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16 May 2020 Strengthening Civil Society

IN MEMORIAM: NHC Expert Advisor and Volunteer Adri Kemps

NHC Condemns Exclusionary Statements on LGBTI+ Community in Turkey

In response to the exclusionary speech by the President of Religious Affairs in Turkey, the NHC condemns the hate speech against the LGBTI+ community and people with HIV in Turkey.

“With or Without (E)U”: Civil Society Calls on EU and Western Balkan Leaders to Take Concrete Steps for European Integration

During the 2020 Western Balkans Summit civil socitey provided their input regarding what needs to be done ob both sides to further European integration of the region.

Defending Human Rights in Turkey: Bülent Şık

From ministry-employed researcher to whistle-blower, scientist Bülent Şık talks about his work on spreading information relating to public health.

Human Rights Defender Rasul Jafarov Acquitted of All Charges by Azerbaijan Supreme Court

Originally convicted in 2016 in relation to his work, human rights defender Rasul Jafarov was acquitted today. Find a timeline of NHC's coverage here.

NHC Contributes to the Annual EU-Azerbaijan Human Rights Dialogue, March 2020

The NHC and HRC - Azerbaijan contributes to EU-Azerbaijan Human Rights Dialogue in March 2020. The joint recommendations covered political prisoners and freedom of association.

Joint Statement: Democratic Principles in a Time of Crisis

Democracy support organisations around Europe, as part of the EPD network, issue a joint statement on democratic principles in a time of crisis.

European NGOs Call for Urgent Attention for Prisons in Covid-19 Crisis

The NHC has joined other European NGOs in calling for sufficient response from the Council of Europe to address the issue of COVID-19 in prisons across Europe.

Defending Human Rights in Turkey: Evgil Türker

Human rights defender and journalist Evgil Türker shares his story on defending minority rights in Turkey, in this instalment of our series on 'Defending Human Rights in Turkey'

Civil Society and Police Cooperating for Positive Change in Society – Experiences from Albania

Pro LGBT's Sidita Zaja discusses how the cooperation between civil society and police has changed through the project 'Countering discrimination and protecting LGBTI rights in Albania'.