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      • To Draw is to See - A seminar about art and activism

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        To Draw is to See - A seminar about art and activism

        - The Azeri government have done their best to silence bloggers, journalists and human rights defenders. But they have been unsuccesful. Several of the former political activists, like Khadija Ismayilova, Anar Mammadli and Intigam Aliyev are now released from prison, and continue to work for a democratic Aserbaijan. This gives me hope that we can change the situation in the country, said human rights defender Rasul Jafarov at the seminar "To Draw is to See" at the house of Literature monday 19. September. The seminar was a joint event between the Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHIO), Akershus Art Centre, and Norwegian Helsinki Committee (NHC), and was organised in conjunction with the exhibition "The Big Draw - Drawing for Freedom" which is displayed at Akershus Art Centre in the period 17. September- 16th of October.

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      • Opening of The Big Draw - To Draw is to See at Akershus Art Centre

        Drawing for Freedom:

        Opening of The Big Draw - To Draw is to See at Akershus Art Centre

        The exhibition "The Big Draw – To draw is to See" at Akershus Art Centre finally opened last Saturday, with great success! Magnificent art work from the students of the Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHIO) reflecting the problem of political prisoners in Azerbaijan in the Drawing for Freedom project, alongside works of the well known and highly respected artist Filip Markiewicz are now on display at Akershus Art Centre. The exhibition lasts until 16.10.

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      • US President Obama should pardon Edward Snowden

        International campaign:

        US President Obama should pardon Edward Snowden

        The Norwegian Helsinki Committee supports a campaign calling US President Barack Obama to pardon Edward Snowden. He is a US whistleblower now living in Moscow because of fear of unfair prosecution in the US for revealing in June 2013 illegal surveillance programs by the US government and its allies.

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      • Authorities should protect Equality Festival

        Ukraine/LGBTI:

        Authorities should protect Equality Festival

        The Norwegian Helsinki Committee (NHC) asks that Zaporozhie Regional and City- Authorities protect the Equality Festival scheduled for 24 September. The organizers have been met with homophobic and transphobic threats from right wing extremists as well as protests from the City authorities, and the Jewish Community Center "Max Grant" that should have been the festival venue cancelled their contract due to fear of repercussions.

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      • Free Caucasian Knot journalist Zhalaudi Geriev!

        Russian Federation:

        Free Caucasian Knot journalist Zhalaudi Geriev!

        In a statement published today, the Norwegian Helsinki Committee (NHC) and the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, condemn the recent sentencing of Mr. Zhalaudi Geriev, a journalist of the Russian independent news portal Caucasian Knot on September 5, 2016 and demand his unconditional release. We are deeply concerned about a string of attacks against the freedom of expression in the region, which for years has been marred by violence and threaths agains journalists.

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      • Enforced Disappearances in Turkmen Prisons Must Be Stopped

        International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances:

        Enforced Disappearances in Turkmen Prisons Must Be Stopped

        On this International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, the Prove They Are Alive! campaign reaffirms its solidarity with all victims of disappearances in Turkmenistan’s prisons and their families, urges the Turkmen authorities to immediately end this gross violation of human rights, and calls on the international community to make the ending of enforced disappearances in Turkmenistan’s prisons a key condition for development of cooperation with the Turkmen government and firmly demand that Turkmenistan implement international legal norms and its obligations in the framework of these organisations.

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