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Event | The Future of Human Rights in Times of War in Europe | 35 years NHC

29 November 2022

Join us on 07 December 2022 at the Nutshuis in The Hague for an evening (17:00-20:30) of reflection and debate on the topic of “The Future of Human Rights in Times of War in Europe” with a key-note address by Executive Director of the Nobel Peace Prize winning Center for Civil Liberties in Ukraine, Oleksandra Romantsova.

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Oleksandra will be joined on stage by Dutch Human Rights Ambassador Bahia Tahzib-Lie, Małgorzata Szuleka, Secretary of the Management Board and Head of Advocacy at the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights in Poland, and engage in a panel discussion with Yvonne Donders, Professor International Human Rights at the University of Amsterdam, Commissioner at the Netherlands Human Rights Institute & member of the UN Human Rights Committee, and Julia Ivan, Senior Human Rights Policy Officer Amnesty International Netherlands working on Rule of Law and shrinking civic space in Europe. The event will be moderated by Leila Prnjavorac.

This year marks 35 years that the Netherlands Helsinki Committee (NHC) was founded as an organisation focused on critically following the implementation of the human dimension of the Helsinki Accords, both in the East and in the Netherlands.

While there have been many tumultuous events that have marked our 35 years in existence, the outbreak of full-scale war in Ukraine on 24 February 2022, in the heart of the Europe, is unprecedented. The Russian aggression is not only causing a humanitarian drama, but it is also an attack on fundamental values of the OSCE and the EU. Yet, especially in these dark times, we are deeply inspired by the brave human rights defenders of the past and the present that continue to working on positive change under the most difficult circumstances.

On 07 December, during the #HumanRightsWeek, we will create a space for further reflection on the future of human rights work in wider Europe. How is the new reality influencing the work of human rights organisations? What are the new topics on the horizon? How can we adapt and grow stronger in a time of shrinking civic space? We will discuss these questions, and more. Together we can learn from the past and build a strong human rights movement for the future.