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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.
The Norwegian Helsinki Committee (NHC) commends the United States Congress on passing the Global Magnitsky Act, the group said in a statement. The new sanctions law, proposed in 2015 by Senator Ben Cardin, is named for Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian tax lawyer for Hermitage Capital Management. He died at the hands of Russian authorities on 16 November 2009 after exposing a $230 million tax refund fraud scheme.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) is experiencing difficult times. After criticising the ICC for addressing international crimes only in Africa, three African states recently indicated that they will withdraw from the Court (Burundi, Gambia, and South Africa). However, this criticism is no longer valid. The ICC is stepping up activities outside Africa, including in Europe.
New Report and Seminar:
Even though the military conflict in Ukraine is not making big headlines, it is still ongoing. Soldiers and civilians continue to die and the Minsk agreement is broken constantly. With over 10 000 deaths, and close to 2 million of IDPs, and many alleged crimes unaccounted for, the issue of accountability is high on the Ukrainian and international agenda - including on the panel debate organised by the Norwegian Helsinki Committee on 9 June where also the new report "Where did the shells come from: Investigation of cross-border attacks in Eastern Ukraine" was presented for the first time.
How can the International Criminal Court (ICC) and Norway promote justice and democracy in Ukraine? The seminar will provide first-hand information on the political situation and the status of reforms in Ukraine, as well as the latest accounts from the conflict-zone. The Norwegian Helsinki Committee invites you to join a discussion between politicians and human rights activists from Norway and Ukraine on ways of achieving accountability and democratic reforms.
The Norwegian Helsinki Committee is deeply concerned about the situation at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (‘ICTY’), created by acquittals in 2012-2013 and a deep split among its judges. The concerns have been conveyed in a letter to President of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (‘MICT’), former ICTY President, current ICTY judge and a key player of the institution. According to the letter, the acquittals represent changes in the direction at a very late stage of the ICTY’s life. They “disorient victims, their families, and the wider struggle against impunity ... there remains a strong, unanswered case for [Theodor Meron] to take responsibility for the unfortunate situation at ICTY”.
Russian officials suspected of torturing and killing whistle-blowing lawyer Sergei Magnitsky are named in the formal application now under consideration by the Chief Public Prosecutor of Norway Siri Frigaard. The application refers to Oleg Silchenko, Russian Interior Ministry officer in charge of Magnitsky’s arrest and detention, and others, including Mr Dmitry Markov and Mr Oleg Kuznetsov - two senior officers of Matrosskaya Tishina detention center, where Magnitsky was killed after rubber batons and handcuffs were used on him by prison guards. The application has been submitted by the Norwegian Helsinki Committee
-Norwegian authorities should contribute to Europe enacting Magnitsky type legislation, said Gunnar M. Ekeløve-Slydal, Deputy Secretary General. – There is need for new ways of addressing the very serious human rights violations that take place in Russia from the part of European governments and institutions. Magnitsky legislation may prove to be an efficient supplement to regional and international human rights mechanisms. Norway should signal support of the EU enacting Magnitsky type legislation.
Today, 13 May 2013, eight years have passed since the horrific massacre of civilians by government forces in the Uzbek town of Andijan. In spite of repeated calls from the international community, Uzbekistan still refuses to carry out an independent investigation.
The film festival Human Rights Human Wrongs, Scandinavia’s only film festival dedicated to human rights, was arranged for the fourth time February 6-10. Speakers included Alma Masic from the organization Youth Initiative for Human Rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina and NHC staff Akhmed Gisaev and Inna Sangadzhiyeva. In cooperation with the Center for Studies of Holocaust and Religious Minorities, the NHC also arranged visits by Alma Masic to two high schools to promote and inform about the project “Srebrenica: Mapping Genocide”.
Bosnisk -serbiske Zadravko Tolimir ble 12.12.2012 dømt til livsvarig fengsel og funnet skyldig i blant annet folkemord ved Srebrenica og i tvungen befolkningsforflytning fra Srebernica og Zepa i FNs krigsforbryterdomstol for det tidligere Jugoslavia i Haag (ICTY).
Norwegian Helsinki Committee has written a letter concerning a forthcoming lecture by Milorad Dodik, President of Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Colombia University. The letter points to Colombia University's responsibilities to challenge Mr Dodik on his denials of genocide in Srebrenica as well as his obstructions of war crimes prosecutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina.