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16 July 2013

4th General Assembly EU-Russia Civil Society Forum in The Hague

Stop harassment of Russian NGOs

The Netherlands Helsinki Committee is one of the Dutch non-governmental organizations signing a statement of solidarity with Russian NGOs subject to large-scale inspections, often of an intimidatory nature, by government agents.

MoU between human rights organizations in Central Asia

As a reaction to the deteriorating human rights situation in Central Asia a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between human rights NGOs from all five Central Asian countries.

Concern about wave of NGO harassment in Russia

In the last few weeks hundreds of NGOs in different parts of Russia have been subjected to inspections apparently aimed at determining whether they comply with legal requirements.

Nils Muiznieks, the new Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner, key note speaker on 25 January in The Hague

Our first public event this year will be our Conference on 'The Future of Human Rights in Europe', scheduled on Friday 25 January 2013 from 10.00 till 16.30 at The Hague University of Applied Sciences (Haagse Hogeschool).

EU-Russia Civil Society Forum

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".

Civil Society Meets in Advance of OSCE Ministerial Council

The Netherlands Helsinki Committee is co-organizer of the OSCE Civil Society Parallel Conference in Vilnius, Lithuania, on 4 and 5 December. This event brings together representatives of civil society organizations from all across the OSCE region.

Contribution to OSCE Review Meeting: Civil Society under Pressure in Central Asian Countries

Twenty years after the Soviet Union dissolved and Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan gained independence, civil society activities remain seriously restricted in these countries.

New incidents of harassment reinforce concerns about safety of individuals viewed as linked to Turkmen exile NGO

The Netherlands Helsinki Committee and the International Partnership for Human Rights condemn the hacking of the website of its partner organization Turkmen Initiative for Human Rights, as well as other recent incidents of harassment targeting the organization.