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The Netherlands Helsinki Committee is a growing non-governmental organization that promotes human rights, the rule of law and justice in all countries of wider Europe, including Eastern Europe, Western Balkans, Caucasus and Central Asia as well as the European Union. Building on our track record of 35 years, we consider it to be our mission to inspire, engage and support catalysts of change in building just and rights-respecting societies.

We believe that everybody can be a catalyst of change, and we are ready to support them by strengthening their capacities and by amplifying their voices through advocacy and campaigns. Our networks reach out to civil society, governments as well as the justice chain. We are able to mobilise the right peer-to-peer expertise and build bridges to bring about the change we need.

The NHC office is located in heart of The Hague at the vibrant Nutshuis and has an international staff (about 25 people) working on three programmes: Human Rights Defence, Integrity and Accountability and Rights-Based Justice. Through our programmes we work on supporting, inspiring and engaging catalysts of change for just societies.

The staff of the NHC is responsible for the day to day design, implementation, and reporting for projects and additional administrative tasks.

The NHC is governed by a Board and a Supervisory Board. In addition, the Committee advises both the Board and Supervisory Board on the NHC mission and strategy, relating to trends in the fields of work covered by the foundation.

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