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Strengthening the role of universities in peacebuilding in the Western Balkans

New report:

Strengthening the role of universities in peacebuilding in the Western Balkans

The Norwegian Helsinki Committee publishes a new report today, focusing on how universities can play a positive role in peacebuilding processes in the Western Balkans.

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Serious Human Rights Concerns in Kosovo Must Be Addressed

(23/06-2006) As the the UN currently decides on whether Kosovo should obtain political independence from Serbia and the international community, serious human rights concerns must be addressed immediately.
Thus concludes an international human rights fact-finding mission to Kosovo 18-22 June 2006, headed by the International Helsinki Federation (IHF).

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Stuck in time:

Or will 2007 be the year of Kosovo's new beginning?

(01/02-2007) Today some 50 people attended a Norwegian Helsinki Committee seminar on Kosovo and human rights in the shadow of nationalism and final status.

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Demonstration in Kosovo left two dead:

Need for independent investigation and fair trials

(14/02-2007) The violent handling of the Self-Determination Movement’s protest on Saturday raises serious concerns about leadership in Kosovo.

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Witness protection still an obstacle to justice in Kosovo

(04/05-2007) Witnesses in war crimes trials in Kosovo are scared off from going to court, Institute for War and Peace Reporting shows in a recent report.

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The Kurti Case: Law or Politics?

(14/05-2007) The Norwegian Helsinki Committee is concerned about the legality of detention cases in Kosovo, and about the arbitrariness in human rights organisations' access to interview detainees.

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Access to medication for children

(10/07-2007) The Norwegian Helsinki Committee is concerned about children's rights in Kosovo, particularly the access to medicine. As part of its human rights monitoring work in Kosovo, the NHC visited the Roma, Ashkali, and Egyptian (RAE) community in Fushë Kosovë / Kosovo Polje in March 2007. One case in particular raised several concerns.

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TV debate:

Arbitrary application of law in Kosovo?

(15/08-2007) On July 27 Norwegian Helsinki Committee representative Julie Chadbourne panelled on the television show "Life in Kosovo" debating the position of the judiciary.

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Human Rights discussed in the OSCE

(04/10-2007) The Norwegian Helsinki Committee adresses human rights issues in Kosovo, Uzbekistan and Russia at an international conference in Warsaw this week.

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Seminar:

RAE communities in Kosovo

(14/10-2007) Today at a seminar in Oslo the Norwegian Helsinki Committee lectures on the situation of Roma, Ashkaeli and Egyptian minorities in Kosovo.

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Concern for the appointment of Ombudsperson in Kosovo

(16/10-2007) The Norwegian Helsinki Committee stresses the importance of selecting an Ombudsperson in Kosovo with professional and moral credibility and independence.

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New Helsinki Council in Kosovo

(07/12-2007) A new Kosovo Helsinki Council adopted statues and elected its first board yesterday.

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Human Rights Schools Coordinator's Meeting in Oslo

(19/12-2007) Regional and local human rights school coordinators from the West Balkan countries are gathered in Oslo this weekend to discuss and plan their work for the upcoming year.

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Kosovo:

Kurti Trial: A Case for Retrial?

(31/01-2008) Julie Chadbourne is the NHC local representative in Kosovo
The Norwegian Helsinki Committee suggests that the controversial Kurti Case in Kosovo may be a case for retrial.

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Kurti Trial:

Case Suspended

(11/02-2008) The Norwegian and Swedish Helsinki Committees are deeply concerned about the message the suspension of the Kurti case sends to the public about the functioning of rule of law in Kosovo.

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Joint media release on Kosovo:

EU Should Ensure International Mission is Accountable

(10/03-2008) Success will depend on effective scrutiny of human rights record, says Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the Norwegian Helsinki Committee.

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Kosovo:

Serious accountability problems

(12/03-2008) Hina Jilani, the UN Special Representative for Human Rights Defenders, presented a report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva this week.

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Freedom of movement in Kosovo

(11/04-2008) The Norwegian Helsinki Committee has signed an appeal to the government of Kosovo on a matter of freedom of movement.

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Kosovo:

Norwegian Helsinki Commitee addresses EULEX judges on rule of law

(30/05-2008) The Norwegian Helsinki Committee Representative in Kosovo, Julie Chadbourne, yesterday joined a panel of international NGOs in providing ananalysis and insight into the Kosovo justice system.

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Kosovo:

The right to return to the place of origin

(05/06-2008) In an open letter to the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) today, the Norwegian Helsinki Committee called for the removal of impediments to the reconstruction of approximately 25 houses in Rudesh village, Istok/g municipality, Kosovo.

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Kosovo:

Ensuring proper schooling for Roma, Ashkaeli and Egyptian children

(01/07-2008) The Norwegian Helsinki Committee has written a letter to the Kosovo Minister of Education, to ask him to immediately ensure proper schooling for Roma, Ashkaeli and Egyptian (RAE) children in a manner that is not discriminatory. The school at the RAE-camp in Obiliq is particularly problematic in this regard. The human right to education is a universally accepted principle that cannot be denied to any child. This right not only requires that authorities provide schools and theoretical access to them, but also that attendance and minimum quality standards are actively ensured.

Letter to the President of the Assembly of Kosovo:

Concern over faliure to appoint an Ombudsperson in Kosovo

(25/02-2009) The Swedish and Norwegian Helsinki Committees for Human Rights express their regrets for the repeated failure by the Assembly of Kosovo to appoint a representative for the Ombudsperson Institution and stress the importance of appointing an Ombudsperson with professional and moral credibility and relevant experience from the human rights field at the earliest possible date.

Kosovo parliamentary elections:

-A boycott will leave the Serb community stuck in a ghetto

(06/12-2010) In an open letter signed by 104 of Serbia’s leading intellectuals, the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia appeals to Serbs in Kosovo to vote in the upcoming extraordinary parliamentary elections to be held on 12 December 2010. These elections provides an opportunity for the Serb community to further strengthen its position as an independent political factor in Kosovo. And this position ensures the community’s upper hand in the settlement of the problems of its everyday life. A boycott of the parliamentary elections would only be to the detriment of the Serb community in Kosovo and leave it stuck in a ghetto.

Criminal Investigation is needed

(22/12-2010) - Inhuman treatment of prisoners in informal camps and illicit trafficking in human organs in Kosovo and Albania are terrible crimes. All alleged perpetrators, including Prime Minister Hashim Thaci and his "Drenica group", must be thoroughly, efficiently and impartially investigated by competent authorities, says Bjørn Engesland, Secretary-General of the Norwegian Helsinki Committee.

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Authorities in Kosovo must ensure access to justice and show practical support to minorities

Kosovo:

Authorities in Kosovo must ensure access to justice and show practical support to minorities

Following a visit to Kosovo 13-18 November, a delegation of Helsinki Committees calls on authorities there to improve the rule of law and the fairness and efficiency of the justice systems for all, and to extend a hand to its minorities and demonstrate in practical terms that the local and central government takes care of the needs of its citizens. The recent events in the North of Kosovo, where severe unrest and violence has marked the KFOR removal of barricades, demonstrates the need for Prishtina and Belgrade to seriously engage to avoid further escalation in conflict levels and inter-ethnic tension.

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Kosovo:

Criminal Investigation is needed

(22/12-2010) - Inhuman treatment of prisoners in informal camps and illicit trafficking in human organs in Kosovo and Albania are terrible crimes which demand investigation.

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