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11 October 2012 Strengthening Civil Society

EU-Russia Civil Society Forum

OSCE ODIHR Human Dimension Implementation Meeting – Central Asia

The NHC together with its project partners participated in the HDIM 2012. A side event was organized and moderated by the NHC, our project partners, incl. Mr. Yevgeniy Zhovtis, have spoken on the latest developments on freedom of expression, religion and association and assembly in Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan.

OSCE ODIHR Human Dimension Implementation Meeting

As in previous years the Netherlands Helsinki Committee will participate in the OSCE ODIHR Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) to be held in Warsaw, 24 September - 5 October 2012. The NHC will be active threefold.

Statement on the verdict against pussy riot

The Civic Solidarity Platform, of which the NHC is a member, has issued a statement on the verdict against the Russian music band Pussy Riot.

Concern over detention of board member of Bridging the Gulf

The Netherlands Helsinki Committee is extremely concerned at the detention on 17 July of Dr Mohammed al Roken, a lawyer and human rights defender from the United Arab Emirates.

NHC supports statement by the Civic Solidarity Platform on the amendments to the Russian NGO Law

The Civic Solidarity Platform, of which the NHC is a member, has issued a statement on the recently approved amendments to the draft NGO Law in Russia.

NHC partner ASTRA launches new media campaign on labour exploitation

The NHC’s partner in Serbia, ASTRA, presented its new media campaign “Human Trafficking. Labour exploitation. Serious and Organised Crime” at a press conference in Belgrade on June 19th.

NHC joins Human Rights appeal to EU on Central Asia policy

Civil society organisations from Central Asia and Europe have issued an appeal, containing a number of suggestions to improve the effectiveness and impact of EU action to promote human rights in Central Asia.

NHC contributes to improved child protection in Kyrgyzstan

A NHC-implemented project on children’s and women’s access to social and economic in Central Asia has significantly contributed to Parliament of Kyrgyzstan approving the code on Children on May 31 this year.

Third Expert Meeting for lawyers “Health and Psychological Consequences of Human Trafficking”

A third expert meeting for lawyers titled “Health and Psychological Consequences of Human Trafficking” was held at Zira Hotel, Belgrade, on May 18, 2012.