Disappeared Persons and NGOs http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Practical_Guide_for_Relatives_of_Disappeared_Persons_and_NGOs.html?id=763 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Practical_Guide_for_Relatives_of_Disappeared_Persons_and_NGOs.html?id=763 NHC would like to bring your attention to Using Law Against Enforced Disappearances practical guide, aiming to enhance the capacities of victims of enforced disappearances. Wed, 17 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Call for publications in the Security and Human Rights journal http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Call_for_publications_in_the_Security_and_Human_Rights_journal.html?id=762 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Call_for_publications_in_the_Security_and_Human_Rights_journal.html?id=762 Thu, 11 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0100 A project update – greenhouse business plan http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/A_project_update_____greenhouse_business_plan.html?id=769 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/A_project_update_____greenhouse_business_plan.html?id=769 Can gardening projects contribute to the rehabilitation of prison inmates? Pioneering work has been done by many horticultural rehabilitation projects around the world. These have proven to be rewarding and useful learning experiences that pave the way to successful reintegration. Tue, 09 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Coup purges continue in Turkey http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Coup_purges_continue_in_Turkey.html?id=761 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Coup_purges_continue_in_Turkey.html?id=761 Amid the recent coup-related wave of purges in Turkey, at least 1,684 judges and prosecutors have been taken into custody to the regime, as they have been held in detention pending investigation. Tue, 09 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0100 News from OSCE Kyrgyzstan http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/News_from_OSCE_Kyrgyzstan.html?id=760 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/News_from_OSCE_Kyrgyzstan.html?id=760 “Peace and Reconciliation through strengthening the rule of law and protection of human rights” project, run by the UN in collaboration with OSCE, is gaining momentum as another training event for lawyers, prosecutors and judges was organized in Kyrgyzstan. Thu, 04 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0100 What is next for Bulgarian fight against terrorism? http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/What_is_next_for_Bulgarian_fight_against_terrorism__.html?id=759 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/What_is_next_for_Bulgarian_fight_against_terrorism__.html?id=759 As it has been observed by NHC, state of emergency appears to have become a common response to terrorist attacks. Both France and Germany are resorting to this extreme measure, with the former recently extending it for six months after the attack in Nice, and the latter declaring state of emergency after the shooting rampage in Munich. Bulgaria is also set to integrate a similar measure into its law books. A counter-terrorism bill, feared to curb civil liberties, has been passed during the first reading by the Bulgarian parliament on July 28. Wed, 03 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Concerns over ongoing police brutality in Armenia http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Concerns_over_ongoing_police_brutality_in_Armenia.html?id=758 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Concerns_over_ongoing_police_brutality_in_Armenia.html?id=758 A number of human rights NGOs condemned the intensification of police violence in Armenia, associated with allegations of ill-treatment and torture inflicted upon Armenian peaceful protestors. Tue, 02 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Roundtable in Moldova on conditional release http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Roundtable_in_Moldova_on_conditional_release_.html?id=757 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Roundtable_in_Moldova_on_conditional_release_.html?id=757 A roundtable on conditional release and social reintegration of detainees was held in order to explore effective ways and tools for the inter-institutional cooperation between probation and penitentiary systems in Moldova. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Max van der Stoel Award 2016 goes to Cypriot NGO http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Max_van_der_Stoel_Award_2016_goes_to_Cypriot_NGO.html?id=756 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Max_van_der_Stoel_Award_2016_goes_to_Cypriot_NGO.html?id=756 The Cyprus-based NGO Association for Historical Dialogue and Research (AHDR) is the winner of the Max van der Stoel Award 2016. Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Turkey: Release and ongoing judicial harassment of Şebnem Korur Fincancı, Erol Önderoğlu and Ahmet Nesin. http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Turkey__Release_and_ongoing_judicial_harassment_of___ebnem_Korur_Fincanc____Erol___ndero__lu_and_Ahmet_Nesin_.html?id=754 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Turkey__Release_and_ongoing_judicial_harassment_of___ebnem_Korur_Fincanc____Erol___ndero__lu_and_Ahmet_Nesin_.html?id=754 The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), publishes new information on the release and ongoing judicial harassment of Şebnem Korur Fincancı, Erol Önderoğlu and Ahmet Nesin. Thu, 07 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Equipping juvenile offenders in Correctional Centre Lipjan http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Equipping_juvenile_offenders_in_Correctional_Centre_Lipjan_.html?id=755 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Equipping_juvenile_offenders_in_Correctional_Centre_Lipjan_.html?id=755 Through workshops staff members of Correctional Centre Lipjan get acquainted with the purpose, structure and the current implementation of the EQUIP programme. Thu, 07 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Interview with Prison Expert Edward Lucaci http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Interview_with_Prison_Expert_Edward_Lucaci_.html?id=752 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Interview_with_Prison_Expert_Edward_Lucaci_.html?id=752 Edward Lucaci is a Prison Expert of the project 'Support to the enforcement probation and rehabilitation system' in Moldova. What are his experiences in the field and what do his activities entail? Lucaci illuminates. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 First judges and prosecutors in Bosnia and Herzegovina to train colleagues in human trafficking issues http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/First_judges_and_prosecutors_in_Bosnia_and_Herzegovina_to_train_colleagues_in_human_trafficking_issues.html?id=753 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/First_judges_and_prosecutors_in_Bosnia_and_Herzegovina_to_train_colleagues_in_human_trafficking_issues.html?id=753 Nine judges and prosecutors were trained in Bosnia and Herzegovina in order to become trainers in human trafficking issues within the project “Promoting a Victim Centred Approach in Trafficking Cases in Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina”. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Risk Assessment training in Bijelo Polje http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Risk_Assessment_training_in_Bijelo_Polje.html?id=751 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Risk_Assessment_training_in_Bijelo_Polje.html?id=751 Evaluation of risk is the foundation of all types of reintegration activities. This was the basic idea at the Risk Assessment training held in Montenegro where trainees worked together on the use of a common tool kit. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Grave concern about the arrest of three Turkish human rights defenders and journalists. http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Grave_concern_about_the_arrest_of_three_Turkish_human_rights_defenders_and_journalists__.html?id=750 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Grave_concern_about_the_arrest_of_three_Turkish_human_rights_defenders_and_journalists__.html?id=750 Members of the OSCE-wide NGO coalition Civic Solidarity Platform express their grave concern about the arrest on the 20th of June 2016 of the President of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (HRFT), Şebnem Korur Fincancı, Erol Önderoğlu (journalist associated with Reporters Without Borders) and Ahmet Nesin in connection with their participation in the campaign to counter suppression of the Özgür Gündem journal. Wed, 22 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Interview with Andrej Yurov in Trouw http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Interview_with_Andrej_Yurov_in_Trouw.html?id=749 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Interview_with_Andrej_Yurov_in_Trouw.html?id=749 The Russian human rights defender Andrej Yurov visited the Netherlands in June 2016. The Dutch newspaper Trouw interviewed him. Read the article here. Tue, 21 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 NHC at the WEurope Festival in Amsterdam http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/NHC_at_the_WEurope_Festival_in_Amsterdam.html?id=746 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/NHC_at_the_WEurope_Festival_in_Amsterdam.html?id=746 Saturday the 11th of June NHC was present at the WEurope Festival organised by Foundation Max van der Stoel. Wed, 08 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0100 Azerbaijan: Free Prisoners Before Baku Grand Prix Race http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Azerbaijan__Free_Prisoners_Before_Baku_Grand_Prix_Race.html?id=744 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Azerbaijan__Free_Prisoners_Before_Baku_Grand_Prix_Race.html?id=744 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 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Montenegro__Seeing_is_Believing.html?id=739 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Montenegro__Seeing_is_Believing.html?id=739 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 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Azerbaijan__Independent_Media_Under_Unprecedented_Attack.html?id=742 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Azerbaijan__Independent_Media_Under_Unprecedented_Attack.html?id=742 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 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/NHC_and_Minister_of_Justice_of_Ukraine_Discuss_Access_to_Crimea_for_Human_Rights_Defenders_and_Rule_of_Law_Needs.html?id=737 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/NHC_and_Minister_of_Justice_of_Ukraine_Discuss_Access_to_Crimea_for_Human_Rights_Defenders_and_Rule_of_Law_Needs.html?id=737 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 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Joint_statement__Relief_over_the_release_of_15_political_prisoners_in_Azerbaijan.html?id=735 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Joint_statement__Relief_over_the_release_of_15_political_prisoners_in_Azerbaijan.html?id=735 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 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/OSCE_should_live_up_to_commitments_on_refugees_and_migrants.html?id=731 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/OSCE_should_live_up_to_commitments_on_refugees_and_migrants.html?id=731 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 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/NGOs_call_for_the_inclusion_of_Human_Rights_in_the_new_EU_Global_Strategy.html?id=733 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/NGOs_call_for_the_inclusion_of_Human_Rights_in_the_new_EU_Global_Strategy.html?id=733 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 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Prison_and_probation_staff_at_a_common_Risk_Assessment_Training.html?id=729 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Prison_and_probation_staff_at_a_common_Risk_Assessment_Training.html?id=729 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 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Judges_and_probation_officers_share_experiences_on_implementing_community_service_sentences.html?id=727 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Judges_and_probation_officers_share_experiences_on_implementing_community_service_sentences.html?id=727 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 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/DCI_European_Conference__Children___s_Rights_Behind_Bars.html?id=725 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/DCI_European_Conference__Children___s_Rights_Behind_Bars.html?id=725 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 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Announcement__Lunch_event_with_Legal_Director_of_Human_Rights_Centre_Memorial.html?id=717 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Announcement__Lunch_event_with_Legal_Director_of_Human_Rights_Centre_Memorial.html?id=717 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 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Concerns_over_the_rule_of_law_in_Poland.html?id=716 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Concerns_over_the_rule_of_law_in_Poland.html?id=716 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 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Report__Russian__Black_Money__in_the_EU.html?id=715 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Report__Russian__Black_Money__in_the_EU.html?id=715 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 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/New_publication__Practical_Guide_on_the_Committee_on_Enforced_Disappearances.html?id=699 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/New_publication__Practical_Guide_on_the_Committee_on_Enforced_Disappearances.html?id=699 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 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/NEW_PUBLICATION.html?id=698 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/NEW_PUBLICATION.html?id=698 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 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Civic_Solidarity_Platform_issues_recommendations_on_OSCE_Human_Dimension.html?id=700 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Civic_Solidarity_Platform_issues_recommendations_on_OSCE_Human_Dimension.html?id=700 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 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Helsinki_Civil_Society_Award_launched.html?id=697 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Helsinki_Civil_Society_Award_launched.html?id=697 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 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/object.html?id=783 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/object.html?id=783 The Helsinki Committee awards two individuals for their outstanding contributions to the field of human rights. Thu, 19 Nov 2015 00:00:00 +0100 New publication: The Human Rights Alternative Reporting Cycle http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/New_publication__The_Human_Rights_Alternative_Reporting_Cycle.html?id=696 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/New_publication__The_Human_Rights_Alternative_Reporting_Cycle.html?id=696 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' http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Release_publication__Promotion_of_the_Rights_of_Trafficked_Persons_in_Albania_.html?id=695 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Release_publication__Promotion_of_the_Rights_of_Trafficked_Persons_in_Albania_.html?id=695 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 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/HDIM_side_event_on_legal_protection_of_trafficked_persons.html?id=694 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/HDIM_side_event_on_legal_protection_of_trafficked_persons.html?id=694 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 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Commemoration_of____disappearances____in_Belarus.html?id=692 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Commemoration_of____disappearances____in_Belarus.html?id=692 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 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/NHC_to_take_part_in_Human_Dimension_Implementation_Meeting.html?id=691 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/NHC_to_take_part_in_Human_Dimension_Implementation_Meeting.html?id=691 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 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Publication__Promoting_a_Victim_Centred_Approach_in_Trafficking_Cases_in_Bosnia_and_Herzegovina.html?id=724 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Publication__Promoting_a_Victim_Centred_Approach_in_Trafficking_Cases_in_Bosnia_and_Herzegovina.html?id=724 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 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/NHC_calls_on_the_IOC_to_promote_implementation_of_international_human_rights_standards_by_Kazakhstan.html?id=674 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/NHC_calls_on_the_IOC_to_promote_implementation_of_international_human_rights_standards_by_Kazakhstan.html?id=674 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 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Stricter_controls_needed_to_avoid_transborder_corruption_and_excessive_environmental_damage_in_investment_projects_in_Russia.html?id=673 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Stricter_controls_needed_to_avoid_transborder_corruption_and_excessive_environmental_damage_in_investment_projects_in_Russia.html?id=673 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 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Crowdfunding_project_to_help_juvenile_detainees_in_Albania.html?id=672 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Crowdfunding_project_to_help_juvenile_detainees_in_Albania.html?id=672 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 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Human_rights_defenders____solidarity_match_for_Azerbaijan.html?id=671 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Human_rights_defenders____solidarity_match_for_Azerbaijan.html?id=671 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