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The Norwegian Helsinki Committee expresses condolences

The Norwegian Helsinki Committee expresses condolences

- We wish to express our deepest condolences with all those who have been affected by the tragic and despicable actions at Utøya and in Oslo, Secretary General Bjørn Engesland says. The attacks targeted the best we have: our youth, our openness, our democracy.

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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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Clashes should be independently investigated; underlying conflicts solved peacefully

Kazakhstan:

Clashes should be independently investigated; underlying conflicts solved peacefully

At least 14 people have been killed and 86 people wounded in clashes between police and demonstrators in the Mangistau region in Western Kazakhstan. The unrest follows seven months of conflicts between striking oil workers and authorities, and reportedly started in Zhanozen on 16 December, when people attacked a stage set up for the Independence Day event. – It is of paramount importance that investigations into the clashes and the resulting deaths are conducted in an independent and transparent way, said Bjørn Engesland, Secretary General. – Efforts to find peaceful solutions to this conflict should be initiated, and these efforts should be guided by fundamental human rights principles such as freedom of association and speech.

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Til minne om Vaclav Havel

Tsjekkia:

Til minne om Vaclav Havel

Demokrati- og menneskerettighetsforkjemperen Vaclav Havel døde søndag. – Med Vaclav Havels bortgang har Europa mistet en av sine virkelig store demokratiske ledestjerner, en forkjemper for humanisme, menneskerettigheter og demokrati i Europa, sier Bjørn Engesland, generalsekretær i Den norske Helsingforskomité.

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One Year After, the Crackdown Continues in Belarus

Belarus:

One Year After, the Crackdown Continues in Belarus

On 19 December last year we witnessed thousands of peaceful citizens gathering in central Minsk, protesting the oppression and the stolen presidential elections. That night all hope of progress was shattered as we saw police forces batter the protesters and arresting them by the hundreds. Presidential candidates, opposition leaders, civil society leaders and unorganized citizens were all herded into vans and brought to prison. Thousands fled, running away from soldiers and police beating indiscriminately. Belarusian citizens keep running still a year later.

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We want to abide by the law; just give us a chance to understand how!

Kazakhstan:

We want to abide by the law; just give us a chance to understand how!

The Norwegian Helsinki Committee (NHC) is concerned with recently adopted legislation on religious organizations; coming into force on 25 October 2011. – The legislation is very restrictive, violating international human rights on numerous points. Prohibiting unregistered religious activities and establishing censorship of religious literature is clearly in breach of human rights provisions on freedom of religion or belief. In addition, so far authorities have failed to present instructions on how to abide by the law, says Gunnar M. Ekeløve-Slydal, Deputy Secretary General in the Norwegian Helsinki Committee.

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Regional meeting on the role of universities in peacebuilding held in Sarajevo

Bosnia & Herzegovina and Serbia:

Regional meeting on the role of universities in peacebuilding held in Sarajevo

The Norwegian Helsinki Committee held a regional meeting in Sarajevo about the program Build Bridges not Walls that has been initiated at the universities in Bosnia & Herzegovina and Serbia.
The aim of the meeting was to discuss the role of the universities in peacebuilding with all interested parties in the program, including university professors, student union representatives and NGOs.

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Norge og EU-land må kritisere valgjuks og arrestasjoner av demonstranter i Russland

Dumavalg:

Norge og EU-land må kritisere valgjuks og arrestasjoner av demonstranter i Russland

- Russiske myndigheter må akseptere fredelige demonstrasjoner mot måten Duma-valget ble gjennomført på, sier Bjørn Engesland, generalsekretær i Den norske Helsingforskomité. - Norge og EU-land må ta avstand fra arrestasjonene og oppfordre russiske myndigheter til å etterforske brudd på valglovgivningen og respektere ytrings- og forsamlingsfriheten, fortsetter Engesland.

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Amid credible reports of election fraud, Russian election results do not fully reflect the will of the people.

State Duma elections:

Amid credible reports of election fraud, Russian election results do not fully reflect the will of the people.

The tendency in the result of the voting yesterday nevertheless shows that the Russian population is getting wary of the tightfisted rule of the Medvedev/Putin tandem, says Secretary General of the Norwegian Helsinki Committee Bjørn Engesland. -Independent national observers all over the country have registered countless violations in the election legislation, including pressure against voters to vote for the ruling party United Russia.

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Respected election monitoring Association Golos brought to court

Russia:

Respected election monitoring Association Golos brought to court

Russian authorities undermining trust in elections by impeding monitoring. In the run-up to Russian Duma elections taking place on Sunday 4 December, the country’s most experienced election monitoring group is being under scrutiny by prosecutors and pro-government media. –The Norwegian Helsinki Committee is concerned that these are deliberate attempts at hindering Golos important work, says Bjørn Engesland, Secretary-General. “By limiting monitoring of the elections, authorities are also undermining trust in elections being conducted in compliance with international standards of freeness and fairness.”

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Unfair pre-election process in Russia

Statement:

Unfair pre-election process in Russia

The elections process ahead of the 4 December Duma elections in the Russian Federation has not been fair”, said Bjørn Engesland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Helsinki Committee. “We have serious concerns on obstacles related to nomination of delegates and registration of parties, as well as lack of equal opportunities to campaign.”

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Albania - Domestic and International Challenges

Seminar:

Albania - Domestic and International Challenges

Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) and the Norwegian Helsinki Committee have the great pleasure of inviting you to a seminar on Albania - Domestic and International Challenges.

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Justice for Rafiq Tagi

Azerbaijan:

Justice for Rafiq Tagi

Prominent Azerbaijani journalist and writer, Rafiq Tagi, died in Baku on 23 November from the injuries he sustained during a brutal knife attack four days earlier. Rafiq’s death on 23 November – the world’s first International Day to End Impunity– is a chilling reminder of the dangers faced by journalists in Azerbaijan. As the Azerbaijan freedom of expression community mourns the loss of Rafiq, the International Partnership Group for Azerbaijan (IPGA) calls for an end to the cycle of impunity in the country and for an independent, impartial investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death.

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Ales Bialiatski dømt til fire og et halvt års fengsel

Hviterussland:

Ales Bialiatski dømt til fire og et halvt års fengsel

Ales Bialiatski, leder av den kjente menneskerettighetsorganisasjonen Viasna i Hviterussland ble kl 09:45 norsk tid dømt til fire og et halvt års fengsel for skatteunndragelse samt til inndragning av eiendom. Denne dommen er en skam for Europa, og vi må stå samlet i vår fordømmelse av regimet i Hviterussland, sier Helsingforskomiteens generalsekretær Bjørn Engesland. - Europeiske ledere, inkludert den norske regjeringen, må kreve umiddelbar løslatelse av Bialiatski.

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Det flerkulturelle samfunn er en styrke

Konferanse:

Det flerkulturelle samfunn er en styrke

- Den Europeiske virkeligheten er en flerkulturell virkelighet. Det må alle i Europa forstå og akseptere. Europa er avhengige av 40-50 millioner flere innvandrere for å opprettholde vår levestandard. Denne realiteten står i skarp kontrast til en virkelighetsoppfatning som er i ferd med å spre seg særlig blant høyreradikale i Europa, nemlig den at vi står overfor en trussel fra masseinnvandring. Denne myten må avlives og arbeidet med å få alle til å forstå at vi lever i en flerkulturell virkelighet i Europa må forsterkes, sa Generalsekretær i Europarådet Thorbjørn Jagland på konferansen Å leve sammen i ulikhet som Den norske Helsingforskomité arrangerte sammen med NOAS og Amnesty på Litteraturhuset mandag. På konferansen var norske og internasjonale eksperter invitert for å diskutere hvordan vi skal leve sammen i det flerkulturelle samfunn i det 21. århundre.

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Government should reconsider restrictive policies in preventing violent extremism

Kazakhstan:

Government should reconsider restrictive policies in preventing violent extremism

Having experienced economic growth, while granting limited freedoms to its population since independence in 1991, Kazakhstan has recently been shocked by terrorist acts. In Atyrau, Western Kazakhstan, on 31 October four young men placed bombs close to security service instalments. One of the four, a local resident, died when one of the bombs went off prematurely. In a further serious development, on Saturday 12 November, a young man killed five law enforcement officers, two bystanders and himself in a shooting spree in Taraz, Southern Kazakhstan.

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NHC inputs to the Preparatory meeting EU-Azerbaijan Human Rights Subcommittee

Azerbaijan - EU:

NHC inputs to the Preparatory meeting EU-Azerbaijan Human Rights Subcommittee

In connection with today’s meeting in preparation of the upcoming meeting of the EU-Azerbaijan Subcommittee on Justice, Liberty, Security and Human Rights and Democracy (Brussels, 24-25 November 2011) the Norwegian Helsinki Committee participates while presenting a paper outlining some the main challenges of human rights in Azerbaijan. We have in particular emphasized the deficiencies in the rule of law and the sharp increase in the number of political prisoners in the country. We also present a list of political prisoners and bring up the lawless situation in the Autonomous republic of Nakhchivan.

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Faktasøkende reise til Kosovo

Kosovo:

Faktasøkende reise til Kosovo

En delegasjon av Helsingforskomiteer fra Norge, Albania og Serbia er denne uken i Kosovo for å undersøke forholdene for minoriteter og deres rettsvern i Kosovo. Situasjonen er politisk sett mer tilspisset enn på lenge på grunn av konflikt om kontroll over grensestasjoner i det nordlige Kosovo hvor flere personer er drept og veisperringer er satt opp. Delegasjonen skal blant annet se på hvordan dette påvirker minoritetens stilling og trygghet og å påvirke ansvarlige myndigheter. Programmet omfatter besøk til serbiske enklaver og bosetninger for Romabefolkningen i tillegg til politiske møter med en rekke parlamentarikere, innenriksministeren, utenriksdepartementet, sentrale diplomater og internasjonale organisasjoner.

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FNs menneskerettighetskomité kritisk til Norge

FNs menneskerettighetskomité kritisk til Norge

FNs Menneskerettighetskomité har nettopp gått gjennom Norges oppfyllelse av de sivile og politiske menneskerettighetene. På en rekke punkter kommer komiteen med kritikk av Norge, og utrykker bekymring over at Norge ikke gjør mer for å ivareta sine forpliktelser. Den norske Helsingforskomité, Advokatforeningens menneskerettighetsutvalg og Juss-Buss fulgte høringen og kom med mange innspill til komiteen underveis i prosessen.

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Stenger grensene før rettssak mot menneskerettighetsforsvarer

Hviterussland:

Stenger grensene før rettssak mot menneskerettighetsforsvarer

Flere menneskerettighetsorganisasjoner, deriblant Den norske Helsingforskomité og vår svenske søsterorganisasjon Civil Rights Defenders, har blitt nektet visum for å kunne være på plass under rettssaken mot Ales Bialiatski, leder for organisasjonen Viasna. Dette er enda et bevis på at rettssaken mot Bialiatski er politisk motivert.

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Presidential elections in Kyrgyzstan passed without serious violations, but Southern candidates express discontent

Kyrgyzstan:

Presidential elections in Kyrgyzstan passed without serious violations, but Southern candidates express discontent

In Kyrgyzstan, the previous Prime Minister Almazbek Atambayev has received approximately 63% of the votes in Presidential Elections that were found mostly free and fair by the observers. Violations in the electoral process were mainly related to the voter’s lists, where a significant number of the voters could not find their name and thus could not vote.

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Need to challenge Milorad Dodik, President of republika Srpska

Need to challenge Milorad Dodik, President of republika Srpska

Norwegian Helsinki Committee has written a letter concerning a forthcoming lecture by Milorad Dodik, President of Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Colombia University. The letter points to Colombia University's responsibilities to challenge Mr Dodik on his denials of genocide in Srebrenica as well as his obstructions of war crimes prosecutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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NRK brøt god presseskikk

NHCs klage fikk medhold:

NRK brøt god presseskikk

Pressens faglige utvalg ga på gårsdagens møte Den norske Helsingforskomité medhold i sin klage på dokumentaren "Byen som kunne ofres", som ble vist på NRK i april i år.

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Joint letter regarding the new legislative amendments imposing new restrictions on civil society groups in Belarus

Belarus:

Joint letter regarding the new legislative amendments imposing new restrictions on civil society groups in Belarus

Norwegian Helsinki Committee is among nine international human rights NGOs signing a protest letter addressed to Belarusian authorities today protesting further tightening the conditions for civil society activity in Belarus. We believe that the new amendments constitute a grave threat to civil society in Belarus.

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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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Behov for regularisering av oppholdet til papirløse

Behov for regularisering av oppholdet til papirløse

(18/10-2010) En rekke organisasjoner lanserte 31. august en bred kampanje for å sette fokus på såkalte papirløses livssituasjon i en aksjon kalt "Ingen mennesker er ulovlige".

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Husk minoriteters rettigheter og oppgjør med krigsforbrytere

Serbia innvilget kandidatstatus til EU:

Husk minoriteters rettigheter og oppgjør med krigsforbrytere

I dag ble Serbia tilkjent kandidatstatus til EU, og forhandlingene om medlemskap vil kunne begynne i desember hvis Serbia gjenopptar dialogen med Pristina for å løse situasjonen i Kosovo.

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NHC protests the ban on Belgrade pride 2011

Serbia:

NHC protests the ban on Belgrade pride 2011

The Norwegian Helsinki Committee is concerned about the Serbian National Security Council’s decision to ban all public gatherings on 2 October 2011. The decision, as intended, effectively led to a ban on Belgrade Pride 2011. We are concerned regarding the development in this case specifically, and the situation for LGBTI people in Serbia generally. In a letter sent to the President of Serbia Boris Tadić today, we condemn the ban and call for concrete measures to ensure that Belgrade Pride can take place in 2012. The NHC has also encouraged the Norwegian Embassy to Serbia and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to make it clear to Serbian authorities that such a ban is not acceptable. Read the letter below.

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NHC gratulerer Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee og Tawakkul Karman med Nobels fredspris 2011

NHC gratulerer Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee og Tawakkul Karman med Nobels fredspris 2011

Tildelingen av Nobels fredspris til demokrati- og kvinnerettighetsforkjemperne Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee og Tawakkul Karman fremhever kvinners viktige bidrag til løsning av konflikt.

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President should return restrictive laws on religion to Parliament

Kazakhstan:

President should return restrictive laws on religion to Parliament

Two new laws restricting freedom of religion or belief has passed through the Maijilis (lower house) and the Senate of the Parliament at great speed (21 and 29 September, respectively), without including consultation with civil society or other relevant stake holders. – The Norwegian Helsinki Committee (NHC) is concerned with the rapid passage as well as the restrictive nature of the new laws, says Bjørn Engesland, Secretary General of the NHC. – The way to prevent violent religious extremism is not to restrict freedom of religion. There are plenty of examples showing that undue restrictions are counterproductive in this regard.

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Five years after Anna Politkovskaya’s death: The legacy of Anna

Seminar:

Five years after Anna Politkovskaya’s death: The legacy of Anna

On 7 October 2006, the courageous Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya was shot and killed at the entrance of her apartment in Moscow. Since then, neither the murderers nor any possible assassin's paymaster have been convicted. Anna Politkovskaya was not only a journalist; she fought for the victims of the conflict in North-Caucasus by making their stories known to the public.

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Three more political prisoners in Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan:

Three more political prisoners in Azerbaijan

On 2 October a Baku court convicted Arif Hajili, Chairman of the Musavat Party, Tural Abbasli, head of Musavats youth wing and Mahammad Majidli of the Popular Front Party to two and a half years in prison. They were convicted for “promoting social unrest” in connection with the 2 April pro-democracy protests. Their convictions adds to an already long list of political convictions in Azerbaijan in 2011, and comes just days after the Norwegian Helsinki Committee called for the release of Azerbaijani political prisoners at the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation meeting in Warsaw, Poland.

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Belgrade Pride 2011 banned

Serbia:

Belgrade Pride 2011 banned

The Norwegian Helsinki Committee regrets the decision of the National Security Council of the Serbian Parliament to ban Belgrade Pride 2011. The statement made by the Serbian president Boris Tadić that “This way the citizens and members of the LGBT* population are protected” is a clear indicator that the rights of sexual and gendered minorities are still not being taken seriously by Serbian authorities.

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NHC participating at HDIM in Warszaw

OSCE:

NHC participating at HDIM in Warszaw

The Norwegian Helsinki Committee is actively and well represented at this years' OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting in Warsaw. In our interventions at the meeting we will focus on freedom of religion in Central Asia, rule of law in Azerbaijan, Belarus and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and freedom of expression in Macedonia, Bosnia and Serbia. We are organising a side-event on lack of justice after major human rights violations in Russia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. Additionally we organise a side-event on strikers' rights in Kazakhstan and we are also co-organising a side-event with particular focus on Ales Bialiatski and the release of political prisoners in Belarus. Below you will find links to the HDIM webpage, all documents from our side-events and interventions and other relevant links.

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Happy birthday Ales!

Belarus:

Happy birthday Ales!

Imprisoned Belarusian human rights defender Ales Bialiatski turned 49 yesterday. Ales was forced to celebrate his birthday behind bars, despite calls from UN, from EU and all over the world for his release.

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Til minne om Leif Hovelsen

Til minne om Leif Hovelsen

Helsingforskomiteen har med sorg mottatt melding om at medlem av Helsingforskomiteens råd, Leif Hovelsen døde natt til søndag 18. september.

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Appeal case of trade union lawyer should lead to immediate release

Kazakhstan:

Appeal case of trade union lawyer should lead to immediate release

The appeal case of Natalya Sokolova, legal representative of a trade union formed by employees of the Karazhanbasmunbay oil company in the Aktau region of Kazakhstan, is proceeding these days in Aktau, Western Kazakhstan. - The appeal hearing should lead to immediate release of Mrs Sokolova, says Secretary General Bjørn Engesland.

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European Parliament adopts resolution on the arrest of Bialiatski

Belarus:

European Parliament adopts resolution on the arrest of Bialiatski

The European Parliament adopted on 14 September a resolution on the arrest of the Belarusian human rights defender Ales Bialiatski. The Parliament demand the immediate and unconditional release of Bialiatski as well as all other political prisoners in Belarus.

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NHC met partners and took part in training

Russia:

NHC met partners and took part in training

Norwegian Helsinki Committee Deputy Secretary General, Gunnar M. Ekeløve-Slydal and Advisor, Inna Sangadzhiyeva visited Russia from September 5 to September 9, 2011.

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Brev til FNs Menneskerettighetskomité

Menneskerettigheter i Norge:

Brev til FNs Menneskerettighetskomité

FNs Menneskerettighetskomité skal ta opp Norge 24. og 25. oktober og vil deretter komme med anbefalinger til hvordan forpliktelsene etter FNs konvensjon om sivile og politiske rettigheter bedre kan oppfylles. Helsingforskomiteen har sammen med andre norske frivillige organisasjoner skrevet brev til komiteen. Brevet omhandler blant annet Dublin-returer, rettshjelp, barnets beste i utlendingsforvaltningen, behandlingen av asylsøkerbarn og systemet for bistand til torturofre. Brevet er en oppfølging av en større rapport som organisasjonene sendte til FN-komiteen tidligere i år.

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NHC addressing Belarus in EU and UN organs

Release political prisoners in Belarus!:

NHC addressing Belarus in EU and UN organs

The first week of September, Norwegian Helsinki Committee in cooperation with the International Partnership for Human Rights, Brussels, addressed the members of the European Parliament about the the human rights crisis in Belarus. We did this in view of a September 13 discussion of an urgent resolution concerning the arrest and imprisonment of the prominent Belarusian human rights defender Ales Bialiatski. In addition, NHC has together with several international human rights organisations written a letter to the national delegations participating in the Interactive Dialogue with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the situation of human rights in Belarus.

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En nødvendig domstol

ICC:

En nødvendig domstol

Kritikk av Den internasjonale straffedomstolen har blitt en egenartet rituell øvelse.

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Local elections in Albania did not meet international standards

Albania:

Local elections in Albania did not meet international standards

- The Norwegian Helsinki Committee deeply regrets that Albania has taken a step backwards at a time when fair elections that could enjoy the confidence of all Albanians were needed”, said Ole B Lilleås, advisor with the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, who observed the 8 May 2011 local elections in cooperation with the Albanian Helsinki Committee for Human Rights. The AHC recently concluded that the elections did not meet international standards in a thorough report based on extensive observation throughout the country.

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Human Rights Committee outlines freedoms of expression and opinion

UN:

Human Rights Committee outlines freedoms of expression and opinion

In an important new General Comment, the UN Human Rights Committee (HRC) has provided an up to date and authoritative interpretation of the freedoms of opinion and expression guaranteed by Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

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Trade union lawyer should be released immediately

Kazakhstan:

Trade union lawyer should be released immediately

Natalya Sokolova, legal representative of a trade union formed by employees of the Karazhanbasmunbay oil company in the Aktau region of Kazakhstan, has been sentenced to six years of imprisonment. - The verdict should be revoked, says Secretary General Bjørn Engesland.

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Human rights defender's office demolished in Baku

Azerbaijan:

Human rights defender's office demolished in Baku

The office of the NGO Institute for Peace and Democracy led by prominent human rights defender Leyla Yunus was demolished totally within an hour starting around 8:30 p.m. local time last night. The building was privately owned by Leyla Yunus and her husband, the historian Arif Yunus. Bulldozers arrived without warning and within little more than an hour nothing was left of the building that for years served as the premises for important human rights activity in Azerbaijan, including a crisis center for women and fight against the extensive violation of property rights.

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Media freedom under attack in Macedonia

Macedonia:

Media freedom under attack in Macedonia

A closed down TV station, three closed downed independent newspapers, as well as prospects of more restrictive legislation, cause worry of the situation of media freedom in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. “Regardless of whether the tax evasion cases raised against the media outlets and their owner are well-founded, Macedonian authorities should avoid silencing independent media critical of the government”, said Norwegian Helsinki Committee Advisor Ole B. Lilleås. “The amounts demanded and the conditions of payments seem to be designed to silence critical media.”

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Ales Bialiatski - the head of Human Rights Centre Viasna arrested

Ales Bialiatski - the head of Human Rights Centre Viasna arrested

Yesterday, August 4, Ales Bialiatski, the head of Human Rights Centre (HRC) Viasna and the Vice- President of International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) was arbitrary detained in Minsk. The Norwegian Helsinki Committee is deeply concerned with Ales Bialiatski's detention, and Secretary General Bjørn Engesland says "We will demand the immediate release of our colleague and good partner Ales Bialiatski by using all appropriate means we have."

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NHC disappointed with second rejection of early release for Zhovtis

NHC disappointed with second rejection of early release for Zhovtis

The Norwegian Helsinki Committee is very disappointed that the human rights activist and laureate of the Sakharov Freedom Award Evgeniy Zhovtis on 2 August again was rejected in his appeal for early release.

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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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Small Grant Fund for Central Asia announced

Central-Asia:

Small Grant Fund for Central Asia announced

The NHC is pleased to announce a contest for project proposals aiming at improving the situation regarding human rights, democratization or civil society in Central Asia. All 
organizations
 in the region with 
project 
proposals related
 to
 human 
rights, democratization 
or strengthening of 
civil
 society 
may 
apply. At the same time, we 
encourage 
projects
 targeting
 political rights in Kazakhstan, minority rights in Tajikistan, and reconciliation and protection of basic human rights after the Osh events in Kyrgyzstan.

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God sommer!

God sommer!

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In memory of Elena Bonner

In memory of Elena Bonner

Elena Bonner, the wife of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Andrei Sakharov, and herself a prominent human rights activist and laureate of the Thorolf Rafto Prize, passed away on 18 June.

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NHC-ansatte nektet innreise til Hviterussland

NHC-ansatte nektet innreise til Hviterussland

Ytterligere to ansatte i Helsingforskomiteen ble i går nektet innreise til Hviterussland. Olga Shamshur og Inna Sangadzhieva skulle sammen med sin kollega Berit Lindeman møte våre partnerorganisasjoner i Minsk. Berit Lindeman fikk adgang, mens Olga Shamshur og Inna Sangadzhieva ble nektet innreise.

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NHC hails decision by Moscow court to acquit human rights activist

NHC hails decision by Moscow court to acquit human rights activist

On Tuesday, a Moscow court ruled to acquit Oleg P. Orlov, Chair of the Memorial Human Rights Society, one of Europe’s most respected human rights groups. Mr. Orlov was charged with defamation against Chechen President Ramzan A. Kadyrov, in connection with statements Orlov made at the time Memorial employee and award winning human rights defender Natalya Estemirova was killed in 2009.
- I welcome the ruling in our colleague Oleg Petrovich’s case as a step in the right direction for a judicial system that historically has lacked willingness to support and protect human rights defenders, says NHC Secretary General Bjørn Engesland.

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NHC nominees received awards for courageous journalistic work

NHC nominees received awards for courageous journalistic work

Today, the Norwegian Helsinki Committee was present at an award ceremony at the Nobel Institute in Oslo, where the laureates of the Fritt Ord Prize: Free Press in Russia and the Gerd Bucerius Prize: Free Press of Eastern Europe received their awards. The Norwegian Helsinki Committee had nominated three of the six laureates: The Newspaper Chernovik of Dagestan, Russia, the journalist Zamin Haji of Yeni Müsavat and Azadliq, Baku, Azerbaijan and The News Portal A1+, Yerevan, Armenia.

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Need for a sharpening of human rights policies

Azerbaijan, Belarus and Russia:

Need for a sharpening of human rights policies

Last week, the Norwegian Helsinki Committee hosted a delegation of Azeri, Belarusian, Russian and international human rights defenders. They took part in seminars arranged by the NHC at the Norwegian parliament Stortinget and the Fritt Ord Foundation. In their recomendations to the Committee of Legal Affairs and Human Rights of the PACE and Stortinget, they called for a sharpening of human rights policies towards Azerbaijan, Belarus and Russia.

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Hovedsynspunkter på norsk politikk på Vest-Balkan

Hovedsynspunkter på norsk politikk på Vest-Balkan

Helsingforskomiteen la tirsdag frem sine hovedsynspunkter på norsk politikk på Vest-Balkan for Utenriks-og forsvarskomiteen på Stortinget. Høringen ble arrangert i forbindelse med den nylig publiserte Stortingsmeldingen Norsk innsats for stabilitet og utvikling i Sørøst-Europa. Helt sentralt for Helsingforskomiteen er styrking av demokrati, menneskerettigheter, rettstatsprinsipper og fremme av forsoning på Vest-Balkan.

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Svetlana Alekseevna Gannushkina honoured

Svetlana Alekseevna Gannushkina honoured

- The Norwegian Helsinki Committee would like to extend its sincerest congratulations to Svetlana Alekseevna Gannushkina, who yesterday became a Knight of the French Legion of Honour,” says Secretary-General Bjørn Engesland.

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Ombudsman Askar Shakirov of Kazakhstan on study visit in Norway

Ombudsman Askar Shakirov of Kazakhstan on study visit in Norway

This week the Ombudsman of Kazakhstan Askar Shakirov and a delegation of two are visiting Norway on invitation by the Norwegian Helsinki Committee. The Ombudsman will meet with various ombudsman institutions in Norway, the National Institution and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Second violent attack against Memorial employee in Moscow

Russian Federation/Central Asia:

Second violent attack against Memorial employee in Moscow

The Norwegian Helsinki Committee is deeply distraught to learn of yet another violent attack on human rights activist and employee of Human Rights Center Memorial, Bakhrom Khamroev, in Moscow on Monday June 6th 2011.

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Kasakhstan – ein storebror i Sentral-Asia – men kven vernar menneskerettane?

Seminar:

Kasakhstan – ein storebror i Sentral-Asia – men kven vernar menneskerettane?

Kva er hovudutfordringane for Ombodsmannen i Kasakhstan i dag, i eit land som balanserer stabilitet og økonomisk utvikling med vern av internasjonale menneskerettar? Ombudsmannen i Noreg vitjar Oslo.

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The underlying dilemma: Azerbaijan and Belarus in the spotlight

Seminar:

The underlying dilemma: Azerbaijan and Belarus in the spotlight

How can we combine the agenda of bilateral business relations with the active promotion and defense of human rights?

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Klare råd til politisk ledelse om Aserbajdsjan

Kronprinsens besøk til Baku:

Klare råd til politisk ledelse om Aserbajdsjan

Helsingforskomiteen har overlevert notat til statssekretær Espen Barth Eide med en rekke anbefalinger for hvilke spørsmål den norske delegasjonen må reise med Aserbajdsjan 6. - 8 juni samt konkrete forslag til program. Vi har navngitt flere politiske fanger som bør løslate. Vi har blant annet foreslått at delegasjonen besøker den nylig løslatte redaktøren Eynulla Fattulayev og oppsøker graven til den myrdede Elmar Huseynov. Notatet er også sendt til Olje-og energiminister Ola Borten Moe og til Kronprins Haakon. Barth Eide har lovet å strekke seg langt for å få løftet menneskerettigheter på agendaen under besøket i Baku.

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Israilov Court case in Vienna to reach verdict

North Caucasus:

Israilov Court case in Vienna to reach verdict

The Court in Vienna is to reach a verdict on the murder of the refugee who accused Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov of torture today, on 1 June 2011. On the eve of the verdict the coalition of human rights groups monitoring the trial wants to emphasize the importance of this emblematic case and expresses its regret at the absence of cooperation of the Russian Federation with the Austrian justice.

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Eynulla Fattullayev amnestied

Azerbaijan:

Eynulla Fattullayev amnestied

Eynulla Fattulayev returned to his home last night after spending more than four years in prison in Azerbaijan for writing articles critical to the regime. The European Court of Human Rights demanded his release more than one year ago, instead, however, he was convicted of further charges. The NHC is pleased to congratulate Eynulla and welcome him back to freedom. The case shows that pressure against the authorities works. The pressure must continue.

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Ratko Mladic arrestert i Serbia

Serbia:

Ratko Mladic arrestert i Serbia

- Helsingforskomiteen ser fram til at Ratko Mladic overleveres for rettsforfølgelse i Haag. Dette er en viktig dag for internasjonal strafferett, uttaler generalsekretær i Helsingforskomiteen Bjørn Engesland.

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Bosnia på bristepunktet

Seminar:

Bosnia på bristepunktet

- Stagnasjonen vi nå opplever i Bosnia-Hercegovina er svært bekymringsfull. Forsoningsprosessen har stoppet opp, og de kreftene som motarbeider forsoning har i større grad fått innflytelse. Det internasjonale samfunnet må bistå Bosnia-Hercegovina i arbeidet med reformer som kan sikre et velfungerende justisvesen og rettsstat, og dermed hindre en ytterligere negativ utvikling, sa Presidenten i Bosnia-Hercegovinas domstol Meddzida Kreso på det godt besøkte seminaret som Helsingforskomiteen arrangerte mandag på Litteraturhuset i Oslo.

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Solidaritet med russisk krav om forsamlingsfrihet

Solidaritet med russisk krav om forsamlingsfrihet

Norske organisasjoner markerte mandag 31. januar solidaritet ved å samles foran Stortinget og kreve forsamlingsfrihet i Russland.

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Human Rights Human Wrongs 2011

Human Rights Human Wrongs 2011

(02/02-2011) For tredje året på rad arrangerer Menneskerettighetshuset i Oslo og Oslo dokumentarkino filmfestivalen Human Rights Human Wrongs på Parkteatret.

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Medvedev's Russia – moving towards democracy?

Medvedev's Russia – moving towards democracy?

(24/09-2010) With the ascension of Dmitry Medvedev to the Russian presidency, a new kind of political rhetoric entered the Kremlin. Medvedev says he wants to combat legal nihilism, and has pledged reform and modernization. Do the modernization plans offer possibilities for Russian human rights groups, asked Secretary General Bjørn Engesland in the Norwegian Helsinki Committee in his introduction at a public seminar organised by the Norwegian Helsinki Committee on 22 September.

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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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Day of Solidarity with Belarus marked by the sentencing of important members of the democratic movement

Solidarity 16:

Day of Solidarity with Belarus marked by the sentencing of important members of the democratic movement

The Norwegian Helsinki Committee strongly condemns the sentencing of a string of important democracy fighters in Belarus the last few weeks.

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Two years prison for Azerbaijani Facebook-activist

Azerbaijan:

Two years prison for Azerbaijani Facebook-activist

Bakhtiyar Hajiyev is a 29-year old Harvard-graduate who organized the Facebook-event "Great Peoples Day" on March 11, calling people to join the Facebook-group and to protest the government. Officially, he was convicted for evading military service. However, with this sentence, the Azerbaijani Government has added another political prisoner to its already long list of convicted activists and journalists.

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Small Grant Fund for Kazakhstan and vacancy as assistant announced

Kazakhstan:

Small Grant Fund for Kazakhstan and vacancy as assistant announced

The NHC is pleased to announce a contest for project proposals aiming at improving the situation regarding human rights, democratization or civil society in Kazakhstan. Additionally, the NHC also announces vacancy as assistant to Program Manager of the NHC Representative Office in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

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Verdicts in Russian court for murders Markelov and Baburova

Verdicts in Russian court for murders Markelov and Baburova

The verdict in the case of murdering the Russian lawyer Stanislav Markelov and the journalist Anastasia Baburova is finalized. On May 6, 2011, after more than two years of investigation and lengthy court hearings, the persons, accused of their murder, were convicted.

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Seminar: Bosnia på bristepunktet?

Seminar: Bosnia på bristepunktet?

Helsingforskomiteen inviterer til seminar om Bosnia mandag 23. mai kl 9.30 – 12.00 på Litteraturhuset. Vi har samlet bosniske og norske eksperter for å belyse Bosnias politiske krise.

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Moscow Helsinki Group celebrates 35 years since its foundation.

Moscow Helsinki Group celebrates 35 years since its foundation.

Bjørn Engesland, secretary general of the Norwegian Helsinki Committee has today sent a letter to Lyudmila Alexeeva, co-founder and leader of the Moscow Helsinki Group (MHG) congratulating the Russian human rights organisation on its 35 years' anniversary.

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NHC partners with Oslo Freedom Forum

NHC partners with Oslo Freedom Forum

Norwegian Helsinki Committee is one of the partners of the Oslo Freedom Forum 2011 currently taking place here in Oslo.

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Azerbaijan: Facebook Activist Sentenced to 2.5 Years in Jail

Azerbaijan: Facebook Activist Sentenced to 2.5 Years in Jail

The International Partnership Group for Azerbaijan (IPGA) condemns the 4 May 2011 conviction of youth activist Jabbar Savalan, who was sentenced to 30 months’ imprisonment on politically motivated charges of drug possession. The Norwegian Helsinki Committee is among the NGOs behind the statement comdemning the latest conviction of a youth activist in Azerbaijan.

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NHC raises Belarus with United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

NHC raises Belarus with United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

During a meeting with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, in Oslo on May 5 NHC raised the need for the Human Rights Commissioner to engage actively in the crisis in Belarus. The Human Rights Center Viasna's office was raided while presenting a report on 19 December and following events just hours before the meeting with Pillay.

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NHC observes local elections in Albania

NHC observes local elections in Albania

NHC advisor Ole Benny Lilleås travels to Albania to observe the local elections taking place on 8 May.

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NHC marks World Press Freedom Day on 3 May

NHC marks World Press Freedom Day on 3 May

An extensive five-day training seminar for Belarusian journalists opens in Vilnius today. We also issue an appeal to the UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova to put forward an initiative for the release of imprisoned Azerbaijani editor Eynulla Fattullayev.

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CERD points to several discrimination issues

Norway:

CERD points to several discrimination issues

In its 8 April 2011 evaluation of Norway, the UN Committee on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) points to issues in a range of policy fields, including limited psycho-social health care for refugees, the need to protect the Sami population from negative effects of activities by transnational corporations, and to strengthening prevention of discrimination against Roma and Romani/Tater.

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Democratic setbacks in Azerbaijan, Belarus and Russia must be met by resolute international demands

Statement from the NHC annual meeting 2011:

Democratic setbacks in Azerbaijan, Belarus and Russia must be met by resolute international demands

At these exceptional times – when authoritarian regimes are falling or are under serious pressure by democratic forces in the Middle East and North Africa – we witness that Europe’s last authoritarian states are successful in retaining control and undermining democratic developments.

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World heritage management must include human rights

World heritage management must include human rights

An international workshop 9-11 March 2011 in Oslo recommends strengthening human rights concerns in evaluation and monitoring management of world heritage sites.

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NHC Annual Report 2010

New report:

NHC Annual Report 2010

In the NHC's 2010 Annual Report, you can read about the total breakdown of human rights in Belarus, the democratic revolution in Kyrgyzstan and the violent tragedy of its aftermath and the international conference the NHC arranged in Oslo to put Russia on the agenda. The annual report also gives an account of the developments in all the countries and regions the NHC is involved in, in addition to an overview of all the NHC's activities in 2010.

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Spørsmål om oppreisning for romanifolk/tatere i Stortinget

Norge:

Spørsmål om oppreisning for romanifolk/tatere i Stortinget

Onsdag 13. april 2011 reiste stortingsrepresentant Torbjørn Røe Isaksen (H) spørsmål til justisminister Knut Storberget om hvilke tiltak norske myndigheter har satt i verk for å sikre at romanifolk/tatere som har lidd overlast på norske barnehjem faktisk har fått oppreisning. - Helsingforskomiteen mener dette er et viktig spørsmål for den norske politikken i forhold til romanifolket/taterne. Et hovedproblem er at mange av taterne som havnet på barnehjem mangler dokumentasjon, fordi norske institusjoner har makulert papirer eller fordi plasseringen ikke var hjemlet i lovlige vedtak, sier assisterende generalsekretær Gunnar M. Ekeløve-Slydal.

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Vi gratulerer med pris til papirløskampanjen ved Rune Berglund Steen og Jon Ole Martinsen

Vi gratulerer med pris til papirløskampanjen ved Rune Berglund Steen og Jon Ole Martinsen

Annette Thommessens minnepris 2011 tildeles papirløse-kampanjen ”Ingen mennesker er ulovlige”, ved initiativtakerne Rune Berglund Steen i Antirasistisk Senter og Jon Ole Martinsen i Selvhjelp for innvandrere og flyktninger, SEIF.

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Support political prisoners in Belarus: List of the accused and convicted in Belarus.

Belarus - updated 20 October 2013:

Support political prisoners in Belarus: List of the accused and convicted in Belarus.

We encourage you strongly to write letters to the prisoners! We have met with released prisoners and the families of those in prison, and they all say the same: Letters are both a great comfort and a protection as they make the authorities aware that the prisoners are not forgotten. Please write to the addresses indicated in the description of each of the prisoners. We also encourage you to contact us if you want to engage with support actions for one particular prisoner.

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The international community must make Nazarbayev answer to his pledges

Kazakhstan:

The international community must make Nazarbayev answer to his pledges

Today, five days after the landslide victory in disputed Presidential elections, President Nursultan Nazarbayev was inaugurated at a ceremony in Astana. In the speech, he referred to congratulations received from world leaders, grateful to how these congratulations “mean a wholehearted support not only for the choice of the people of Kazakhstan, but also for our strategic course”.

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Dozens of opposition protesters arrested in Baku

Azerbaijan:

Dozens of opposition protesters arrested in Baku

Around 1000 protesters defied warnings and participated in the unsanctioned 2 April anti-government rally on the Fountain Square in Central Baku, Azerbaijan. Riot police of the oil rich country were quick to disperse the rally with their usual batons and arrested several dozens, including at least ten journalists.

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Kazakhstan OSCE - 2010

Kazakhstan OSCE - 2010

New report details unfulfilled promises during Kazakhstan’s year as Chair-in-Office of the OSCE.

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Presidential elections in Kazakhstan without genuine choice

Kazakhstan:

Presidential elections in Kazakhstan without genuine choice

- The 3 April Presidential elections in Kazakhstan failed to provide the citizens with a genuine choice of candidates, said Bjørn Engesland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Helsinki Committee. - The incumbent, President Nursultan Nazarbayev, competed with only three candidates, who clearly did not represent any alternative to his rule. Neither were there any serious political debates about the country’s most pressing issues during the campaign period.

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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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NHC opens representative office in Almaty

Kazakhstan:

NHC opens representative office in Almaty

Yesterday the NHC officially opened its representative office in Almaty, Kazakhstan. – I hope and expect that the office will play a constructive role in the civil society of Kazakhstan, said Secretary General Bjørn Engesland in his welcoming address.

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Human rights defenders met in Vilnius to discuss emergency strategy

Human rights defenders met in Vilnius to discuss emergency strategy

Norwegian Helsinki Committee, in cooperation with Human Rights Center Viasna, convened human rights defenders in Vilnius on 20-21 January 2011. The meeting gathered more than 40 NGO representatives from 23 different NGOs from Belarus, Europe and North America.

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Krever forsamlingsfrihet i Russland

Krever forsamlingsfrihet i Russland

Norske organisasjoner samles for en solidaritetsmarkering foran Stortinget torsdag 31. mars kl. 16. Kravet er forsamlingsfrihet i Russland.
Photo: (c) Andrei Blinushov

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Fact finding mission to Albania

Albania:

Fact finding mission to Albania

The Norwegian Helsinki Committee calls for the investigation of alleged crimes relating to the 21 January 2011 demonstrations in Albania, to respect the independence of the country’s General Prosecutor and for steps to be taken to ensure transparency and real and perceived fairness of the 8 May local elections.

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Løslat alle politiske fanger!

Hviterussland:

Løslat alle politiske fanger!

Norske organisasjoner og politiske partier arrangerte 16. mars en solidaritetsmarkering foran Stortinget for å vise støtte til menneskerettighetsforkjempere og for løslatelse av politiske fanger i Hviterussland. Peter Gitmark fra Høyre, John Peder Egenæs, generalsekretær i Amnesty Norge og Berit Lindeman fra Helsingforskomiteen holdt appeller.

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Need for leadership in efforts to release political prisoners in Belarus

Need for leadership in efforts to release political prisoners in Belarus

Human rights organisations from several countries, including Norwegian Helsinki Committee, address president Grybauskaite of Lithuania to take leadership in advocating for the release of political prisoners in Belarus.

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New and comprehensive report from Memorial

Uzbekistan:

New and comprehensive report from Memorial

On March 16 2011, Human Rights Center Memorial published a comprehensive report covering political repression in Uzbekistan in the period 2009-2010. The report itself is currently available only in Russian language, but the Norwegian Helsinki Committee has translated the summary of this important report by Director of Memorial’s Central Asia Programme, and one of the leading specialists on human rights in Uzbekistan, Vitaliy Ponomarev.

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Release Eynullah Fattullayev

Azerbaijan:

Release Eynullah Fattullayev

Azerbaijan has blatantly flouted its international commitments by keeping Fatullayev behind bars. This not only undermines the Council of Europe’s credibility but erodes press freedom for all Council members. Sanctions are appropriate if Azerbaijan continues to mock the rule of law and hold Fatullayev

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Hvordan undervise i menneskerettigheter?

Hvordan undervise i menneskerettigheter?

– Hver gang jeg begynner å jobbe med en gruppe, spør jeg om hva det betyr å lære om menneskerettigheter, hva det betyr å lære i det hele tatt, og hvordan forstår vi hva vi lærer? Menneskerettigheter former vår virkelighet, og oss som mennesker. Vi må kunne koble kunnskapen og forståelsen om men­neskerettighetene til vår egen hverdag, sier undervisningsleder i Helsingforskomiteen Enver Djuliman i et intervju FN-linken, som er FN-sambandets skolebrev.

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Solidaritet med Hviterussland

Demonstrasjon i Oslo 16. mars:

Solidaritet med Hviterussland

Norske organisasjoner og politiske partier markerer igjen støtte til menneskerettighetsforkjempere og for løslatelse av politiske fanger i Hviterussland, med å arrangere en solidaritetsmarkering foran Stortinget 16. mars klokken 16:00.

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Recommendations to Norway on questions in the United Nations in 2011

Recommendations to Norway on questions in the United Nations in 2011

Norwegian NGO Forum for Human Rights, for which the Norwegian Helsinki Committee is the secretariat, has addressed recommendations to Norway on human rights questions in the United Nations in 2011. The recommendations focus on five thematic questions and five country situations, including Belarus and Turkmenistan.

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Stans tvangsretur av tsjetsjenske asylsøkere!

Stans tvangsretur av tsjetsjenske asylsøkere!

(22/02-2011) I et brev til konstituert justisminister Grete Faremo ber NOAS, Amnesty og Helsingforskomiteen om å stanse tvangsretur av asylsøkere fra konfliktområdene i Nord-Kaukasus i Russland inntil utlendingsforvaltningen etablerer en praksis som samsvarer med rettspraksis og relevant landinformasjon. I tillegg ber organisasjonene justisministeren om å utvise varsomhet med å tvangsutsende folk før de har fått reell mulighet til å klage endelige avslag inn for retten.

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Day of Solidarity with Belarus

Day of Solidarity with Belarus

(16/02-2011) Norwegian Helsinki Committee the 16th of each month marks Day of Solidarity with Belarus. We demand from Belarusian authorities the immediate release of all detainees held in the aftermath of the 19 December events and a total end to the wave of arrests, harassment and searches of human rights activists, lawyers and journalists in Belarus.

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NGOer ber om redegjørelse

NGOer ber om redegjørelse

(15/02-2011) Tolv norske organisasjoner har bedt Statssekretær Erik Lahnstein om en redegjørelse i forbindelse med prosessen omkring tildelingen av et oppdrag for utredning av implikasjonene for Norge dersom Norge slutter seg til tilleggsprotokollen til Konvensjonen om økonomiske, sosiale og kulturelle rettigheter.

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Unequal treatment of Zhovtis is unacceptable

Unequal treatment of Zhovtis is unacceptable

(11/02-2011) Today, 11 February, the inmates of the settlement colony 156/13 in Ust-Kamenogorsk, are leaving the settlement colony for a well deserved vacation until 6 March. The only inmate to be denied this vacation is the well-known human rights activist Evgeniy Zhovtis, after serving more than a year in the semi-open colony without being allowed to leave the territory.

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Albania:

Helsingforskomiteen krever nøytral etterforskning av drapet på tre demonstranter i Tirana

(25/01-2011) Fredag 21. januar 2011 ble tre demonstranter drept og 55 personer skadet i Tirana. Den norske Helsingforskomité krever en nøytral etterforskning av dødsfallene og stiller oss bak oppfordringer til de politiske partiene i Albania til ikke å påvirke etterforskningen.

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Real test for democracy in Kazakhstan is free and fair elections

Real test for democracy in Kazakhstan is free and fair elections

(04/02-2011) On 31 January, a bill that would allow for a referendum on the extension of President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s term of office until 2020 was rejected by the Constitutional Council of Kazakhstan as un-constitutional. Instead, Nazarbayev has announced snap elections on 3 April.

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Ber om menneskerettighetskommisjon opprettet og utnevnt av Stortinget

Ber om menneskerettighetskommisjon opprettet og utnevnt av Stortinget

(03/02-2011) Helsingforskomiteen mener at Stortinget bør opprette og utnevne en kommisjon for å følge med på respekten for menneskerettigheter i Norge. Kommisjonen bør bli FN-akkreditert Nasjonal institusjon for menneskerettigheter.

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