| Den norske Helsingforskomité

Georgia must enable access to justice for victims of 2008 war

Statement:

Georgia must enable access to justice for victims of 2008 war

Human Rights Center (HRIDC), Norwegian Helsinki Committee (NHC) and International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) call on the Georgian authorities to take concrete steps towards accountability for crimes committed during 2008 war, including, renew investigative activities, ensure access of victims of the August 2008 war to their national case file and renew communication with the victims in order to respect their rights to effectively participate in national proceedings.

Read more about Georgia must enable access to justice for victims of 2008 war
The Attack on International Election Observers Must Be Properly Investigated (updated)

Georgia:

The Attack on International Election Observers Must Be Properly Investigated (updated)

During the first round of the Parliamentary Elections in Georgia on 8 October 2016, three international election observers were attacked and the vote count disrupted in the village of Jikhashkari. One observer was beaten and two others had their mobile phones taken away from them by force. It is vital that the incident is properly investigated.

Read more about The Attack on International Election Observers Must Be Properly Investigated (updated)
Observation of the Parliamentary Elections in the Republic of Georgia

Final Report:

Observation of the Parliamentary Elections in the Republic of Georgia

The final report of the limited election observation mission to the Republic of Georgia is ready.The mission was organised jointly with the European Platform of Democratic Elections (EPDE), the International Partnership of Human Rights (IPHR), the International Elections Study Center (IESC) and
the Norwegian Helsinki Committee (NHC).

Read more about Observation of the Parliamentary Elections in the Republic of Georgia
Joint Preliminary Statement on the first round of the Parliamentary Elections on 8 October 2016

Georgia:

Joint Preliminary Statement on the first round of the Parliamentary Elections on 8 October 2016

(Berlin, Brussels, Oslo and Tbilisi, 9 October 2016) The joint international election observation mission of the Norwegian Helsinki Committee (NHC), European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE), International Elections Study Center (IESC) and International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) and was established in Georgia on 12 September. On Election Day, the Mission deployed 36 international observers who visited more than 200 polling stations across the country. This preliminary statement summarizes our findings.

Read more about Joint Preliminary Statement on the first round of the Parliamentary Elections on 8 October 2016
NHC and IPHR election observers attacked in Georgia

Georgia:

NHC and IPHR election observers attacked in Georgia

(Brussels, Oslo and Tbilisi, 9 October 2016) During the Georgian Parliamentary Elections on 8 October 2016 a violent incident occurred in Western Georgia. A group of unidentified men broke into polling station 79 in the village of Jikhashkari in the Zugdidi district, disrupted the counting procedure and physically attacked international election observers, who represented the joint mission of the Norwegian Helsinki Committee (NHC), International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) and European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE).

Read more about NHC and IPHR election observers attacked in Georgia
Observing Georgia Parliamentary Elections 2016: Democratic gains at stake

Georgia:

Observing Georgia Parliamentary Elections 2016: Democratic gains at stake

A delegation from the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, in cooperation with the European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE) and International Partnership for Human Rights, is in Georgia to observe the upcoming Parliamentary Elections 8 October 2016.

Read more about Observing Georgia Parliamentary Elections 2016: Democratic gains at stake
ICC investigation a possible milestone for accountability in Europe

Georgia:

ICC investigation a possible milestone for accountability in Europe

”The Norwegian Helsinki Committee welcomes the decision by Fatou Bensouda, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, on October 8 to submit a request to the Pre-Trial Chamber of the ICC to open an investigation of core international crimes during the war in Georgia in 2008,” says Secretary General Bjørn Engesland.

Read more about ICC investigation a possible milestone for accountability in Europe
Coalition for Trust

South Caucasus:

Coalition for Trust

The “Coalition for Trust”, a three-year regional project funded by the European Commission and co-funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, started in late 2012 and works in all entities of the South Caucasus to restore confidence and build people-to-people contact by opening up new perspectives on conflict transformation. The initiative is implemented on the ground by local partner and associate organisations in the regions. NHC is working with the partners to develop and deliver a broad-ranging educational programme for close to 300 students, journalists and civic activists.

Read more about Coalition for Trust
NHC attends the annual HDIM-meeting

OSCE meeting in Warzaw:

NHC attends the annual HDIM-meeting

NHC is active at the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting 2014 which is currently taking place in Warsaw.

Read more about NHC attends the annual HDIM-meeting
Georgia: Five Years of Non-Action

Policy Paper 4/2014:

Georgia: Five Years of Non-Action

The NHC presents our fourth policy paper of 2014. The policy paper discusses the failure to investigate the crimes of the Russian-Georgian war of August 2008, and highlights the importance of a continued involvement in the Georgia war crimes situation by the International Criminal Court.

Read more about Georgia: Five Years of Non-Action
Progress in the presidential election in Georgia

Georgia:

Progress in the presidential election in Georgia

-We can report only minor irregularities here in the Batumi area, and for what we have witnessed, the elections process this time is a big step forward for Georgia compared to what we have seen in previous elections. NHCs Aage Borchgrevink is in Georgia together with colleagues to observe the presidential elections in Akhalkalaki, Akhaltsike and Batumi. Even though we are aware of irregularities, compared to previous years, people are not put under pressure, they are more open and they went to vote in a calm manner, Borchgrevink says.

Read more about Progress in the presidential election in Georgia
Regional Program Coordinator  “Coalition For Trust” in South Caucasus (Updated)

Job vacancy announcement:

Regional Program Coordinator “Coalition For Trust” in South Caucasus (Updated)

We are currently seeking a highly qualified person to be the regional coordinator of the (EU-funded) program “Coalition for trust” in the South Caucasus. The aim of the program is to contribute to building knowledge and trust between people in a region marked by conflict and human rights violations. Activities include education and training, network building, advocacy and activism.

Read more about Regional Program Coordinator “Coalition For Trust” in South Caucasus (Updated)
Waiting for Russian Justice: The ineffective Russian investigation of crimes committed during the August 2008 armed conflict between Russia and Georgia

NHC report 3/2012:

Waiting for Russian Justice: The ineffective Russian investigation of crimes committed during the August 2008 armed conflict between Russia and Georgia

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.

Read more about Waiting for Russian Justice: The ineffective Russian investigation of crimes committed during the August 2008 armed conflict between Russia and Georgia

Parliamentary elections in Georgia:

Norwegian Helsinki Committee observing

(29/05-2008) The Norwegian Helsinki Committee is monitoring the situation in Georgia closely during the parliamentary election that was held yesterday.

Read more about Norwegian Helsinki Committee observing

Georgia:

Election reports

(23/06-2008) The Norwegian Helsinki Committee was present with two election observers at the parliamentary election in Georgia on 21 May 2008.

Read more about Election reports

Georgia-Russia conflict:

Ethnic Cleansing Continues in South Ossetian Conflict Zone in Georgia

(24/10-2008) The Norwegian Helsinki Committee advisor Aage Borchgrevink is currently in Tblisi to investigate alleged occurences of war crimes and crimes against humanity during and after the armed conflict in August.

Read more about Ethnic Cleansing Continues in South Ossetian Conflict Zone in Georgia

Georgian Ombudsman Sozar Subari:

The conflict in South Ossetia could have been avoided

(19/11-2008) -Even though we have had differences with South-Ossetia for a long time, we had reached a stage were our peoples did not have much differences any more.

Read more about The conflict in South Ossetia could have been avoided

Georgia-Russia conflict:

Documentation of warcrimes handed over to the ICC Prosecutor in The Hague

(20/11-2008) The Georgian Human Right Centre has handed over documentation detailing allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity during and after the armed conflict between Georgia and Russia to a representative of the Prosecutors Office of the International Criminal Court, Mr. Matthew Brubacher.

Read more about Documentation of warcrimes handed over to the ICC Prosecutor in The Hague

The Freedom of Expression Foundation:

Press Prizes for Russia and Eastern Europe Announced

(25/02-2009) Three of the prize winners for this years press prizes ”Free Press of Russia” and ”Free Press of Eastern Europe”, was nominated by the Norwegian Helsinki Committee.

Read more about Press Prizes for Russia and Eastern Europe Announced

Georgia:

Death threats against a leading Georgian journalist

(22/02-2010) A group of human rights organisations condemn the pressure and intimidation exerted by Georgian authorities against leading investigative journalist Vakhtang Komakhidze, and denounce a continuous defamation campaign against Mr. Komakhidze.

Read more about Death threats against a leading Georgian journalist
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.

Read more about The Impunity Syndrome in the Caucasus
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.

Read more about NHC participating at HDIM in Warszaw
Georgia fails to properly investigate war crimes

New report:

Georgia fails to properly investigate war crimes

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.

Read more about Georgia fails to properly investigate war crimes