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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.
NHCs Gunnar Ekeløve-Slydal was part of an international delegation of trial monitors to Şırnak, Turkey. This report sets out the joint findings of two observation missions in the trial of Dr. Serdar Küni. An international delegation of trial monitors, composed of legal and medical health experts, observed the first hearing against Dr. Küni before the 2nd Heavy Penal Court on 13 March 2017 and the second hearing before the same court on 24 April 2017. The report reflects the observations of the international delegation of trial monitors and identifies several issues of concern in relation to the prosecution and fairness of the trial of Dr. Küni.
The Norwegian Helsinki Committee was part of the EPDE mission to Armenia during the 2017 Parliamentary elections, working
together with Armenian partners from the Independent Observers Public Alliance and Citizen Observer.
- Unfortunately, despite certain technical improvements in legislation and procedures, the fundament for free and fair elections was absent also this time, said NHC's Armenia senior adviser Lene Wetteland. This is mainly due to widespread abuse of administrative resources and intimidation of voters in the period leading up to voting day, accompanied by severe violations of the secrecy of the vote in polling stations.
Civil society for dialogue in Ukraine:
NHCs Enver Djuliman participated in the round-table discussion "Russian-Ukrainian dialogue: capabilities of civil society", organised by the Civic Union Educational Human Rights House in Chernihiv in partnership with a wide group of NGOs. The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the Norwegian Helsinki Committee supported the discussion financially.
The Association for Human Rights in Central Asia (AHRCA), Civil Rights Defenders (CRD), Freedom House, International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR), the Norwegian Helsinki Committee (NHC), Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the Uzbek–German Forum for Human Rights (UGF) are extremely relieved to learn that Uzbek journalist Muhammad Bekjanov, the winner of RSF’s Press Freedom Prize in 2013, was released today after 18 years in prison.
– Tajikistan’s security services have taken new actions against relatives of at least three political activists abroad who engage in peaceful criticism of the government, Human Rights Watch and the Norwegian Helsinki Committee said today.
Terrorism and Death Penalty:
Today, on 10 October 2016, the 14th World Day Against the Death Penalty, the Norwegian Helsinki Committee is joining an international campaign raising awareness about the application of the death penalty for terrorism-related offences and to reduce its use. NHC urges the abolishment of all forms of death penalty.
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.
At the 39th Congress of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa 24-26 August 2016, the Norwegian Helsinki Committee (NHC) was accepted as new member. – We are proud to become part of one of the most important families of human rights organizations in the world, said Bjørn Engesland, NHC Secretary General.
6th World Congress Against Death Penalty:
In the framework of the program of the 6th World Congress Against the Death Penalty, the Human Rights Center Viasna, (Belarus), FIDH and Norwegian Helsinki Committee organizes a side event on the death penalty in Belarus.
Do you want to join a small team in NHCs active office in Kazakhstan? NHC has a vacancy for an Administrative Officer at our Central Asia Office in Almaty. Deadline for applications is 24 June 2016.
Report from the seminar:
On 17 September 2016 Russia organizes elections to the 450 seats of the Federal Duma. Unfortunately, restrictions on election observation and candidate registration are already being put in place. Despite the bleak picture normally presented regarding elections in Russia, there exist however many independent voices in politics, academia and civil society that speak out for democratic values and procedures. The Norwegian Helsinki Committee invited some of them to Oslo to debate new perspectives on Russia’s elections.
No political prisoners:
The Norwegian Helsinki Committee has launched a webpage with information and updates about the situation for the political prisoners in Europe.
The images of Ivanka Trump, posing in a sleek black dress and her signature stilettos at a construction sight of yet another Trump tower in the capital of Baku did not surprise many. After all the Trump Tower business is known to invest all around the world. The Trump Baku was her latest project with The Trump Organization. The company’s website features Istanbul, Panama City, Seoul, Vancouver, and Toronto among its international real estate investment destinations. -Article researched and written by Arzu Geybullayeva, with the support from the Norwegian Helsinki Committee
Our magnificent collection of art works in the exhibition we have called “Drawing for Freedom” this week exhibits at Defenders’ Days in Stockholm. The artworks, conceived by art students from the Academy of Fine Art of the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, depict current and former political prisoners in Azerbaijan. We are very happy that newly released human rights defenders Anar Mammadli, Rasul Jafarov for the first time could see the works depicting themselves. Main illustration: Rasul Jafarov, Anar Mammadli, freed human rights defenders, and the son of imprisoned human rights lawyer Intigam Aliyev, Necmin Kamil, in front of the exhibition.
The Norwegian Helsinki Committee is pleased to announce the continuation of our small grants fund in Kazakhstan. We welcome
project proposals related to human rights, democratization and the strengthening of civil society. Click on the links below
to read the announcement in full.
NB! The Norwegian Helsinki Committee informs that the deadline for applications has been extended to 18 April, 2016.
Every week, she ploughs through dust-covered roads flanked by stone quarries just to see her father. The dust gets so thick and heavy that it completely clouds her vision. The road is bumpy and eerily empty, and if you get stuck in this desolate landscape, no one will come to rescue you.
The Norwegian Helsinki Committee Freedom of Belief Initiative will organize a Conference on February 18, 2016, in cooperation with Ankara University Centre for Human Rights, entitled Freedom of Expression & Freedom of Religion or Belief – The Case of Turkey. The event takes place in Ankara.
As a partner of the Human Rights Human Wrongs documentary film festival, we invite you to the kick-off of this years' festival. Join us on Tuesday February 16th at Cinemateket as we kick-start the 2016 edition of the Human Rights Human Wrongs Documentary Film Festival with a series of exciting events.
Time: Tuesday 26 January 2016, 14:00-16:00
Venue: “Kjelleren”, Litteraturhuset, Wergelandsveien 29, Oslo
Registration: email@example.com by Monday 25 January 12:00.
Together with the University College of Southeastern Norway and the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), the Norwegian Helsinki Committee is arranging the conference: The Role of the University in the Building of Peace. The conference takes place in Drammen on 22. January.
On the 25 November, the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution that recognises the important role of human rights defenders.
The Turkish translation of OSCE/ODIHR-Venice Commission Guidelines on the Legal Personality of Religious or Belief Communities was launched in Istanbul 19 November.
A new list of political prisoners in Azerbaijan has just been published. The list now comprises of 80 names, as compared to the 98 which were included in the list published in August last year. Although this means that there have been some very welcome releases, the Government of Azerbaijan continues its policy of imprisoning what they consider opponents. The last few weeks, prominent human rights defenders Rasul Jafarov and Intigam Aliyev were convicted to many years' prison. In 2014, Political Prisoners in Azerbaijan received the Sakharov Freedom Award from NHC.
On 21 April, the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, together with European Stability Initiative, Forum 18 and the International Federation for Human Rights will host the side event: For a Europe without political prisoners: The case of Azerbaijan, at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. Se full program below.
In an article in the Italian newspaper Il Garantista, Domenico Letizia writes about legislative threats to democracy in Kazakhstan.
Watch Turkmenistan video:
12 years ago, on 25 November 2002, a group of political opposition leaders in Turkmenistan was accused of an alleged assassination attempt on then President Niyazov, in what appeared to be a failed political coup. The members of that group were arrested and quickly imprisoned without proper trials, along with family members and others who were swept up in the frenzy around the event. Since then, the families of the imprisoned have not received any news about them, have not been able to see them, and, in many cases, family members were also subject to imprisonment and harassment. As a member of the Prove they are alive! campaign, the NHC demand that the government of Turkmenistan government inform the families of the disappeared about their whereabouts and condition.
Job vacancy announcement:
The Norwegian Helsinki Committee is currently seeking a highly qualified person to lead the daily work at our Representative Office in Almaty.
Together with the Rafto Foundation, the Norwegian Helsinki Committee is hosting the seminar "Protecting freedom of expression and privacy on the internet: What should be the response of the human rights community to the new wave of internet control in Russia and in other countries?"
The Arctic and Barents Regions: Cooperation, Human Rights, and Security Challenges. The Norwegian Helsinki Committee is co-organizing the Nordic Forum for Security Policy 2014 together with the Finnish Committee for European Security (STETE), the Swedish OSCE-network (OSSE-nätverket and the University of Tromsø. The Forum wil take place in Tromsø, at the University of Tromsø from 12-14 November. You can register as a participant below.
Livestream from NHC seminar:
Watch our seminar Safeguarding international institutions against authoritarian abuse with members from the Pussy Riot 13th May by clicking on the picture or the link below.
Anna Politkovskaya Seminar 2014:
Welcome to the Anna Politkovskaya Seminar 2014: The anatomy of media propaganda in Russia.
Venue: House of literature, Amalie Skram, Wergelandsveien 29
Time: Wednesday 15 October 2014, 14:00-16:15
Snacks, coffee and tea will be served
Sakharov Freedom Award 2014:
The Norwegian Helsinki Committee awards The Andrei Sakharov Freedom Award in 2014 to political prisoners in Azerbaijan. They exhibit great courage and make huge efforts in promoting dignity, democratic values and human rights in their home country. Azerbaijan is a European country that is developing towards dictatorship, says Secretary General of the Norwegian Helsinki Committee (NHC), Bjørn Engesland, in today’s press release. This award is given to all of the political prisoners. It is a sad fact that they are too numerous to all be mentioned here.
European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE), a network of NGOs observing elections in Europe, has been united to observe the crucial Presidential elections in Ukraine that took place 25 may. 200 trained civil society observers monitored the elections in 10 regions of Ukraine in cooperation with local observers from Opora and Committee of Voters Ukraine. Norwegian Helsinki Committee, a co-founder of EPDE, joined the mission and assisted in the coordination of the effort. Today, the mission statement was published at a press conference in Kiev.
NHC joins campaign:
A vision of a Europe with out political prisoners gathered activists and policy makers on 2 June in Berlin for a conference organised by European Stability Initiative (ESI). Senior European policy makers, parliamentarians, and human rights activists gathered to discuss what different institutions – the Council of Europe, the European Union and international human rights organisations – must do to realise the vision of a Europe without political prisoners in the near future. NHC was a supporter of the conference and secretary General Bjørn Engesland a speaker.
İstanbul Bilgi University Human Rights Law Research Center and the Norwegian Helsinki Committee: Freedom of Belief Initiative will organize the Conference “Legal Personality of Belief Communities in Turkey: Seeking a Path” on May 30th, 2014 at the İstanbul Bilgi University Dolapdere Campus.
Ukraine, Russia crisis:
NHC is proud to present our new publication format, the Norwegian Helsinki Committee's policy paper. Our first policy paper is a Q&A on the Ukraine, Russia crisis, where we want to point to some of the main legal and human rights issues in the current situation. You can read and download the policy paper below.
NHC annual meeting:
NHC annual meeting, on 29 April 2014, has adopted our 2013 Annual Report. The report is an account of our wide range of activities during last year, a truly busy and exciting year for the Norwegian Helsinki Committee. Among many other issues you can read about our observation of the parliamentary elections in Norway in September, of campaigns in Russia as well as several of the projects and activities the NHC has been engaged in the recent year.