The government of Azerbaijan claims it supports religious tolerance but in reality seriously restricts freedom of religion
or belief. It uses a tolerance facade and denials of reality to camouflage serious human rights violations.
The Norwegian Helsinki Committee (NHC) Freedom of Belief Initiative outlines in this report, covering the period from July
2013 to June 2014, that Turkey needs to take comprehensive steps in order to bring legislation and practice in line with international
human rights law.
The NHC has monitored developments in Armenia closely since the disputed presidential election in 2008. This fresh report
provides an analysis of trends within civic activism since the unrest that resulted in 10 deaths on 1 March 2008 until the
recent demonstrations against the Russia-led customs union. – The authorities’ reactions to civic engagement in Armenia over
the last weeks is definitely a reason for concern, says Armenia advisor in the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, Lene Wetteland.
– Though Armenia has received praise for legal reforms and some positive developments in the EU rapprochement process, these
recent actions should serve as a warning that these steps can easily be retracted, Wetteland says.
The new NHC Freedom of Belief Initiative’s report “The Right to Freedom of Religion or Belief in Turkey - Monitoring Report
January- June 2013” provides a human rights based systematic review of the right to freedom of religion or belief for all
in Turkey. The report was published in Turkish language in September 2013.
The new NHC report Kazakhstan: Cunning democracy, analyzes the current situation for democracy in the country, and summarizes
some of our current concerns with regards to freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, and freedom of religion or belief.
The report is co-written with Freedom House.
Every year, the Norwegian Helsinki Committee releases a number of reports on various issues connected to human rights violations
in the areas covered by our activity. All NHC reports can be downloaded as PDFs. Printed copies may also be ordered. To do
so, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Norwegian Helsinki Committee publishes approximately three reports each year.
A new report published by the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, 'Democracy and human rights at stake in Hungary', describes how
Viktor Orbán’s government is centralizing power, undermining the independence of courts and putting media freedom under pressure.
– Until recently, Hungary was seen as one of the most successful of the new democracies, but in a short time democratic standards
have deteriorated to a degree few thought was possible, said Secretary General Bjørn Engesland.
Tblisi,10 November 2012: Grave crimes were committed during the war between Georgia and Russia in August 2008. The NHC documented
war crimes and crimes against humanity during and after the cessation of hostilities. In the years since, the NHC has investigated
in Georgia and Russia, trying to assess whether domestic investigations are on-going and effective.
In cooperation with local activists, the Norwegian Helsinki Committee has submitted an alternative report to the Committee
on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women’s (CEDAW) 53 Session on 11 October, where Turkmenistan will be heard in
The report “A Chronicle of Violence: The events in the south of Kyrgyzstan in June 2010 (Osh Region)”, published today, gives
a detailed chronology of the events in the Osh Province in the period 29 April to 15 June 2010, as well as an analysis of
available information and statistics related to the violence in the south of Kyrgyzstan in June 2010. The 200-page report
was prepared by Memorial Human Rights Center (Russia), the Norwegian Helsinki Committee (Norway) and Freedom House (USA).
Today marks the launch of a new report by the International Partnership Group for Azerbaijan (IPGA), Running Scared: Azerbaijan’s
Silenced Voices. The report highlights the climate of fear and pervasive self-censorship in Azerbaijan, with few brave journalists,
bloggers and activists remaining. In the run-up to the Eurovision Song Contest in Baku in May, the IPGA calls on the international
community to engage the Azerbaijani authorities on these issues now. The NHC is a member of the IGPA network, and you can
download the report below.
In late January and beginning of February, the Norwegian Helsinki Committee conducted a fact-finding mission to Hungary. Due
to recent concerns on threats to democratic rule in Hungary, expressed both by Hungarian and international observers, the
NHC wanted to get a better understanding of current legal and political developments in the country. This report presents
the findings from the mission, and contains the Norwegian Helsinki Committee's recommendations to the Government of Hungary,
the European Union and to the Norwegian Government.
The report The Impunity Syndrome in the Caucasus: The Situation of the Georgian-Russian conflict of August 2008, is a follow-up
of the report Unable or Unwilling? Georgia’s faulty investigation of crimes committed during the Russo-Georgian war of August
2008, which the NHC published earlier this year. The new report investigates the current situation and the latest developments
in the conflict, and it concludes that since Russian and Georgian investigations in relation to the August 2008 war have proven
ineffective, the Prosecutor of the ICC should at the very least require proof of progress in domestic investigations within
a defined timespan. Download the report below.
Today the Norwegian Helsinki Committee (NHC) publishes a new report on Georgia with the title, Unable or Unwilling? Georgia’s
faulty investigation of crimes committed during the Russo-Georgian war of August 2008. Based on interviews with a large sample
of witnesses to and victims of alleged crimes, the NHC concludes that Georgian authorities are at least both partly unable
and partly unwilling to conduct an effective investigation into crimes falling within the jurisdiction of International Criminal
Court (ICC) allegedly committed during and after the August 2008 war.
(29/01-2010) This report tries to provide a full assessment of the grim human rights situation on the ground in Nakhchivan,
which is the most repressive and authoritarian region of Azerbaijan, where the political scene is characterised by uncertainty,
and where a sense of public apathy is likely to stem from and geographically. The report is based on field research, interviews
and a handful of published articles. For security reasons, most of the people interviewed are not named.
(09/04-2008) The purpose of this report is to help shed light on the conditions for asylum seekers in Greece, so that states
participating in the “Dublin cooperation” may have a better basis on which to determine whether, under present circumstances,
they want, or can, carry out the Dublin II Regulation with regard to Greece. Based on our investigations we strongly caution
against carrying out the Regulation until Greek authorities have made extensive reforms of the asylum system, until there are sufficient indications that legal obligations are being fulfilled in practice.
(09/10-2008) This report is based on information collected in the North Caucasus region by the following human rights organizations
active in the North Caucasus region: Amnesty International, Civic Assistance Committee, Human Rights Watch, International
Helsinki Federation for Human Rights, Memorial Human Rights Center, the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, and Stichting Russian
Justice Initiative. The aim is to provide an overview of developments in the human rights situation in ﬁ ve republics of the
North Caucasus region of the Russian Federation (Kabardino-Balkaria, North Ossetia, Ingushetia, Chechnya and Dagestan) from
March 2007 until the present.
(30/10-07) The human rights situation of the RAE communities in Kosovo is grim. For years, human rights organizations both
within and outside of Kosovo have acknowledged that the RAE communities remain the most marginalized and discriminated against
of communities in the territory. In June and July 2007 we conducted additional research on the situation of the RAE communities
in Kosovo. The results, which are contained in this report, confirmed this conclusion.
(30/06-2010) The report details freedom of religion or belief issues and presents recommendations in order to bring the countries
in line with relevant international human rights standards. The report was launched on a 30 June Side Event of the 2010 Organization
on Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Tolerance Conference, taking place in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan. The
Side Event is arranged in cooperation with the Netherlands delegation to the OSCE.
(26/11-2010) The Norwegian Helsinki Committee's new report Persona Non Grata: The CIS ban system for human rights defenders
and journalists, shows that over the past several years, six members of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) have
developed a common system reminiscent of the Schengen system in Europe, where individuals who are denied entry to one of the
six member states automatically are denied entry to the others.