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NHC presents documentaries about Belarusian political prisoners


Exit ban prohibits the sick from leaving the country for medical treatment

Turkmenistan:

Exit ban prohibits the sick from leaving the country for medical treatment

The Norwegian Helsinki Committee is deeply concerned over the continued reports of travel bans imposed on several groups of citizens of Turkmenistan, prohibiting them from leaving their home country.

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Bli en menneskerettighets- forsvarer du også!

Helsingforskomiteen 35 år:

Bli en menneskerettighets- forsvarer du også!

I 35 år har Den norske Helsingforskomité arbeidet for demokrati og menneskerettigheter. Kampen er ennå ikke vunnet, men pågår i dag. I denne kampen kan du bidra: Den norske Helsingforskomité trenger din støtte i kampen for menneskerettigheter i Europa!

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Helsingforskomiteen til regjeringen:

Fortsett innsatsen for menneskerettigheter og demokrati på Vest-Balkan

(21/01-2011) Helsingforskomiteen peker på at fortsatt støtte til demokrati og menneskerettigheter trengs på Vest-Balkan. Rettsoppgjør etter grove overgrep og styrking av sivilsamfunn med sterke og kritiske organisasjoner bør prioriteres, ikke minst i Kosovo og Bosnia og Hercegovina, skriver komiteen i et brev til Utenriksdepartementet som innspill til arbeidet med en ny stortingsmelding om norsk vestbalkanpolitikk.Stortingsmeldingen er ventet våren 2011.

Draft law on foreign funded civil society raises concern

Russia:

Draft law on foreign funded civil society raises concern

“The new draft law introducing amendments to the regulations of civil society organisations, having it first reading in the Duma today, could have serious negative consequences for Russian organisations”, said Gunnar Ekeløve-Slydal, Deputy Secretary General. “The amendments were introduced only on 29 June. Time should be given in order to have a genuine public debate, including civil society organisations.”

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New movie on the crime group that killed Magnitsky

Russia:

New movie on the crime group that killed Magnitsky

The 16 November 2009 death of Sergei L. Magnitsky in a Russian prison remains one of Russia’s emblematic cases. Magnitsky was a lawyer, accountant and tax partner at Moscow law firm Firestone Duncan that detected massive theft by an organised crime group, involving Russian authorities. The new movie details some of the crimes of the group, whose members still remain protected at the highest levels.

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Kasakhstan: stabiliteten slår sprekker?

Seminar:

Kasakhstan: stabiliteten slår sprekker?

Det olje- og gassrike Kasakhstan har lenge vore kjend som det best utvikla landet i Sentral-Asia, utan etnisk eller anna uro og med stabil økonomisk utvikling. President Nasarbajev har styrt landet sidan 1989, og med referanse til stabilitet og økonomisk framgang har både innbyggjarane og det internasjonale samfunnet stort sett latt Nasarbajev styre utan innblanding. Men så gjekk ei gruppe oljearbeidarar i det vestlege Kasakhstan i mai 2011 i streik for å få den løna og arbeidsforholda dei meinte dei hadde krav på etter lova. I sju månader var det ingen som brydde seg særskild om dei streikande, før dei skrekkelege nyhenda kom den 16.desember 2011: minst 17 menneske var drepne og fleire skadde i opptøyar mellom streikande og politistyrkar i den vesle byen Zhanaozen i ørkenen. Korleis kunne ein grunnleggjande arbeidskonflikt om lovregulert løn og arbeidsforhold gå så langt?

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Raids and arrests in Almaty after the departure of election observers

Kazakhstan:

Raids and arrests in Almaty after the departure of election observers

The Norwegian Helsinki Committee is disappointed to learn of raids and arrests of opposition politicians and journalists in Almaty, Kazakhstan on 23 January 2012. The arrests are connected to the ongoing investigation of the events in Zhanozen on 16 December 2011.- Authorities seem intent on cracking down on remaining opposition rather than to carry out a transparent investigation to establish responsibility for the many deaths during these tragic events, says Secretary General of the Norwegian Helsinki Committee Bjørn Engesland.

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Another black day in Minsk: Ales Bialiatski's appeal turned down

Belarus:

Another black day in Minsk: Ales Bialiatski's appeal turned down

On January 24, the cassation appeal against the verdict of the Pershamaiski District Court of Minsk, of Ales Bialiatski, Head of the Human Rights Centre “Viasna” in Belarus, Vice-president of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and one of the founders of the Belarusian Human Rights House in exile, left the sentence against Ales Bialiatski in force: 4.5 years imprisonment in a higher security colony and confiscation of properties. The latter disregards the fact that all the taxes and penalties imposed on Ales Bialiatski have been fully paid by the time of the appeal hearing. The same day, "Viasna" had to vacates their offices through almost twelve years.

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Uneven playing field and violations despite promises

Kazakhstan elections:

Uneven playing field and violations despite promises

On Sunday 15 January, Kazakhstan held early Parliamentary elections after President Nazarbayev expressed that more than one party now should be represented in Parliament and law amendments were made to provide for this. However, despite promises of democratization and the recent period as chair of the OSCE, several violations took place and did not allow for a fair and democratic competition for the seats in Parliament.

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Uneven playing field and violations despite promises

Kazakhstan elections:

Uneven playing field and violations despite promises

On Sunday 15 January, Kazakhstan held early Parliamentary elections after President Nazarbayev expressed that more than one party now should be represented in Parliament and law amendments were made to provide for this. However, despite promises of democratization and the recent period as chair of the OSCE, several violations took place and did not allow for a fair and democratic competition for the seats in Parliament.

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