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Today the Norwegian Helsinki Committee sent an open letter to U.S. Department of State Under Secretary Thomas Shannon, asking him to raise human rights issues during his upcoming visit to Central Asia. On October 24-29, Mr. Thomas Shannon will visit Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, and should seize the opportunity to speak out about human rights in the region, the NHC says in the letter.
Human rights defenders and former political prisoners Leyla and Arif Yunus from Azerbaijan have visited Norwegian Helsinki Committee to join the “finissage” of the exhibition at Akershus Art Centre exhibiting art depicting the situation of political prisoners in Azerbaijan. –Human rights are violated more than ever in our home country, Leyla Yunus said. –The numbers of political prisoners keep increasing, and every year around ten prisoners die from torture and ill-treatment in the brutal Azerbaijani jails.
Terrorism and Death Penalty:
Today, on 10 October 2016, the 14th World Day Against the Death Penalty, the Norwegian Helsinki Committee is joining an international campaign raising awareness about the application of the death penalty for terrorism-related offences and to reduce its use. NHC urges the abolishment of all forms of death penalty.
Helsingforskomiteen og Russisk Filmklubb på Universitetet i Oslo inviterer i høve 10-årsmarkeringa for drapet på Anna Politkovskaja
til filmpremiere og diskusjon med temaet politiske mord i Russland.
Tid: 6. oktober, 18:00-20:00
Sted: U1, Det samfunnsvitenskapelige fakultet - Universitetet i Oslo, Moltke Moes vei 31
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Letter to the Members of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Board on the Working Conditions of Civil Society
In light of the upcoming review of Azerbaijan's status in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) in October, the undersigned organisations call on the EITI Board to suspend Azerbaijan from participation in EITI, due to continuous breach of the initiative’s requirements for fostering an enabling environment for civil society. The letter is published jointly by 18 NGOs.
The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and FIDH has issued an urgent appeal in the case of the physical attack aganist election observers from a joint mission of the Norwegian Helsinki Committee (NHC), International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) and the European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE):
Within the framework of the NHC-funded three-year program “Raising Effectiveness of Protection of Citizens’ Rights in Relations with the Police”, the Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Vanadzor has issued a report and video illustrating the relations between police and citizens of Armenia in 2015.
Policy Paper 2/2015:
A new policy paper from the Norwegian Helsinki Committee presented today argues that Norway and other democratic countries should establish mechanisms to freeze the assets of persons who commit gross violations of human rights with impunity and prohibit their entry into the country – the victims of these violations being human rights defenders or whistle-blowers.