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  • Rasul Jafarov sentenced to 6,5 years in prison

    Azerbaijan:

    Rasul Jafarov sentenced to 6,5 years in prison

    Young, prominent and dedicated human rights defender Rasul Jafarov, was convicted to six and a half years in prison in a Baku, Azerbaijan court today. -It is hardly news anymore that human rights defenders are handed long prison sentences in Azerbaijan, where punishing the dissent on bogus charges has become commonplace for the government in past years, Secretary General Bjørn Engesland says.

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  • Avoid new limits on UPR recommendations

    Statement at the UN Human Rights Council:

    Avoid new limits on UPR recommendations

    Limiting the number of recommendations in the Universal Periodic Review can be detrimental to the whole process. Instead states should focus on making concrete, specific and measurable recommendations.

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  • On the murder of Boris Nemtsov

    Russian Federation:

    On the murder of Boris Nemtsov

    The Norwegian Helsinki Committee is saddened and shocked by the news of the murder of Russia’s prominent opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, shot dead the in the heart of Moscow in the late evening of 27 February.
    – The murder of Boris Nemtsov must be independently and transparently investigated and the people responsible be brought to justice, whether they pulled the trigger or ordered the killing, says Bjørn Engesland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Helsinki Committee. – We express our condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Boris Nemtsov.

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