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08 December 2020

Lessons from a pandemic: how we continued our work in 2020

Minister Blok Discusses Human Rights and Corruption with Human Rights Defenders

The Netherlands Minister of Foreign Affairs, Stef Blok, held a discussion with human rights defenders on corruption and its impact on human rights.

Joint statement: the only just outcome is the acquittal of the METU Pride human rights defenders

Read our full statement in support of the 19 students on trial for participating in a peaceful Pride march on the campus of Ankara’s METU University in May 2019.

Turkey: NHC concerned about Court upholding “Istanbul 10” decision

The NHC is deeply concerned by the chilling message the upholding of the Istanbul 10 decision sends to HRDs in Turkey, and to the human rights community in Turkey as a whole.

EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy Adopted

The NHC welcomes the adoption of the EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy for 2020-2024.

Call for Effective Investigation into Tahir Elçi’s Death

The Netherlands Helsinki Committee is concerned that the investigation into the death of human rights defender Tahir Elçi fails to respect fair trial rights.

Turkey: Stop judicial harassment of Civil Society in Southeast Turkey

Joint call on the authorities in Turkey to immediately release human rights defenders and other civil society representatives and drop all charges against them.

High Level Launch EU Gender Action Plan III (GAP III)

On 25 November 2020, the new Gender Action Plan (GAP) was launched. The GAP III plans that by 2025, 85% of all external actions contribute to gender equality and women’s empowerment.

COVID-19 and Its Impact on LGBTI+ Communities

As part of the Night of Dictatorship, in collaboration with Justice & Peace the Netherlands, we organized an online discussion on the impact of COVID-19 on LGBTI+ communities.

Joint Statement: European Peace Facility: Causing harm or bringing peace?

The NHC, together with 39 other CSOs, calls on EU Member States to reconsider adopting the European Peace Facility (EPF) funding in its current form.