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22 June 2016 Safeguarding Human Rights in Europe

Grave concern about the arrest of three Turkish human rights defenders and journalists.

Interview with Andrej Yurov in Trouw

The Russian human rights defender Andrej Yurov visited the Netherlands in June 2016. The Dutch newspaper Trouw interviewed him. Read the article here.

Azerbaijan: Free Prisoners Before Baku Grand Prix Race

The Formula One Group leadership should urge the Azerbaijani government to release unjustly imprisoned activists and journalists ahead of the European Grand Prix in Azerbaijan, said the Sport for Rights coalition today.

Azerbaijan: Independent Media Under Unprecedented Attack

On World Press Freedom Day 2016 we call the Azerbaijani authorities to take immediate and concrete steps to cease the persecution of the independent media, starting with the unconditional release of Khadija Ismayilova and Azerbaijan's other political prisoners.

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

On March 21, the NHC welcomed a high-level Ukrainian delegation, led by the Minister of Justice Mr. Pavlo Petrenko. The meeting was organized to discuss ways of boosting Dutch-Ukrainian cooperation in human rights protection and strengthening the rule of law in Ukraine.

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.