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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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NHC inputs to the Preparatory meeting EU-Azerbaijan Human Rights Subcommittee

Azerbaijan - EU:

NHC inputs to the Preparatory meeting EU-Azerbaijan Human Rights Subcommittee

In connection with today’s meeting in preparation of the upcoming meeting of the EU-Azerbaijan Subcommittee on Justice, Liberty, Security and Human Rights and Democracy (Brussels, 24-25 November 2011) the Norwegian Helsinki Committee participates while presenting a paper outlining some the main challenges of human rights in Azerbaijan. We have in particular emphasized the deficiencies in the rule of law and the sharp increase in the number of political prisoners in the country. We also present a list of political prisoners and bring up the lawless situation in the Autonomous republic of Nakhchivan.

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Faktasøkende reise til Kosovo

Kosovo:

Faktasøkende reise til Kosovo

En delegasjon av Helsingforskomiteer fra Norge, Albania og Serbia er denne uken i Kosovo for å undersøke forholdene for minoriteter og deres rettsvern i Kosovo. Situasjonen er politisk sett mer tilspisset enn på lenge på grunn av konflikt om kontroll over grensestasjoner i det nordlige Kosovo hvor flere personer er drept og veisperringer er satt opp. Delegasjonen skal blant annet se på hvordan dette påvirker minoritetens stilling og trygghet og å påvirke ansvarlige myndigheter. Programmet omfatter besøk til serbiske enklaver og bosetninger for Romabefolkningen i tillegg til politiske møter med en rekke parlamentarikere, innenriksministeren, utenriksdepartementet, sentrale diplomater og internasjonale organisasjoner.

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Presidential elections in Kyrgyzstan passed without serious violations, but Southern candidates express discontent

Kyrgyzstan:

Presidential elections in Kyrgyzstan passed without serious violations, but Southern candidates express discontent

In Kyrgyzstan, the previous Prime Minister Almazbek Atambayev has received approximately 63% of the votes in Presidential Elections that were found mostly free and fair by the observers. Violations in the electoral process were mainly related to the voter’s lists, where a significant number of the voters could not find their name and thus could not vote.

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38 organizations from 16 countries condemn the continuing repressions against civil society in Belarus

Belarus:

38 organizations from 16 countries condemn the continuing repressions against civil society in Belarus

Since 15 June 2011, at least 1730 people have been arrested during the peaceful demonstrations in Belarus. Thirty eight international human rights organisations united in their call upon the Belarusian authorities to immediately release the demonstrators from prisons.

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