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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.
Den norske Helsingforskomité gir hvert år ut flere rapporter som tar for seg forskjelige problemstillinger knyttet til menneskerettighetsbrudd i de områdene komiteen arbeider. Alle Helsingforskomiteens rapporter er nedlastbare i PDF-format, i tillegg er det mulig å bestille trykte eksemplarer. Send da en e-post til firstname.lastname@example.org. Helsingforskomiteen publiserer rundt tre rapporter i året.
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.
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.
New NHC report:
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.
34 observatører fra 11 land i det tidligere Sovjetunionen har gjennomført valgobservasjon av årets Stortingsvalg. Valgobservatørene har blitt tatt svært godt i mot over hele landet, og har observert et valg der velgerne har stor grad av tillit til valgprosessen. Valget har vært gjennomført på en svært profesjonell måte. Allikevel, det er forbedringspotensial også her.
New NHC report:
The report "Women: Turkmenistan’s Second-Class Citizens” gives a unique look into the everyday life of women in Turkmenistan.
Rapporten Democracy and human rights at stake in Hungary som Den norske Helsingforskomité publiserer i dag viser hvordan Viktor Orbáns regjering sentraliserer makten og setter domstolenes uavhengighet og medienes frihet under press. - Ungarn ble inntil nylig sett på som et av de mest vellykkede nye demokratiene i Sentra-Europa, men på kort tid har utviklingen gått i motsatt retning i en grad som de færreste trodde var mulig, sier generalsekretær Bjørn Engesland i en uttalelse i forbindelse med lanseringen.
NHC report 3/2012:
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 Geneva.
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.
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.
(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.
(22/04-2009) Rapporten Norsk romani-/taterpolitikk. Fortid, nåtid, fremtid er en menneskerettslig vurdering av hovedtrekk i norsk politikk i forhold til romanifolk/taterne. Utgangspunktet for Helsingforskomiteens konklusjoner og anbefalinger er de menneskerettslige forpliktelsene Norge har påtatt seg i forhold til å respektere og sikre internasjonale menneskerettigheter, som i dag også omfatter særlige rettigheter for etniske og språklige minoriteter.
Anti-Terrorism Measures and Human Rights in North Caucasus:
(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.
Greek asylum policy and the Dublin II Regulation:
(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.
(23/10-2009) Norge kan bryte FNs flyktningkonvensjon ved å returnere asylsøkere til Hellas. I rapporten Out the Back Door: The Dublin II Regulation and illegal deportations from Greece hevder NOAS, Helsingforskomiteen og den greske organisasjonen AITIMA at asylsøkere og andre med behov for beskyttelse mot forfølgelse har en betydelig risiko for illegal deportasjon fra Hellas uten at deres behov er vurdert.
(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.