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      New report describes excessive use of force by police

      Armenia:

      New report describes excessive use of force by police

      The report, “Beaten, burnt and betrayed: Armenians awaiting accountability for police violence”, is published by International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) and the Civic Solidarity Platform. It is based on conclusions from a fact finding mission to Yerevan in July and was launched at a press conference in Yerevan today. The report is now also available in Armenian. You can download the report in English and Armenian below.

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      Reports

      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 nhc@nhc.no. The Norwegian Helsinki Committee publishes approximately three reports each year.


      Fighting for accountability and democratic change in Ukraine

      New Report and Seminar:

      Fighting for accountability and democratic change in Ukraine

      Even though the military conflict in Ukraine is not making big headlines, it is still ongoing. Soldiers and civilians continue to die and the Minsk agreement is broken constantly. With over 10 000 deaths, and close to 2 million of IDPs, and many alleged crimes unaccounted for, the issue of accountability is high on the Ukrainian and international agenda - including on the panel debate organised by the Norwegian Helsinki Committee on 9 June where also the new report "Where did the shells come from: Investigation of cross-border attacks in Eastern Ukraine" was presented for the first time.

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      New Monitoring Report on the Right to Freedom of Religion or Belief in Turkey

      Turkey:

      New Monitoring Report on the Right to Freedom of Religion or Belief in Turkey

      The Norwegian Helsinki Committee (NHC) Freedom of Belief Initiative outlines in this report, covering the period from July 2014 to June 2015, the need for Turkish legislation and practice to be brought into harmony with human rights standards on freedom of religion or belief.

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      Strengthening the role of universities in peacebuilding in the Western Balkans

      New report:

      Strengthening the role of universities in peacebuilding in the Western Balkans

      The Norwegian Helsinki Committee publishes a new report today, focusing on how universities can play a positive role in peacebuilding processes in the Western Balkans.

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      The right to public protest

      New report:

      The right to public protest

      The Norwegian Helsinki Committee today publishes a new report on the right to public protest in Kazakhstan, an essential part of the country’s obligation to ensure Freedom of Assembly and Association.

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      Freedom of religion restricted in Azerbaijan

      New report:

      Freedom of religion restricted in Azerbaijan

      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.

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      Turkey needs a principled approach to freedom of religion

      New report:

      Turkey needs a principled approach to freedom of religion

      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.

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      New NHC report urges the implementation of commitments on freedom of religion or belief

      Central Asia:

      New NHC report urges the implementation of commitments on freedom of religion or belief

      Freedom of religion or belief is under threat together with other fundamental rights in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, according to a fresh NHC and Forum 18 report launched in Russian and English today.

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      Increasing restrictions on civic activism in Armenia

      New NHC report:

      Increasing restrictions on civic activism in Armenia

      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.

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      The Right to Freedom of Religion or Belief in Turkey

      New report:

      The Right to Freedom of Religion or Belief in Turkey

      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.

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      Cunning democracy

      Kazakhstan:

      Cunning democracy

      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.

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      Dismal situation for women in Turkmenistan

      New NHC report:

      Dismal situation for women in Turkmenistan

      The report "Women: Turkmenistan’s Second-Class Citizens” gives a unique look into the everyday life of women in Turkmenistan.

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      An open question if Hungary will remain a fully-fledged democracy

      New Report:

      An open question if Hungary will remain a fully-fledged democracy

      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.

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      Waiting for Russian Justice: The ineffective Russian investigation of crimes committed during the August 2008 armed conflict between Russia and Georgia

      NHC report 3/2012:

      Waiting for Russian Justice: The ineffective Russian investigation of crimes committed during the August 2008 armed conflict between Russia and Georgia

      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.

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      Women: Turkmenistan’s second-class citizens

      Turkmenistan:

      Women: Turkmenistan’s second-class citizens

      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 Geneva.

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      A Chronicle of Violence: Report details June 2010 events in Kyrgyzstan

      New report:

      A Chronicle of Violence: Report details June 2010 events in Kyrgyzstan

      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).

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      Freedom of expression situation alarming ahead of Eurovision

      Azerbaijan:

      Freedom of expression situation alarming ahead of Eurovision

      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.

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      Democracy at stake in Hungary - The Orbán government's Constitutional revolution

      New report:

      Democracy at stake in Hungary - The Orbán government's Constitutional revolution

      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.

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      The Impunity Syndrome in the Caucasus

      New report:

      The Impunity Syndrome in the Caucasus

      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.

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      Georgia fails to properly investigate war crimes

      New report:

      Georgia fails to properly investigate war crimes

      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.

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      New report from the NHC

      Turkmenistan:

      New report from the NHC

      The report "Turkmenistan: Dashoguz Women’s Prison Colony" gives a unique look into the everyday life in the women’s prison colony in the city of Dashoguz, in the very north of Turkmenistan.

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      Azerbaijan's Dark Island: Human Rights Violations in Nakhchivan

      Azerbaijan's Dark Island: Human Rights Violations in Nakhchivan

      (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.

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      A Gamble With the Right to Asylum in Europe

      Greek asylum policy and the Dublin II Regulation:

      A Gamble With the Right to Asylum in Europe

      (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.

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      A Regional System of Torture, Forced Confessions and Fabricated Trials

      Anti-Terrorism Measures and Human Rights in North Caucasus:

      A Regional System of Torture, Forced Confessions and Fabricated Trials

      (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.

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      Second-class minorities: The continued marginalization of RAE

      (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.

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      Broken Promises: Freedom of religion or belief issues in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan

      Broken Promises: Freedom of religion or belief issues in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan

      (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.

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      Persona Non Grata

      Persona Non Grata

      (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.

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