During a conference on Strengthening Human Rights in Russia organized by the Norwegian Helsinki Committee in cooperation with
Amnesty International Norway in Oslo on September 19-22 this year, a resolution on establishing the Natalia Estemirova Documentation
Center was adopted by a group of nine leading Russian and international human rights organizations.
Request for immediate and unconditional release of Eynulla Emin Fatullayev
(26/04-2010) In a letter to the government of Azerbaijan, the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, together with members of the Human
Rights House Network call upon the Azerbaijani authorities to immediately execute the decision of the European Court of Human
Rights from 22 April 2010 in the case ‘Fatullayev v. Azerbaijan’ (application no 40984/07), to release the journalist from
detention and compensate him for the damages he has suffered.
A common statement on human rights in Azerbaijan
(22/06-2010) In connection with the June 2010 session of the Council of Europa Parliamentary assembly (PACE) the Norwegian
Helsinki Committee and Human Rights House Foundation have initiated an update of our joint statement on the human rights situation
in Azerbaijan. The statement was delivered to all PACE delegations as well as key rapporteurs and experts during the session.
Grave attack against freedom of expression
(11/05-2010) Together with the Human Rights House Foundation, Norwegian PEN, English PEN, Norwegian Union of Journalists,
Rafto Foundation, Index of Censorship and ARTICLE 19, the Norwegian Helsinki Committee condemn the illegal confiscation of
material and documentary footage from the Norwegian filmmaker Erling Borgen and the cameraman Dag Inge Dahl in Baku Airport
on May 6, 2010. We call upon Azerbaijani authorities to honour Azerbaijan’s international human rights obligations and restore
the seized property to the owners.
(29/06-2010) On 24 June, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) adopted Resolution 1750 on the functioning
of democratic institutions in Azerbaijan. ARTICLE 19, the Human Rights House Foundation, the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom
and Safety, and the Norwegian Helsinki Committee welcome the adoption of the resolution. We call upon the Azerbaijani government
to implement the recommendations contained in the resolution, and urge PACE to sustain its efforts to monitor the human rights
situation in Azerbaijan.
(01/10-2010) The Norwegian Helsinki Committee will be very active during the Warsaw Human Dimension Session of the 2010 OSCE
Review conference the first week of October. This is the first part of a three-part review conference ahead of the OSCE Summit
to be held in Astana on 1-2 December 2010, in which NHC also will take part. Project-coordinator Lene Wetteland and recently
appointed program manager of our Almaty office Parvina Abduvakhobova will be at the conference and will present several NHC
A call for the release of editor Eynullah Fatullayev
(22/10-2010) -We call upon your government to fully comply with the European Court of Human Rights’ judgment, including by
immediately and unconditionally releasing Mr Fatullayev. We further urge your government to do its utmost to ensure Mr Fatullayev’s
health and safety in detention, in accordance with Azerbaijan’s international legal obligations. Eleven international NGOs,
including Norwegian Helsinki Committee, today urges the President of Azerbaijan to comply with the judgment of the European
Court of Human Rights. On 4 October the Azerbaijani Government's request for a referral to the Grand Chamber was rejected
by the Court, and the imprisoned editor is now on a hunger strike. In July, Fatullayev was convicted on new and highly improbable
charges, this time for drug possession while in prison.
President Ilham Aliyev The Presidential Palace Istiqlaliyyat Street 19 Baku 1066 Azerbaijan
Via facsimile: +994 12 492 3543 and +994 12 492 0625 Via e-mail: email@example.com
Dear President Aliyev,
ARTICLE 19, Committee to Protect Journalists, Freedom House, Human Rights House Foundation, Index on Censorship, Institute
for War and Peace Reporting, International Federation of Journalists, Media Diversity Institute, Norwegian Helsinki Committee,
and Reporters Without Borders are writing to express our strong concern regarding the continued imprisonment of Editor-in-chief
Eynulla Fatullayev, which constitutes a breach of Azerbaijan’s international legal obligations and a violation of Mr Fatullayev’s
As a member state of the Council of Europe and a party to the European Convention on Human Rights, Azerbaijan is obligated
to comply with judgments of the European Court of Human Rights. As you are aware, on 22 April this year, the European Court
ruled that Mr Fatullayev’s imprisonment constituted a violation of his freedom of expression and right to a fair trial and
ordered the Azerbaijani Government to immediately release him and to pay him €27,822 for damages and legal expenses. Since
the request of the Azerbaijani Government to have the case referred to the Grand Chamber was rejected on 4 October, the European
Court’s decision in the case has become effective.
We are deeply disturbed by the latest charge against Mr Fatullayev of drug possession, for which he currently remains in prison.
As Miklos Haraszti publicly stated as OSCE Representative for Freedom of the Media in December 2009, this charge is “highly
improbable”, and “aimed at pre-empting the European Court of Human Rights’ [then] expected verdict”.
We call upon your government to fully comply with the European Court of Human Rights’ judgment, including by immediately and
unconditionally releasing Mr Fatullayev. We further urge your government to do its utmost to ensure Mr Fatullayev’s health
and safety in detention, in accordance with Azerbaijan’s international legal obligations.
Agnès Callamard, Executive Director, ARTICLE 19 Joel Simon, Executive Director, Committee to Protect Journalists Paula Schriefer, Director of Advocacy, Freedom House Ane Tusvik Bonde, Regional Manager for Eastern Europe and the Caucasus, Human Rights House Foundation Rohan Jayasekera, Associate Editor and Deputy Chief Executive, Index on Censorship Tony Borden, Executive Director, Institute for War and Peace Reporting Aidan White, General Secretary, International Federation of Journalists Milica Pesic, Executive Director, Media Diversity Institute Bjørn Engesland, Secretary General, Norwegian Helsinki Committee Jean-François Julliard, Secretary General, Reporters Without Borders Virginie Jouan, Executive Director, Press Freedom and Media Development, World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers
CC: Minister of Justice Fikrat Mammadov Inshaatchilar Avenue 1 Baku, Azerbaijan Via facsimile: +994 12 430 0981 Via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Continued violations of freedom of expression in Azerbaijan::
(17/11-2010) Last week, the Azerbaijani Supreme Court decided that imprisoned opposition editor Eynullah Fattullayev would
not be released from prison, despite repeated calls from the Council of Europe and other international organisations. In April
this year, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the sentence issued in 2007 of 8 ½ years imprisonment for, amongst
other, terrorism and defamation, had violated his right to freedom of expression and a fair trial. The Azerbaijani government
brought the decision to the Court’s Grand Chamber, from which it was dismissed.
(10/12-2010) The Norwegian Helsinki Committee is among the members of the International Partnership Group for Azerbaijan who
is deeply concerned by the Azerbaijani government’s failure to comply with the European Court of Human Rights’ judgment in
the case of imprisoned Azerbaijani journalist Eynulla Fatullayev. These international organisations welcome the Council of
Europe Committee of Ministers’ recent decision in Fatullayev’s case and call on the Azerbaijani government to mark International
Human Rights Day by immediately and unconditionally releasing Fatullayev from prison.
(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
(06/12-2010) -On the surface we have been seeing a different kind of Lukashenko the last few months, with less tension, repressions
and sense of intimidation, both Tatiana Reviaka and Pavel Sheremet noted during the seminar at the House of Literature.
(09/12-2010) A large number of Serbian human rights activists have signed a petition in which they strongly disapprove their
government’s decision to boycott the ceremony of The Nobel Peace Prize bestowal on Liu Xiaobo.
(15/09-2010) I en fullsatt prøvesal i Det norske teatret mottok Svetlana Vitkovskaja, Rosa Akylbekova og Yurij Gussakov på
vegne av prisvinnerne Jevgeny Zhovtis og Kazakhstan International Bureau for Human Rights and Rule of Law. Prisutdelingen
ble en seremoni til inspirasjon og ettertanke, som viste hvordan enkeltpersoner tar høy risiko ved sitt arbeid for fremme
av menneskerettigheter og demokrati i mange av de land Den norske Helsingforskomité arbeider i.
(26/11-2010) The Norwegian Helsinki Committee's new report Persona Non Grata: The CIS ban system for human rights defenders
and journalists, shows that over the past several years, six members of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) have
developed a common system reminiscent of the Schengen system in Europe, where individuals who are denied entry to one of the
six member states automatically are denied entry to the others.
The general impressions from observing the parliamentary elections in Kyrgyzstan are positive, NHC election observer Parvina
Abduvakhobova in Bishkek concludes. Even though security and stability in the country remains a major concern, election day
was peaceful and the election campaign period was active.
(20/12-2010) - Med det rå angrepet på fredelige demonstranter, inklusive sentrale opposisjonsledere, i Minsk i etterkant av
valget 19. desember, viser regimet i Hviterussland sitt sanne ansikt, sier generalsekretær Bjørn Engesland.
(16/12-2010) Grunnleggende forutsetninger for å kunne gjennomføre valg blir systematisk begrenset i Hviterussland under president
Alexander Lukasjenko, sier Bjørn Engesland, som tidligere denne uken ble nektet visum til Hviterussland.
(14/12-2010) International and Russian human rights organizations have sent a letter to the President of the Parliamentary
Assembly of the Council of Europe expressing concern with the lack of effective implementation of its resolution 1738 (2010)
on Legal remedies for human rights defenders in North Caucasus.
(08/10-2010)- We hope that the Nobel Peace prize to Liu Xiaobo will contribute to improving the situation for him and other
human rights defenders in China, says Bjørn Engesland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Helsinki Committee.
(08/10-2010) Vi håper at Nobels fredspris til Liu Xiaobo vil bidra til å bedre hans og andre menneskerettighetsforkjemperes
situasjon i Kina, sier Bjørn Engesland, generalsekretær i Den norske Helsingforskomité.
(07/10-2010) Today, on 7 October, it is four years since the prominent and courageous Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya
was shot and killed at the entrance of her apartment in Moscow. We remember Anna particularly for her commitment in Chechnya.
(05/10-2010) Helsingforskomiteen observerte valgene i Bosnia og Hercegovina søndag 3. oktober 2010 i samarbeid med Helsingforskomiteen
i Bosnia og Hercegovina som hadde over 200 observatører ute på valgdagen.
(16/09-2010) Several non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Moscow -- among them partners of the Norwegian Helsinki Committee
such as Moscow Helsinki Group, Memorial, GOLOS, Human Rights Watch, and Centre for Human Rights and Democracy – received letters
from the Prosecutor's Office late on September 13. They were requested to present all documents detailing their activities
early the next day.
(13/09-2010) Mr. Jan Braathu, the Norwegian Ambassador in Bosnia Herzegovina, took part at the conference Intercultural understanding
and human rights at Universities in Bosnia Herzegovina in Sarajevo. The aim of the conference was to support the establishment
of the electoral subject Intercultural understanding and Human rights.
(07/09-2010) –Den norske Helsingforskomité er svært stolt over å kunne presentere et uvanlig spennende program for årets prisutdeling,
med både hviterussisk undergrunnsteater og Erling Borgens nye dokumentarfilm fra Aserbajdsjan.
(02/09-2010) Sammen med en rekke andre organisasjoner lanserte Den norske Helsingforskomité 31. august en bred kampanje for
å sette fokus på papirløses situasjon med en heldagskonferanse på Litteraturhuset i Oslo.
(26/08-2010) Lev Ponomarev, the Russian human rights activist and the leader of the movement “For Human Rights” was arrested
yesterday and got three days administrative punishment under article 19.3 Administrative Offences Code of the Russian Federation
(charged with “insubordination to legal order of a policeman”).
(29/07-2010) En dom fra Oslo Byfogdembete 12. juli, samt nye rapporter fra Landinfo og Europarådet tyder på at UDIs praksis
i de såkalte ”tsjetsjenske sakene” bringer UDI, og til dels UNE, på kollisjonskurs med relevant landinformasjon. I et brev
til UDI oppfordrer Den norske Helsingforskomité UDI til å justere sin praksis slik at den blir i tråd med relevant informasjon
om situasjonen i Nord-Kaukasus.
(08/07-2010) The NGO coalition of Freedom House, Global Witness, the Norwegian Helsinki Committee and the Eurasian Democracy
Initiative organised a lunch time event in the vicinity of the OSCE PA meeting in Oslo yesterday.
(22/06-2010) (Osh, 21 June 2010) Observers from The Norwegian Helsinki Committee and Human Rights Center Memorial arrived on Monday 21
June in Nariman village in the Kara-Suu region of Osh province immediately after the end of a special operation to search
for weapons in the homes of local residents.
(22/06-2010) In connection with the June 2010 session of the Council of Europa Parliamentary assembly (PACE) the Norwegian Helsinki Committee
and Human Rights House Foundation have initiated an update of our joint statement on the human rights situation in Azerbaijan.
(11/06-2010) Den internasjonale straffedomstolen for det tidligere Jugoslavia (ICTY) viser i sin dom mot syv bosnisk-serbere i dag igjen
til at det var en plan om å begå folkemord og massedrap på "så mange muslimske menn fra Srebrenica som mulig, så raskt som
(09/06-2010) -Norway has a strong commitment to international criminal justice. There must be no impunity for genocide, said Gry Larsen,
State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the seminar Srebrenica 10 years on hosted by the Norwegian Helsinki
Committee on June 3.
(12/05-2010) The criminal investigation in Vienna into the murder of Chechen refugee Umar Israilov has uncovered the names of close aides
of Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, as well as the President himself.
(12/05-2010) -Kazakhstan, the current chair of the OSCE, does not fully abide with OSCE human rights standards, the Norwegian Helsinki
Committee and the Oslo Center say in a mutual statement made in Astana, Kazakhstan today.
(11/05-2010) Together with the Human Rights House Foundation, Norwegian PEN, English PEN, Norwegian Union of Journalists, Rafto Foundation,
Index of Censorship and ARTICLE 19, the Norwegian Helsinki Committee condemn the illegal confiscation of material and documentary
footage from the Norwegian filmmaker Erling Borgen and the cameraman Dag Inge Dahl in Baku Airport on May 6, 2010.
The Norwegian Helsinki Committee commends Kyrgyzstan on having gone through with the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the
UN Human Rights Council, in spite of the difficult situation currently facing the Interim Government at home.
(04/05-2010) In a letter to the leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Sayed `Ali Khamenei, the Norwegian Helsinki Committee,
together with the seven other organisations of the Human Rights House in Oslo and the Oslo Center for Peace and Huamn Rights,
call upon the Iranian authorities to immediately release Kaveh Ghasemi Kermanshahi, as he is solely detained for his peaceful
human rights activities.
(04/05-2010) Police shut down the roads, traffic and malls around the State Oil Academy in the Azerbaijani capital Baku in an attempt to
prevent the commemoration of the anniversary of the shooting rampage at the Academy, where the lone gunman killed 12 and wounded
dozens on 30 April last year.
29/04-2010 - We should challenge governments to become bolder in criticising abuses and standing up for human rights defenders, and
we should strengthen our support and protection for human rights defenders who face intimidation and attacks, said secretary
general in the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, Bjørn Engesland, in his presentation at the Oslo Freedom Forum's last day.
(26/04-2010) I anledning president Medvedevs statsbesøk arrangerer Amnesty International, Human Rights House Foundation og Den norske Helsingforskomitè
en protestmarkering mot menneskerettighetsbrudd og straffefrihet i Russland foran Stortinget i morgen, 27.april, kl. 8.00.
Request for immediate and unconditional release of Eynulla Emin Fatullayev
(26/04-2010) In a letter to the government of Azerbaijan, the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, together with members of the Human Rights House
Network call upon the Azerbaijani authorities to immediately execute the decision of the European Court of Human Rights from
22 April 2010 in the case ‘Fatullayev v. Azerbaijan’ (application no 40984/07), to release the journalist from detention and
compensate him for the damages he has suffered.
(21/04-2010) I anledning av at Russlands president Dmitrij Medvedev kommer til Norge den 27. og 28. april har Helsingforkomiteen gjennom
et brev og et notat bedt om at statsminister Jens Stoltenberg tar opp menneskerettigheter med Medvedev.
(19/04-2010) In a letter sent to the President of the Republic of Belarus, Mr Alexander Lukashenko, the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, together
with 50 other organisations, condemns the execution of Mr. Andrei Zhuk and Mr. Vasily Yuzepchuk.
(19/04-2010) The Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPs) is an important initiative, addressing the issue of balancing
security needs while respecting human rights and fundamental freedoms.
(06/04-2010) Norsk organisasjon for asylsøkere (NOAS), Den norske Helsingforskomité og Amnesty International Norge har med uro fulgt den
siste tids diskusjon mellom enkeltmedlemmer av Utlendingsnemndas stornemnd og Utlendingsnemndas (UNE) direktør Terje Sjeggestad.
(26/03-2010) Over ten years have passed since Yeltsin announced a second full ground offensive against Chechnya with the words “we want
to end once and for all the centre of international terrorism in Chechnya.”
NHC condemns the detention of human rights activists
In a letter to the President of the Republic of Belarus Mr. Alexander Lukashenko, the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, together
with Civil Rights Defenders, Human Rights House Foundation and The Human Rights House Vilnius condemn the detention of activists
of the Human Rights Center 'Viasna' Ales Bialiatski, Valiantsin Stefanovich and Iryna Toustsik, as yet another case in which
the right of peaceful and freedom of speech are severly restricted by Belarusian authorities.
Raids against prominent Charter97 and Narodnaya Volya
(18/03-2010) On the Day of Solidarity in Belarus, March 16th, searches were carried out in the offices of the web-site charter97.org and
in the office of the independent newspaper Narodnaya Volya.
In addition, searches were held in the private apartment of the leader of ‘European Belarus’ and the founder of Charter 97
Andrei Sannikov and his wife, the journalist Iryna Khalip and the Narodnaya Volya journalist Natalya Radzina. The editor–in-chief
of the charter97 web-page, Natalya Radzina, was beaten during the raid.The searches were carried out by masked special forces
of the KGB, and the same evening searches were also carried out in the homes of other staff of Charter97. All office equipment,
including computers, was seized at the raid. The Norwegian Helsinki Committee condemns the raid.
Andrey Sannikov, who on 14 March announced that he will run for presidency against president Lukashenko at next years’ presidential
elections, calls the crack-down ‘a meaningful attempt of authorities to hamper work of one of the most popular Belarusian
news site and intimidate both its workers and readers.’ Sannikov assures that the work of charter97 will continue despite
the difficulties. Current events show that Lukashenkos regime is as a repressive one and not improving. In addition to the
raid against Belarusian media, the trial against the political prisoner Mikalai Autokovich is in process at the Supreme Court,
and the proceedings of the trials again show that Autokovich is not granted a fair trial. On the 16th of March, a Solidarity
Day rally was disbanded and several protesters arrested.
(22/02-2010) A group of human rights organisations condemn the pressure and intimidation exerted by Georgian authorities against leading
investigative journalist Vakhtang Komakhidze, and denounce a continuous defamation campaign against Mr. Komakhidze.
(18/02-2010) The system for the protection of human rights in Europe is under scrutiny. States are examining the European Court of Human
Rights at a Conference in Interlaken in Switzerland 18-19 February 2010.
(22/02-2010) In a letter to Jonas Gahr Støre, Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, the NGO forum for human rights presents recommendations
on issues of concern during this years’ sessions in the UN Human Rights Council, the UN General Assembly and in Norway’s bilateral
(27/01-2010) This week the Norwegian Helsinki Committee presents its report Azerbaijan's Dark Island: Human Rights violations in Nakchivan
at the winter session of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE).
(21/01-2010) The Russian State Duma voted 15 January 2010 in favor of a draft law ratifying Protocol 14 of The European Convention of Human
Rights (ECHR), after delaying ratification for more than three years.
(08/02-2010) OSSEs internasjonale observatører har i dag slått fast at både første og andre omgang av årets presidentvalg i Ukraina har
vært gjennomført på en meget god måte, i skarp kontrast til forrige presidentvalg i 2004.
(05/02-2010) Today, February 5, it is 10 years ago since the St. Petersburg special police carried out an operation of ethnic cleansing
in the village of New Aldy of Zavodskoi district in the city of Grozny.
(04/02-2010) The newspaper “Svoboda Slova” (Freedom of Speech) was today confiscated by the City Administration of Almaty because of its
coverage of corruption claims against President Nazarbayev’s son in law, Timur Askarovich Kulebayev.
(03/02-2010) The Norwegian Helsinki Committee is pleased to note media reports that the Norwegian parliamentarian Erna Solberg, the Conservative
party leader, has nominated the Russian NGO ‘Memorial’ and Svetlana Gannushkina to the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize.
(02/02-2010) Every month, on the 31st, Russian activists demonstrate in support of the article 31 of the Russian Constitution, which guarantees
the right of the Russian citizens …’to gather peacefully, without weapons, and to hold meetings, rallies, demonstrations,
marches and pickets’.
29/01-2010 I samband med at Jonas Gahr Støre og H.K.H. Kronprins Haakon vitjar Kasakhstan og deltek på opninga av den norske ambassaden
i Astana den 5. februar 2010, så har Den norske Helsingforskomité laga innspel til Utenriksminster Støre og stassekretær i
Olje - og Energidepartementet Robin Martin Kåss om dei mest sentrale menneskerettslege utfordringar i Kasakhstan.