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27 August 2013 Safeguarding Human Rights in Europe

Support for LGBT-rights in Russia

Shadow report on the Kyrgyz Repblic’s implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

Netherlands Helsinki Committee's partner in Kyrgyzstan, the Child Rights Defender's League (Liga Zaschitnikov Prav Rebyonka) has coordinated the writing of a shadow report on the implementation by the Republic of Kyrgyzstan of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Better integration of human rights needed in legislation and sentencing

For the rule of law to be realized, international human rights law must be taken fully on board, NHC director Harry Hummel said in a speech on 11 July 2013 in Vienna.

Foundation Max van der Stoel established

The Netherlands Helsinki Committee congratulates the Foundation Max van der Stoel on their establishment in June 2013. The new Foundation is linked to the Dutch Labour Party (Partij van de Arbeid), of which Max van der Stoel was a member.

Concern on excessive violence against demonstrators in Turkey

The Netherlands Helsinki Committee supports the call of Amnesty International on the government of Turkey to end violent repression of protests in Turkey.

Appeal to EU officials to place emphasis on human rights issues in Azerbaijan

The undersigned organizations call on you to prominently raise human rights issues when you meet with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in Brussels later this week. We fully support the letter sent to you by our Azerbaijani colleagues on June 14, 2013 highlighting a number of worrying trends in Azerbaijan.

NHC welcomes increased attention OSCE for protection human rights defenders

The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the OSCE has decided to develop recommendations for the effective protection of human rights defenders.

Uzbekistan’s partners should push for implementation of UN recommendations

The Universal Periodic Review of Uzbekistan on 24 April 2013 by the UN Human Rights Council ended with the adoption of an outcome report containing a set of recommendations in Geneva on 26 April 2013.

Training in Bishkek on women’s and children’s rights

In the second week of April, fifteen activists from Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan met in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, for a training of trainers on a rights based approach to social policies relevant to women and children.

Conference on Freedom of Assembly and Association in the OSCE

On 7 February, the Centre for Civil Liberties in Kiev partnered with the Netherlands Helsinki Committee in organizing a conference on Freedom of Assembly and Association in the OSCE region.