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17 April 2015 Safeguarding Human Rights in Europe

Outcry over 6,5 year sentence for Rasul Jafarov

The NHC hosted a group of law students from Leiden University

On Thursday April 9th 2015 the Netherlands Helsinki Committee hosted a group of law students from the Leiden University’s LLM programme Advanced Studies in European and International Human Rights Law.

EU: Use Brussels visit of Kyrgyzstan’s president to secure human rights commitments

EU leaders should prominently address human rights issues with Kyrgyzstan's President Almazbek Atambayev, who is in Brussels for meetings on 26-27 March, and insist that he use his powers to ensure compliance with the country's international human rights obligations.

Fair trial for Azerbaijan’s prisoners of conscience

In 2014, Azerbaijani authorities arrested, convicted or imprisoned at least 34 journalists, bloggers, human rights defenders and civil society activists.

Appeal for release of environmental campaigner Yevgeni Vitishko

The NHC joined an appeal questioning the imprisonment of environmental campaigner Yevgeni Vitishko, a member of the Russian NGO Environmental Watch North Caucasus.

Sport for Rights Campaign Kicks Off

As member of the international NGO coalition “Sport for Rights”, the NHC signed a joint statement to the president of the European Olympic Committee concerning the first European Games that are due to be held in Azerbaijan in June 2015.

Increasing Concern over Azerbaijani Human Rights Defenders

The Netherlands Helsinki Committee is concerned about the further intensification of the Azerbaijani authorities’ campaign against human rights defenders towards the end of 2014.

Minister Koenders meeting with human rights defenders ahead of OSCE Ministerial Council

On the eve of the Ministerial Council meeting of the OSCE in Basel, Netherlands Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders met with civil society human rights activists from a.o. Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and Ukraine.

Donations from NHC staff related to flooding in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Continuous, heavy rainfall in May 2014 resulted in the worst floods ever in Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia, causing several deaths and forcing tens of thousands of people to leave their home.

Focus on Azerbaijan at OSCE Human Dimension Meeting

The increasing repression of independent and opposition voices in Azerbaijan was highlighted on several occasions during the first week of the 2014 Human Dimension Implementation Meeting of the OSCE.