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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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  • The ceasefire a step in the right direction, the road to peace remains long

    Ukraine:

    The ceasefire a step in the right direction, the road to peace remains long

    The ceasefire agreement, which entered into force as of Sunday 15 February, is good news for the civilian population in the Donbass region”, said Bjørn Engesland, Secretary General. – However, it is already marred by violations and important questions remain unresolved. There are also serious flaws with the agreement. – The loser after nearly a year of hostilities is the civilian population in Eastern Ukraine who have seen their houses, economy, infrastructure and key public institutions shot to pieces. The human rights situation was far from perfect before the armed conflict, but there is no doubt that it has become much worse in the rebel-controlled areas.

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