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21 March 2016

Joint statement: 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.

Prison and probation staff at a common Risk Assessment Training

Evaluation of risk must be the foundation of all types of reintegration activities. This was the basic idea at the Risk Assessment training held in Montenegro where probation and prison staff worked together on the use of a common tool kit.

Judges and probation officers share experiences on implementing community service sentences

Judges from first instance courts and probation officers came together in a fruitful workshop on February 15, marking the first activity of the year centered on supporting the probation service and the system of alternative sanctions in Montenegro.

DCI European Conference: Children’s Rights Behind Bars

The Netherlands Helsinki Committee was present at the successful European Conference on Human Rights of Children Deprived of Liberty organized by the NGO Defence for Children-Belgium.

Announcement: Lunch event with Legal Director of Human Rights Centre Memorial

On Thursday 28 January, the NHC will host a lunch event with Kirill Koroteev, the Legal Director of Human Rights Centre Memorial in Moscow.

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.

Report: Russian “Black Money” in the EU

The Expert Group on Fighting Transborder Corruption of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum issued a new report with two new case studies on investments of Russian companies in the European Union: the Nord Stream project and the Transmashholding company.

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.