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 Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:41:23 +0100 Shocking new arrests of human rights defenders in Azerbaijan http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Shocking_new_arrests_of_human_rights_defenders_in_Azerbaijan.html?id=243 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Shocking_new_arrests_of_human_rights_defenders_in_Azerbaijan.html?id=243 The Netherlands Helsinki Committee calls for a review of policies by European governments towards Azerbaijan after the shocking arrest last week of two prominent Azerbaijani human rights defenders, Leyla Yunus and Rasul Jafarov. Both are in pre-trial detention. The arrests mark a new low in official policies towards independent civil society voices, which have become gradually more repressive in recent years. Tue, 05 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Promotion of Implementation of European Human Rights Court Verdicts in Georgia http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Promotion_of_Implementation_of_European_Human_Rights_Court_Verdicts_in_Georgia.html?id=242 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Promotion_of_Implementation_of_European_Human_Rights_Court_Verdicts_in_Georgia.html?id=242 Last week, NHC took part in several events in Tbilisi focusing on improving the implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights in Georgia. The events, a conference and two training sessions, were organized by NHC partner NGO Unity of Judges of Georgia. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0100 UN Committee supports concerns raised by Kyrgyz civil society http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/UN_Committee_supports_concerns_raised_by_Kyrgyz_civil_society.html?id=240 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/UN_Committee_supports_concerns_raised_by_Kyrgyz_civil_society.html?id=240 The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC) has published its Concluding Observations for the Kyrgyz Republic. The Netherlands Helsinki Committee has worked together with, and actively supported, Kyrgyz organizations, and especially our partner Child Rights Defender's League, in their advocacy at the level of the UN CRC in order to raise a multitude of concerns about respect, protection and promotion of Rights of the Child. We are pleased to see many of the concerns raised have been included in the Concluding Observations as a result of this advocacy. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Ales Bialiatski is free! http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Ales_Bialiatski_is_free_.html?id=241 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Ales_Bialiatski_is_free_.html?id=241 The NHC congratulates Ales Bialiatski, his family members and all his friends and colleagues with his early release from prison on Saturday 21 June 2014. Ales Bialiatski is Chairperson of Human Rights Centre "Viasna" and Vice-President of the International Federation for Human Rights. On 4 August 2011 he was detained by police representatives of the Department of Financial Investigations and on 24 November, he was sentenced to four and a half years imprisonment on charges of "concealment of income on a large scale" (article 243.2 of the Belarusian Criminal Code). In previous campaings the NHC advocated for his release. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Statement on OSCE Guidelines on the Protection of Human Rights Defenders http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Statement_on_OSCE_Guidelines_on_the_Protection_of_Human_Rights_Defenders.html?id=239 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Statement_on_OSCE_Guidelines_on_the_Protection_of_Human_Rights_Defenders.html?id=239 The Netherlands Helsinki Committee welcomes the Guidelines on the Protection for Human Rights Defenders, issued on 10 June 2014 by the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the OSCE. During the launch conference of the Guidelines in Bern, NHC Executive Director Harry Hummel announced a new campaign for the release of Ales Bialiatski. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Promotion of the Right of Trafficked Persons: Reports from Bulgaria, Romania and Slovakia http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Promotion_of_the_Right_of_Trafficked_Persons__Reports_from_Bulgaria__Romania_and_Slovakia.html?id=238 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Promotion_of_the_Right_of_Trafficked_Persons__Reports_from_Bulgaria__Romania_and_Slovakia.html?id=238 The NHC is proud to present three individual country reports on the current situation in Bulgaria, Romania and Slovakia with regard to the legal position of trafficked persons. These reports have been written as part of the three-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, 12 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Call to sign the Balkans Declaration on Trafficking and Exploitation of Human Beings http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Call_to_sign_the_Balkans_Declaration_on_Trafficking_and_Exploitation_of_Human_Beings.html?id=237 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Call_to_sign_the_Balkans_Declaration_on_Trafficking_and_Exploitation_of_Human_Beings.html?id=237 As part of the Balkan Act Now! Project, lead organization ASTRA Anti-Trafficking Action from Serbia and its six partner organizations, one of which is the Netherlands Helsinki Committee, call upon all civil society organizations in Europe to sign the Balkans Declaration on Trafficking and the Exploitation of Human Beings and help bring about a better protection of the rights of victims and a more effective prosecution of human trafficking in the Western Balkans countries. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Civic Solidarity Platform Publishes Appeal to OSCE to Counter Enforced Disappearances http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Civic_Solidarity_Platform_Publishes_Appeal_to_OSCE_to_Counter_Enforced_Disappearances.html?id=236 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Civic_Solidarity_Platform_Publishes_Appeal_to_OSCE_to_Counter_Enforced_Disappearances.html?id=236 The Civic Solidarity Platform published the following appeal to the OSCE on the occasion of the International Week of the Disappeared. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Campaign for the release of Ales Bialiatski http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Campaign_for_the_release_of_Ales_Bialiatski.html?id=235 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Campaign_for_the_release_of_Ales_Bialiatski.html?id=235 -Human Rights activist Ales Bialiatski is Chairperson of Human Rights Centre "Viasna" and Vice-President of the International Federation for Human Rights. On 4 August 2011 he was detained by police representatives of the Department of Financial Investigations an on 24 November, he was sentenced to four and a half years imprisonment. we campaign for the immediate and unconditional release of AlesW Wed, 28 May 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Partner NGO IFS-Emmaus needs support to deal with effects of flooding http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Partner_NGO__IFS_Emmaus_needs_support_to_deal_with_effects_of_flooding.html?id=234 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Partner_NGO__IFS_Emmaus_needs_support_to_deal_with_effects_of_flooding.html?id=234 The Netherlands Helsinki Committee and the Center for International Legal Cooperation call for support to NHC's partner organization IFS-Emmaus in Bosnia-Herzegovina to help deal with the consequences of the catastrophic flooding. Wed, 21 May 2014 00:00:00 +0100 NHC speaks at parliamentary hearing on rule of law in European Union http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/NHC_speaks_at_parliamentary_hearing_on_rule_of_law_in_European_Union.html?id=233 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/NHC_speaks_at_parliamentary_hearing_on_rule_of_law_in_European_Union.html?id=233 NHC Chairman Ian de Jong was one of the speakers at a round table discussion of the Dutch parliament on the rule of law in Europe. The NHC pleaded for stimulating the role of civil society in pushing for a full implementation of standards for the rule of law, for example with respect to judgments of the European Court of Human Rights. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0100 NHC and CILC: Quality standards in project acquisition http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/NHC_and_CILC__Quality_standards_in_project_acquisition.html?id=232 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/NHC_and_CILC__Quality_standards_in_project_acquisition.html?id=232 More than a year ago, the NHC and the Center for Internation Legal Cooperation (CILC) have initiated a joint trajectory to professionalise the way we (jointly and separately) design and implement projects and programmes. Under this umbrella, we regularly organise joint workshops to brainstorm and discuss the further professionalisation of our project acquisition and management. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0100 To Watch: An Interview With Andrei Sannikov & Irina Khalip http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/To_Watch__An_Interview_With_Andrei_Sannikov___Irina_Khalip.html?id=231 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/To_Watch__An_Interview_With_Andrei_Sannikov___Irina_Khalip.html?id=231 On March 25th, Belarusian political activist Andrei Sannikov and journalist Irina Khalip hosted a public discussion event on behalf of the NHC and Amnesty International. After the event, the couple sat down with NHC director Harry Hummel for a brief interview. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Joint NHC and CILC mission to Mali http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Joint_NHC_and_CILC_mission_to_Mali.html?id=230 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Joint_NHC_and_CILC_mission_to_Mali.html?id=230 In February, Servaas Feiertag (CILC) and Jan de Vries (NHC) completed a second mission to Mali, in the context of the Studies of Criminal Justice in Mali and Development of Special Mechanisms to Support the Criminal Chain project. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Public discussion with Belarusian opposition leader Andrei Sannikov and journalist Irina Khalip http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Public_discussion_with_Belarusian_opposition_leader_Andrei_Sannikov_and_journalist_Irina_Khalip.html?id=228 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Public_discussion_with_Belarusian_opposition_leader_Andrei_Sannikov_and_journalist_Irina_Khalip.html?id=228 Amnesty International and the Netherlands Helsinki Committee will jointly organize a public discussion with former Belarusian opposition leader Andrei Sannikov and his wife, journalist Irina Khalip. This event will take place Tuesday, March 25, at the offices of the Netherlands Helsinki Committee in The Hague. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0100 NHC to enhance work in support of human rights defenders in post-Soviet countries http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/NHC_to_enhance_work_in_support_of_human_rights_defenders_in_post_Soviet_countries.html?id=227 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/NHC_to_enhance_work_in_support_of_human_rights_defenders_in_post_Soviet_countries.html?id=227 The Netherlands Helsinki Committee, in partnership with its Polish sister organization the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, is starting a four-year project to support human rights defenders in a number of countries in the former Soviet Union. In many parts of the world, space for the defence of human rights is under threat. This does not only affect human rights NGOs, but a much broader group of persons and organisations working on environmental issues, against unjust government or business decisions and for equal rights for minorities. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0100 First Judgment Awarding Compensation for A Victim of Trafficking in Serbia Issued and Executed http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/First_Judgment_Awarding_Compensation_for_A_Victim_of_Trafficking_in_Serbia_Issued_and_Executed.html?id=225 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/First_Judgment_Awarding_Compensation_for_A_Victim_of_Trafficking_in_Serbia_Issued_and_Executed.html?id=225 In February, the Court of Appeals in Novi Sad confirmed the judgment of the Novi Sad Basic Court in civil proceedings ordering four individuals sentenced for trafficking in human beings to jointly compensate the plaintiff, victim of human trafficking, to the amount of RSD 1,000,000 (approximately €8620) on account of non-material damages. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 00:00:00 +0100 New juvenile facilities planned in Albania http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/New_juvenile_facilities_planned_in_Albania.html?id=224 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/New_juvenile_facilities_planned_in_Albania.html?id=224 After a recent visit to Albania, representatives of the Netherlands Helsinki Committee and Dutch Custodial Institutions Agency were happy to report on promising news. In recent talks, the General Director of Prisons Mr. Artur Zoto committed to creating an improved independent unit for juvenile detainees by April 1st 2014 in Shën Koll Prison (Lezha). Tue, 18 Feb 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Supporting the probation service and alternative sanctions in Montenegro http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Supporting_the_probation_service_and_alternative_sanctions_in_Montenegro.html?id=223 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Supporting_the_probation_service_and_alternative_sanctions_in_Montenegro.html?id=223 Last week NHC conducted an inception mission to Montenegro for the start-up of the recently accorded project Support to the probation service and the system of alternative sanctions in Montenegro. The project is funded by the Matra CoPROL-Programme of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It is implemented by NHC and our Dutch partner, the Centre for International Legal Cooperation (CILC). Wed, 05 Feb 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Editorial Manager client Security and Human Rights now live http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Editorial_Manager_client_Security_and_Human_Rights_now_live.html?id=222 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Editorial_Manager_client_Security_and_Human_Rights_now_live.html?id=222 The staff of Security and Human Rights is pleased to announce the launch of SHR’s very own Editorial Manager client. Editorial Manager is an online browser based manuscript submission and peer review system used by over 5000 journals worldwide. The use of Editorial Manager will streamline the communication between authors and editors, while offering authors the unique ability to track the progress of their manuscripts. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 00:00:00 +0100 Alarm at Growing Violence in Ukraine http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Alarm_at_Growing_Violence_in_Ukraine_.html?id=221 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/Alarm_at_Growing_Violence_in_Ukraine_.html?id=221 The EU-Russia Civil Society Forum, of which the Netherlands Helsinki Committee is a member, is calling on the Ukrainian government to repeal recent repressive legislation and end its brutal response to the massive protests in the country. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 00:00:00 +0100 A brighter future for juvenile detainees: Needs assessment Albanian, Kosovar and Macedonian prisons http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/A_brighter_future_for_juvenile_detainees__Needs_assessment_Albanian__Kosovar_and_Macedonian_prisons.html?id=220 http://www.nhc.nl/en/news/A_brighter_future_for_juvenile_detainees__Needs_assessment_Albanian__Kosovar_and_Macedonian_prisons.html?id=220 Between October and November 2013, representatives of the Custodial Institutions Agency (DJI, Dienst Justitiële Inrichtingen) and the Netherlands Helsinki Committee, visited a number of juvenile prisons as part of the project ‘Improvement of Prison Conditions for Reintegration of Juvenile Detainees in Albania, Macedonia and Kosovo’. Tue, 07 Jan 2014 00:00:00 +0100