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  • A letter to UN Secretary-General António Guterres ahead of Tajikistan visit

    Tajikistan:

    A letter to UN Secretary-General António Guterres ahead of Tajikistan visit

    Together with Civil Rights Defenders, Sweden, and Freedom Now, USA, NHC has written a letter to the UN Secretary-General António Guterres ahead of his visit to Tajikistan, reminding him of the grave human rights situation and the negative development in the country. Since 2014, the Tajik government has undertaken a widespread crackdown to dismantle and discredit the country’s peaceful political opposition.

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  • Free 18 Men Tortured, Sentenced in Unfair Trial

    Turkmenistan:

    Free 18 Men Tortured, Sentenced in Unfair Trial

    The Norwegian Helsinki Committee joins protests in reaction to credible reports of the arrest, torture, and conviction following unfair trials, and imprisonment under inhumane conditions of 18 men in Turkmenistan. The sentences, from 12 to 25 years, were handed down in a closed, two-hour trial, and set out in a summary of the verdict that lacks any information about the specific acts the men are accused of committing or the evidence against them.

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  • Azerbaijani journalist abducted from Georgia

    Letter to the Prime Minister of Georgia:

    Azerbaijani journalist abducted from Georgia

    In a letter to the Prime Minsiter of Georgia, NHC has joined several human rights organisations to express our concern about the abduction of Afgan Mukhtarli, an exiled Azerbaijani journalist, on 29 May in Tbilisi. He went missing after leaving his colleagues in the evening, before resurfacing the following day in Baku in the custody of Azerbaijan’s state border agency. Mukhtarli reports that he was forced into a car near his home, tied up and beaten. His abductors put a bag over his head and 10,000 euros were stuffed into his pockets while crossing the Azerbaijani border. We question the role of Georgia in letting this abduction take place.

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  • Drawing for Freedom exhibition opens in Berlin

    Exhibition and roundtable in Berlin:

    Drawing for Freedom exhibition opens in Berlin

    Today the exhibition Drawing for Freedom, depicting political prisoners in Azerbaijan, opens at the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Berlin. The art project ”Drawing for Freedom” is a cooperation between the Norwegian Helsinki Committee and the Academy of Fine Art of the Oslo National Academy of the Arts.The thematic focus of the project is political prisoners in Azerbaijan. On 22 July, at 18:00, the Heinrich Böll Foundation jointly with NHC, organises a panel discussion on the situation in Azerbaijan in the same place, titled 'Azerbaijan: shrinking or lost spaces for opposition?'. There will also be a tour of the exhibition.

    Open Thursday, 15.06.2017 10:00 – Saturday, 01.07.2017 18:00
    Daily opening hours: 10:00 - 18:00

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  • A letter to UN Secretary-General António Guterres ahead of Tajikistan visit

    Tajikistan:

    A letter to UN Secretary-General António Guterres ahead of Tajikistan visit

    Together with Civil Rights Defenders, Sweden, and Freedom Now, USA, NHC has written a letter to the UN Secretary-General António Guterres ahead of his visit to Tajikistan, reminding him of the grave human rights situation and the negative development in the country. Since 2014, the Tajik government has undertaken a widespread crackdown to dismantle and discredit the country’s peaceful political opposition.

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  • 2017 Oslo Freedom Forum opened!

    Norway:

    2017 Oslo Freedom Forum opened!

    The Norwegian Helsinki Committee is a partner of the Oslo Freedom Forum (OFF) which is now underway in Oslo. OFF is a thriving global community of people who share the common vision of making the world a more peaceful, prosperous, and free place. The ninth annual forum will unite dissidents, activists, artists, journalists, and changemakers in Oslo on May 22-24, 2017.

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  • Visiting officials to EXPO 2017 must raise human rights issues!

    Kazakhstan:

    Visiting officials to EXPO 2017 must raise human rights issues!

    On June 13 the Norwegian Helsinki Committee and Human Rights Watch sent letters to the president and foreign councillor of Switzerland and the president of Finland, urging them to raise human rights issues during their official visits Kazakhstan this summer. June 10 marked the official opening of the Expo 2017 in Astana. The expo, dedicated to energy of the future, is the first world exposition to be held in Central Asia, and is estimated to have cost between $3 and $5 billion. According to local news, at least 17 heads of state will visit the expo before it closes at September 10.

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  • Free 18 Men Tortured, Sentenced in Unfair Trial

    Turkmenistan:

    Free 18 Men Tortured, Sentenced in Unfair Trial

    The Norwegian Helsinki Committee joins protests in reaction to credible reports of the arrest, torture, and conviction following unfair trials, and imprisonment under inhumane conditions of 18 men in Turkmenistan. The sentences, from 12 to 25 years, were handed down in a closed, two-hour trial, and set out in a summary of the verdict that lacks any information about the specific acts the men are accused of committing or the evidence against them.

    Read more about Free 18 Men Tortured, Sentenced in Unfair Trial
  • Azerbaijani journalist abducted from Georgia

    Letter to the Prime Minister of Georgia:

    Azerbaijani journalist abducted from Georgia

    In a letter to the Prime Minsiter of Georgia, NHC has joined several human rights organisations to express our concern about the abduction of Afgan Mukhtarli, an exiled Azerbaijani journalist, on 29 May in Tbilisi. He went missing after leaving his colleagues in the evening, before resurfacing the following day in Baku in the custody of Azerbaijan’s state border agency. Mukhtarli reports that he was forced into a car near his home, tied up and beaten. His abductors put a bag over his head and 10,000 euros were stuffed into his pockets while crossing the Azerbaijani border. We question the role of Georgia in letting this abduction take place.

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