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23 March 2016 Safeguarding Human Rights in Europe

NHC and Minister of Justice of Ukraine Discuss Access to Crimea for Human Rights Defenders and Rule of Law Needs

Joint statement: Relief over the release of 15 political prisoners in Azerbaijan

The undersigned members of the Sport for Rights coalition express our relief over the release of 15 political prisoners in Azerbaijan.

OSCE should live up to commitments on refugees and migrants

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.

NGOs call for the inclusion of Human Rights in the new EU Global Strategy

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.

Concerns over the rule of law in Poland

The Netherlands Helsinki Committee joined an appeal by the Civic Solidarity Platform NGO, expressing concern about amendments in the Polish media and judiciary legislation.

New publication: Practical Guide on the Committee on Enforced Disappearances

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.

NHC to take part in Human Dimension Implementation Meeting

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.

NHC calls on the IOC to promote implementation of international human rights standards by Kazakhstan

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.

Kyrgyz Parliament: Reject “Foreign Agents” Bill in Plenary

The following statement is issued by the Civic Solidarity Platform (CSP) - a network of human rights NGOs in Europe, North America and the former Soviet Union - to the members of Kyrgyzstan's parliament to reject the "foreign agents" bill that is under consideration in Parliament at this moment.

United Nations assesses economic, social and cultural rights in Kyrgyzstan

On 1st until 2nd of June, the current state of economic, social and cultural rights in Kyrgyzstan was discussed by the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.