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Vil styrke likestilling og trosfrihet

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Vil styrke likestilling og trosfrihet

Hvordan kan kvinners rettigheter og religions- og trosfrihet styrke hverandre? Dette skal 11 kvinnelige parlamentarikere finne svaret på.

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Stans overgrepene i Tsjetsjenia

Tsjetsjenia/LGBTI:

Stans overgrepene i Tsjetsjenia

Nyheten om systematiske arrestasjoner, tortur og drap på antatt homofile menn i Tsjetsjenia kom første april, og rystet en hel verden. Den norske Helsingforskomité, Foreningen FRI og Amnesty International Norge ber i dagens VG russiske myndigheter om umiddelbart å iverksette tiltak for å stoppe overgrepene og trusler mot journalistene som har fortalt mennenes historier. I morges demonstrerte vi utenfor den russiske ambassaden og ba om full etterforskning av forholdene.

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Regjeringen må ta opp menneskerettigheter i Kina

Norge:

Regjeringen må ta opp menneskerettigheter i Kina

Det er positivt at Norge og Kina gjenoppretter normale politiske relasjoner, sier Helsingforskomiteen i et brev til statsminister Erna Solberg. Brevet er sendt i et samarbeid med Den norske advokatforeningens menneskerettighetsutvalg, Amnesty International i Norge, Norsk PEN og Den norske Tibetkomité. Men de gjenopprettede relasjonene kan ikke bygge på at Norge unnlater å ta opp de omfattende bruddene på menneskerettighetene i landet. Den moderne menneskerettighetstanken bygger på at disse rettighetene er grunnverdiene for det internasjonale samfunnet og skal beskyttes og fremmes gjennom at landene holder hverandre ansvarlige. En god dialog mellom statene er forutsetning for at dette skal fungere.

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Den vanskelige forsoningen,  6. juni 2016, kl. 08:45-13:30

Seminar:

Den vanskelige forsoningen, 6. juni 2016, kl. 08:45-13:30

Den norske Helsingforskomité inviterer til boklansering og seminar. Utgangspunktet for boken «Forsoning – skilt langs veien», er en erkjennelse av at verdens samfunn er i stadig konflikt. Samtidig foregår det også hele tiden forsoningsprosesser. Enkeltpersoner og grupper forsoner seg med sine fiender, med en ny virkelighet, med seg selv og kanskje også med egen skyld.
Sted: «Nedjma», Litteraturhuset,Wergelandsveien 29, 0167 Oslo
Tid: 6. juni 2016, kl. 08:45-13:30

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Appeal to the United Nations General Assembly

LGBTI:

Appeal to the United Nations General Assembly

Today we signed this Open Letter to the United Nations General Assembly on the Human Rights Council report, to express our concern regarding new attempts to obstruct the mandate of the UN Independent Expert to address violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Urgent action is needed - again. Did your organization sign?

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Authorities should protect Equality Festival

Authorities should protect Equality Festival

The Norwegian Helsinki Committee (NHC) urges Ukrainian authorities to support and protect the 14 May Equality Festival in Kiev. – Right wing extremists have threatened to attack the festival. We are concerned about the safety of the organizers and the participants. Police should provide effective protection, said Gunnar Ekelove-Slydal, Deputy Secretary General of the NHC. “The aim of the festival is to draw attention to the challenges and diversity of Ukraine’s most vulnerable groups, among them sexual and gender minorities. Ukrainian authorities have an obligation to protect the human rights of everyone; not the least of those who are most vulnerable.”

On 10 May 2016, the NHC sent letters to the President of Ukraine Petro Porosjenko and the mayor of Kiev Vitali Klitschko, urging that they take all necessary measures to support and safeguard the event.

– This is an opportunity for Ukrainian authorities to demonstrate their commitment to human rights and democratic values, and for the police to show that they are able and willing to protect the safety of its citizens, said Mina Skouen, Advisor on LGBTI in NHC. “It is important that Ukrainian authorities show that they fully support initiatives that contribute to an open and inclusive society.”

The festival is being organized to protest the attacks on the 19-20 March 2016 Equality Festival in Lviv , where homophobic and transphobic groups tried to prevent the event from happening. Following several weeks of threats approximately two hundred right wing extremists gathered around the hotel where the festival took place. Upon a bomb threat to the hotel, all participants had to evacuate and the festival was cancelled. Several people were beaten, and the organizers had to flee from the city.

Despite repeated inquiries, there were no proper response from the city administration and the police. On the contrary the Mayor of Lviv, Andrii Sadovyi, criticized the organizers in a Facebook post and the City Administration banned all outdoor events.

– We witnessed a situation where hate groups could freely disrupt a public event and put citizens at risk. Our colleagues were left to handle a clearly dangerous situation by themselves, says Skouen.

What happened in Lviv was not an impulsive act made by a disorganized mob. There were systematic threats over time directly aimed at venues and persons involved with the festival. Groups of right wing extremists patrolled downtown Lviv; stopping persons they suspected to be involved. They asked for the leader of the organizing organization Insight, Olena Shevchenko, by name and checked phones to search for persons with connections to her.

This was not the first attempt at preventing Insight’sEquality Festivals. When it was organized in Kiev 10-13 December 2015, assailants tried to interrupt the opening ceremony with gas grenades and religious activists attacked with stones.

The Equality Festivals, which are organized in several Ukrainian cities, are supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the NHC. Using exhibitions, concerts, films and debates, the organizers bring people together to show how fighting for equal rights should be a common struggle for a Ukraine where all people can have their own cultural expressions – regardless of their identity or group belonging. In addition to sexual and gender minorities, it engages women, ethnic minorities, people with special needs, migrants, internally displaced persons and homeless people.

In the letters, the NHC urges Ukrainian authorities to:

- Express their full support for the Equality festival;

- Take necessary measures to safeguard the festival, its organizers and the participants;

- Ensure that there will be no impunity for homophobic and transphobic acts of violence.

The letters to President Petro Porosjenko and Kiev Mayor Vitali Klitcko can be read here:

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Authorities should protect Equality Festival

Ukraina/LGBTI:

Authorities should protect Equality Festival

The Norwegian Helsinki Committee (NHC) urges Ukrainian authorities to support and protect the 14 May Equality Festival in Kiev. – Right wing extremists have threatened to attack the festival. We are concerned about the safety of the organizers and the participants. Police should provide effective protection, said Gunnar Ekelove-Slydal, Deputy Secretary General of the NHC. “The aim of the festival is to draw attention to the challenges and diversity of Ukraine’s most vulnerable groups, among them sexual and gender minorities. Ukrainian authorities have an obligation to protect the human rights of everyone; not the least of those who are most vulnerable.”

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Updated list of political prisoners in Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan:

Updated list of political prisoners in Azerbaijan

A new list of political prisoners in Azerbaijan has just been published. The list now comprises of 80 names, as compared to the 98 which were included in the list published in August last year. Although this means that there have been some very welcome releases, the Government of Azerbaijan continues its policy of imprisoning what they consider opponents. The last few weeks, prominent human rights defenders Rasul Jafarov and Intigam Aliyev were convicted to many years' prison. In 2014, Political Prisoners in Azerbaijan received the Sakharov Freedom Award from NHC.

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Ukraina: Parlamentsvalget - et skritt tilbake

Ukraina: Parlamentsvalget - et skritt tilbake

Parlamentsvalget 28. oktober forsterker dessverre inntrykket av at Ukraina er i fred med å forlate Oransjerevolusjonens løfter om mer demokrati. Fengsling av opposisjonspolitikere og og andre former for maktmisbruk er i ferd med å bli et alvorlig hinder på veien til ukrainsk integrering i Europa, sier Gunnar M. Ekeløve-Slydal, assisterende generalsekretær.

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EBRD must maintain demands that Turkmenistan and Belarus meet set benchmarks

European Development Bank:

EBRD must maintain demands that Turkmenistan and Belarus meet set benchmarks

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development must maintain demands that Turkmenistan and Belarus meet set benchmarks before any investment in the restrictive countries. The Norwegian Helsinki Committee today participated in a meeting at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London, discussing the Bank’s calibrated approach towards Belarus and Turkmenistan. The two authoritarian countries are the only cases in which the EBRD has initiated such an approach that allows for closer monitoring of the progress or regress towards set benchmarks on political and economic reform, and more rapid response to the development.

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The Second Conviction of Mikhail Khodorkovsky: Implications for Russian Legal Reform and the European Court of Human Rights

Invitation to the seminar::

The Second Conviction of Mikhail Khodorkovsky: Implications for Russian Legal Reform and the European Court of Human Rights

Associate Professor of Law Mr. Jeffrey Khan has recently submitted a report to President Medvedev’s Human Rights Council analyzing the second verdict against the imprisoned former oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

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Hvorfor [ikke] gi opphold til papirløse?

Konferanse:

Hvorfor [ikke] gi opphold til papirløse?

Litteraturhuset, Wergelandsalen, 24. oktober klokken 12.00-16.00.

Mandag 24. oktober - FN-dagen - inviterer papirløskampanjen til en halvdagskonferanse på Litteraturhuset i Oslo. Fokuset er argumentene for å gi opphold til papirløse – og argumentene for ikke å gjøre det.

Storbritannia har nettopp føyd seg til den lange listen av land som har gitt opphold til større grupper av lengeværende papirløse, mens Polen har vedtatt en bred regularisering for papirløse i 2012. Med sin harde linje overfor papirløse forblir Norge et unntaksland. Vi har invitert flere innledere til å fortelle hvorfor Norge bør finne en løsning for de papirløse – og hvorfor ikke.

Arrangementet er gratis. Ingen påmelding.

Velkommen!

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Norske myndigheter må etablere en sterk nasjonal institusjon for menneskerettigheter

Norske myndigheter må etablere en sterk nasjonal institusjon for menneskerettigheter

Amnesty International Norge og Den norske Helsingforskomité har i et felles brev bedt norske myndigheter om å etablere en sterk nasjonal institusjon for menneskerettigheter som er i samsvar med FN-standarder.

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Kronprins Haakon bør ikke reise til Aserbajdsjan nå

Aserbajdsjan:

Kronprins Haakon bør ikke reise til Aserbajdsjan nå

I et brev til H.K.H Kronprins Haakon ber Den norske Helsingforskomité om at H.K.H. Kronprinsen velger ikke å delta som planlagt ved åpningen av den årlige olje- og gassmessen International Caspian Oil & Gas Exhibition & Conference 6.-7.juni 2011 i Baku, Aserbajdsjan, da deltakelsen vil kunne gi signaler som kan misbrukes av ett av Europas siste og mest autoritære regimer. Raftostiftelsen og Human Rights House Foundation slutter seg til anmodningen til Kronprinsen.

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