The Oslo Magnitsky Hearing

Invitation:

The Oslo Magnitsky Hearing

A unique international hearing in Oslo November 22 will discuss human rights challenges in corrupt authoritarian states.

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Poems from the Disappeared

Turkmenistan:

Poems from the Disappeared

A beautiful yet chilling collection of translated poetry by one of the disappeared in Turkmenistan has been published.

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-Sats mer på menneskerettigheter, Erna!

- Sats mer på menneskerettigheter, Erna!

Klar melding i brev fra 21 organisasjoner til den nye Solberg-regjeringen: Legg om kursen for menneskerettigheter.

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Global debatt om straff

Nytt initiativ:

Global debatt om straff

Helsingforskomiteen er med på å diskutere grunnlaget for internasjonal strafferett.

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Dette mener partiene om menneskerettigheter

Valg 2017:

Dette mener partiene om menneskerettigheter

Partiene får fra terningkast to til fem for sin innsats for menneskerettigheter. Amnesty og Helsingforskomiteen har gjennomgått partiprogrammene.

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Det norske valget sett gjennom diktaturets briller

Valg 2017:

Det norske valget sett gjennom diktaturets briller

- Det er viktig å ha eit kritisk blikk utanfrå på det demokratiet me tar for gitt her heime, seier Bjørn Engesland i Helsingforskomiteen. Han har invitert 26 internasjonale observatørar til Stortingsvalget.

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Today’s Russia: Torture and slavery exposed

Anna Politkovskaya seminar 2017:

Today’s Russia: Torture and slavery exposed

NOAS, NHC and FRI wish to invite you to an open seminar in memory of Anna Politkovskaya, the investigative journalist of Novaya Gazeta, who would have been 59 years old on 30 August had she not been brutally murdered for her work in 2006. Her brave work to expose human rights abuse in Chechnya and North Caucasus has inspired many journalists in Russia, and the Norwegian Helsinki Committee commemorates her legacy every year with a relevant seminar.

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37 human rights organizations from 18 countries protest Kyrgyzstan entry denial to Memorial staff

Kyrgyzstan:

37 human rights organizations from 18 countries protest Kyrgyzstan entry denial to Memorial staff

The July 9 decision of the government of Kyrgyzstan to deny Vitaliy Ponomarev, Central Asia Programme Director for Human Rights Center Memorial, entry to the country was wrong and raises deep concern as to its motivation, members of the Civic Solidarity Platform said in a statement.

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A letter to UN Secretary-General António Guterres ahead of Tajikistan visit

Tajikistan:

A letter to UN Secretary-General António Guterres ahead of Tajikistan visit

Together with Civil Rights Defenders, Sweden, and Freedom Now, USA, NHC has written a letter to the UN Secretary-General António Guterres ahead of his visit to Tajikistan, reminding him of the grave human rights situation and the negative development in the country. Since 2014, the Tajik government has undertaken a widespread crackdown to dismantle and discredit the country’s peaceful political opposition.

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Report on the observation of the trial against Dr. Serdar Küni

Turkey:

Report on the observation of the trial against Dr. Serdar Küni

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.

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Stans overgrepene i Tsjetsjenia

Helsingforskomiteen, FRI og Amnesty:

Stans overgrepene i Tsjetsjenia

Nyheten om systematiske arrestasjoner, tortur og drap på antatt homofile menn i Tsjetsjenia kom første april, og rystet en hel verden. Den norske Helsingforskomité, Foreningen FRI og Amnesty International Norge ber i dagens VG russiske myndigheter om umiddelbart å iverksette tiltak for å stoppe overgrepene og trusler mot journalistene som har fortalt mennenes historier. I morges demonstrerte vi utenfor den russiske ambassaden og ba om full etterforskning av forholdene.

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2017 Oslo Freedom Forum opened!

Norway:

2017 Oslo Freedom Forum opened!

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.

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Terskelen for å frata statsborgerskap bør være høyere

Norge:

Terskelen for å frata statsborgerskap bør være høyere

Den siste tiden har det vært intens debatt om tilbakekall av statsborgerskap. Grunnen til at debatten har oppstått er at Regjeringen har gitt UDI i oppdrag å granske flere saker. Noen av beslutningene til UDI/UNE har skapt sterke reaksjoner. Det er fremmet forslag om at tilbakekall bare kan skje ved dom, at det må innføres foreldelsesfrist og at barn ikke skal miste statsborgerskapet på grunn av foreldres lovbrudd. Stortinget vurderer lovendringene.

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Domestic observers find elections non-free and accompanied by wide-spread control of voters

Armenia:

Domestic observers find elections non-free and accompanied by wide-spread control of voters

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.

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NHC participates in Russian-Ukrainian dialogue roundtable

Civil society for dialogue in Ukraine:

NHC participates in Russian-Ukrainian dialogue roundtable

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.

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Newspaper editor freed after being held for 18 years

Uzbekistan:

Newspaper editor freed after being held for 18 years

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.

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US, EU Should Consider Sanctions

Tajikistan:

US, EU Should Consider Sanctions

– 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.

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What next after the list of political prisoners?

Azerbaijan:

What next after the list of political prisoners?

A new list of political prisoners has been published. International actors, who care enough on Azerbaijan, must ensure that its actions match its words: They should refer to the list of political prisoners of Azerbaijan if they are serious about their stated commitment to promote and protect democracy and human rights in Azerbaijan. Especially in a non-democratic country like Azerbaijan, where no separation of powers and no independent judicial system exists, they should acts as a democratic judiciary, highlighting human rights abuses and demanding an end to them. A serious increased international attentions and a renewed burst of efforts for the release of political prisoners is must.

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Ubehaget i kultur-journalistikken

Magnitskij-saken:

Ubehaget i kultur-journalistikken

Norske kulturredaksjoner er enten uten vilje eller evne til å skjelne løgn fra journalistikk. Resirkulert propaganda får terningkast fem og Fritt Ord er mikrofonstativ. Av Gunnar Ekeløve-Slydal og Aage Borchgrevink.
Publisert på VG+ 19.11.2016

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Norges nei svekker svekker menneskerettighetene

Norge:

Norges nei svekker svekker menneskerettighetene

Regjeringen ønsker ikke at Norge skal knytte seg til individklageordningene i FN for barnets rettigheter, for rettighetene til personer med nedsatt funksjonsevne og for økonomiske, sosiale og kulturelle rettigheter. Helsingforskomitéen og Amnesty beklager dette og mener dette bryter med en hovedlinje i norsk menneskerettighetspolitikk. Under finner du hele høringsinnspillet fra Den norske Helsingforskomité og Amnesty som blir presentert for Stortingets utenriks- og forsvarskomité på morgendagens høring for «Meld. St. 39: Individklageordningene til FNs konvensjoner om økonomiske, sosiale og kulturelle rettigheter, barnets rettigheter og rettighetene til mennesker med nedsatt funksjonsevne (2015-2016)».

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NHC launches podcast

Podcast:

NHC launches podcast

The NHC is proud to announce that we today are launching our first podcast. The podcast series "Human Rights in Focus" will shed light on some of the most pressing human rights challenges we are facing in Europe today. In this first episode we are discussing the situation for human rights in Azerbaijan with prominent human rights activist Leyla Yunus. She is joined by NHCs senior adviser and Azerbaijan expert Berit Lindeman.

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14th World Day against the Death Penalty

Terrorism and Death Penalty:

14th World Day against the 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.

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Observing Georgia Parliamentary Elections 2016: Democratic gains at stake

Georgia:

Observing Georgia Parliamentary Elections 2016: Democratic gains at stake

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.

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Tajikistan’s Human Rights Crisis: Responses to Dushanbe’s Political Crackdown

HDIM Side event:

Tajikistan’s Human Rights Crisis: Responses to Dushanbe’s Political Crackdown

NHC co-organises a OSCE/HDIM side-event at Hotel Sofitel, Warsaw
Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 1-2:45pm
Sponsored by Human Rights Watch, Norwegian Helsinki Committee, and Association for Human Rights in Central Asia

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Å tegne er å se - seminar om kunst og aktivisme

Seminar:

Å tegne er å se - seminar om kunst og aktivisme

Sammen med Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo og Akershus Kunstsenter arrangerer Den norske Helsingforskomité seminaret "Å tegne er å se - seminar om kunst og aktivisme" på Litteraturhuset i Oslo mandag 19. september klokken 13-15:30. Seminaret tar utgangspunkt i utstillingen ”Drawing for Freedom” som vises på Akershus Kunstsenter i perioden 17.september- 16.oktober. I denne utstillingen stiller studenter fra Kunsthøyskolen i Oslo (KHiO) ut arbeider knyttet til temaet politiske fanger i Aserbajdsjan.

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Perspectives on elections in Russia

Report from the seminar:

Perspectives on elections in Russia

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.

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NHC becomes member of the FIDH

Oslo, Johannesburg:

NHC becomes member of the FIDH

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.

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Internasjonal høring om Magnitskij-saken - Utsatt

Høring i Oslo:

Internasjonal høring om Magnitskij-saken - Utsatt

Høringen er utsatt på ubestemt tid.

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Kjernen i Magnitskij-saken

Dokumentarfilmen "The Magnitski Act":

Kjernen i Magnitskij-saken

I en artikkel 25. mai skriver Dagbladet at «den amerikanske milliardæren» William Browder vil stanse en film av den anerkjente filmregissøren Andrei Nekrasov om Magnitskij-saken. Dagbladets artikkel etterlater et inntrykk av at vi kanskje alle har tatt feil av saken. Men det er ikke tilfelle. Sergej Magnitskij var en russisk varsler som ble torturert og drept i regi av russiske tjenestemenn. Han hadde varslet om at de samme tjenestemennene hadde orkestrert en omfattende skattesvindel av den russiske staten ved å stjele og bruke Browders investeringsselskaper.

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12 år siden tragedien i Beslan

Russland:

12 år siden tragedien i Beslan

Gisseldramaet i Beslan, Nord-Ossetia 1.-3. september 2004 i barneskole nummer 1 kostet minst 385 menneskeliv, ifølge russiske myndigheter. Blant de drepte var 334 gisler, og 186 av dem var barn. – Dessverre er Beslan symptomatisk for russiske myndigheters holdning til menneskeliv, sier Bjørn Engesland, generalsekretær.

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Fighting for accountability and democratic change in Ukraine

New Report and Seminar:

Fighting for accountability and democratic change in Ukraine

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.

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Anmeldelse av russiske tjenestemenn for tortur og drap av Sergei Magnitsky

Magnitskysaken:

Anmeldelse av russiske tjenestemenn for tortur og drap av Sergei Magnitsky

I en anmeldelse som Den norske Helsingforekomité leverer idag til Siri Frigaard, lederen av Det nasjonale statsadvokatembetet for bekjempelse av organisert og annen alvorlig kriminalitet, navngis russiske tjenestemenn mistenkt for tortur og drap av advokaten og varsleren Sergei Magnitsky: Oleg Silchenko, Dmitry Markov og Oleg Kuznetsov. Silchenko var ansvarlig tjenestemann ved det russiske innenriksdepartementet for arrestasjonen og varetektsfengslingen av Magnitsky. De to siste var overordnete tjenestemenn ved Matrosskaya Tishina varetektsfengsel der Magnitsky døde som følge av mishandling med gummikøller.

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Invitation to Side Event on Death Penalty in Belarus

6th World Congress Against Death Penalty:

Invitation to Side Event on Death Penalty in Belarus

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.

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Job Vacancy Announcement

Kazakhstan:

Job Vacancy Announcement

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.

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Webpage to free political prisoners in Europe launched

No political prisoners:

Webpage to free political prisoners in Europe launched

The Norwegian Helsinki Committee has launched a webpage with information and updates about the situation for the political prisoners in Europe.

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Den vanskelige forsoningen,  6. juni 2016, kl. 08:45-13:30

Seminar:

Den vanskelige forsoningen, 6. juni 2016, kl. 08:45-13:30

Den norske Helsingforskomité inviterer til boklansering og seminar. Utgangspunktet for boken «Forsoning – skilt langs veien», er en erkjennelse av at verdens samfunn er i stadig konflikt. Samtidig foregår det også hele tiden forsoningsprosesser. Enkeltpersoner og grupper forsoner seg med sine fiender, med en ny virkelighet, med seg selv og kanskje også med egen skyld.
Sted: «Nedjma», Litteraturhuset,Wergelandsveien 29, 0167 Oslo
Tid: 6. juni 2016, kl. 08:45-13:30

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List of political prisoners in Azerbaijan

List of political prisoners in Azerbaijan

After the recent releases in Azerbaijan, the list of political prisoners now contains 76 names.

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"To Trump the Tower or Not", that is the question: How Trump tower almost opened in Azerbaijan

Investigative report:

"To Trump the Tower or Not", that is the question: How Trump tower almost opened in Azerbaijan

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

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Drawing for Freedom exhibits at Defenders’s Days

Azerbaijan:

Drawing for Freedom exhibits at Defenders’s Days

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.

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Announcement - Small grants fund Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan:

Announcement - Small grants fund Kazakhstan

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.

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One family’s tragedy: the Yagublus

Azerbaijan:

One family’s tragedy: the Yagublus

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.

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Forsoning: Skilt langs veien

Ny bok:

Forsoning: Skilt langs veien

Seniorrådgiver i Den Norske Helsingforskomité Enver Djuliman har nylig gitt ut boken Forsoning: Skilt langs veien. Boken er utgitt på PAX forlag og byr på kunnskap som bygger på forfatterens direkte, konkrete erfaringer med forsoningsarbeid.

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Freedom of Expression & Freedom of Religion or Belief – The Case of Turkey

Conference:

Freedom of Expression & Freedom of Religion or Belief – The Case of Turkey

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.

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Human Rights Human Wrongs 2016 Kick-Off

Film festival:

Human Rights Human Wrongs 2016 Kick-Off

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.

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The Role of the University in the Building of Peace

Conference:

The Role of the University in the Building of Peace

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.

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Human rights in Turkey – moving in the wrong direction?

Seminar:

Human rights in Turkey – moving in the wrong direction?

Time: Tuesday 26 January 2016, 14:00-16:00
Venue: “Kjelleren”, Litteraturhuset, Wergelandsveien 29, Oslo
Registration: nielsen@nhc.no by Monday 25 January 12:00.

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Ny norsk praksis hindrer retten til å søke asyl

Asylrett i Norge:

Ny norsk praksis hindrer retten til å søke asyl

Den norske Helsingforskomité har sammen med Amnesty International Norway og NOAS skrevet et brev til UNHCRs representant for Nord-Europa, Pia Prytz Phiri, der vi argumenterer for at lovendringene som ble innført i utlendingsloven i november er i strid med retten til å søke asyl. Dette betyr at Norge bryter sine internasjonale forpliktelser, og kan i sin ytterste konsekvens innebære at asylsøkere med beskyttelsebehov kan bli sendt tilbake til forfølgelse, tortur og i verste fall død. Brevet ble i går også sendt til innvandrings-og integreringsminister Sylvi Listhaug, samt til alle partilederne på Stortinget.

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Drawing for Freedom project exhibits in Paris’ Hotel de Ville

Political prisoners in Azerbaijan:

Drawing for Freedom project exhibits in Paris’ Hotel de Ville

On Tuesday 8 December, 2015 more than 30 works of art produced by Norwegian artists thematically related to political prisoners in Azerbaijan were displayed at the main town hall (Hôtel de Ville) in Paris, France.

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Human rights defenders should be supported and protected, not attacked

United Nations:

Human rights defenders should be supported and protected, not attacked

On the 25 November, the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution that recognises the important role of human rights defenders.

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Guidelines on the Legal Personality of Religious or Belief Communities launched in Istanbul

Turkey:

Guidelines on the Legal Personality of Religious or Belief Communities launched in Istanbul

The Turkish translation of OSCE/ODIHR-Venice Commission Guidelines on the Legal Personality of Religious or Belief Communities was launched in Istanbul 19 November.

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Updated list of political prisoners in Armenia

Armenia:

Updated list of political prisoners in Armenia

A new list of political prisoners in Armenia has just been published. The list now comprises of 12 names. These are political activists who have used the freedom of assembly and freedom of speech to express their discontent with the current government of Armenia.

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Seminar i Anna Politkovskaja sitt minne

Seminar:

Seminar i Anna Politkovskaja sitt minne

Onsdag 7. oktober arrangerer Den norske Helsingforskomité det åpne seminaret "40 år for fred, tryggleik og menneskerettar: Helsingforserklæringa framleis høyaktuell", på Litteraturhuset i Oslo. Seminaret er vårt årlege Anna Politkovskaja seminar, og finn i år stad på dagen ni år etter at ho blei drepen utanfor sin eigen leiligheit i Moskva.

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Talk where you can´t talk

Norway:

Talk where you can´t talk

The Norwegian Helsinki Committee is arranging the open seminar "Talk where you can´t talk" at Cinemateket, Lillebil 15 September 17:00-19:00. The seminar is a part of the Oslo Fusion International Film Festival, and is organized in cooperation with LLH, the Norwegian LGBT organisation. Read more about the program below.

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Kurderne - allierte mot IS og "gode fiender"

Seminar:

Kurderne - allierte mot IS og "gode fiender"

I samarbeid med Amnesty International Norge inviterer Den norske Helsingforskomité til seminaret: Kurderne - allierte mot IS og "gode fiender". På seminaret vil den anerkjente tyrkiske sosiologen, forfatteren og tidligere politiske fangen, İsmail Beşikçi innlede om situasjonen i de kurdiske områdene i Tyrkia og i Midtøsten og om hvordan vi kan fremme en fredelig utvikling i disse områdene.

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Updated list of political prisoners in Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan:

Updated list of political prisoners in Azerbaijan

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.

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Side event at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

Strasbourg:

Side event at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

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.

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Italian newspaper article referred to NHC criticism of Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan:

Italian newspaper article referred to NHC criticism of Kazakhstan

In an article in the Italian newspaper Il Garantista, Domenico Letizia writes about legislative threats to democracy in Kazakhstan.

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Human Rights Human Wrongs 2015

Filmfestival:

Human Rights Human Wrongs 2015

I år som tidligere år er Den norske Helsingforskomité samarbeidspartner når dokumentarfilmfestivalen Human Rights Human Wrongs arrangeres på Filmens hus fra 11-15. februar.

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Behov for ny norsk rompolitikk

Seminar:

Behov for ny norsk rompolitikk

Onsdag 27. januar arrangerer Den norske Helsingforskomité seminaret Behov for ny norsk rompolitikk? - Et møte med rumenske romaktivister og norske beslutningstakere.
På seminaret ønsker vi å diskutere hva som er en god norsk politikk som balanserer respekt for grunnleggende menneskerettigheter med tiltak som har en reel og positiv effekt på situasjonen mange roma befinner seg i. Møtet er gratis og åpent for alle.

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Bill discriminating LGBT persons in the Kyrgyz Republic should be withdrawn

Kyrgyzstan:

Bill discriminating LGBT persons in the Kyrgyz Republic should be withdrawn

On 15 October 2014, a bill which proposes criminal and administrative liability for «formation of a positive attitude to non-traditional forms of sexual relations» passed its first reading in the Kyrgyz Parliament. The Norwegian Helsinki Committee is concerned about the consequences that this bill may have for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans persons (LGBT) in the Kyrgyz Republic, if adopted.

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Prove they are alive!

Watch Turkmenistan video:

Prove they are alive!

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.

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Stadleg representant i Sentral-Asia

Ledig stilling:

Stadleg representant i Sentral-Asia

Den norske Helsingforskomité har sidan 2006 drive eit representasjonskontor i Sentral-Asia. Kontoret er Helsingforskomitéen sitt kontaktpunkt og koordinerande instans i regionen og ligg i Almaty, Kasakhstan. Me har no ledig stilling som: Stadleg representant ved Helsingforskomitéens representasjonskontor.

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Usbekistan: Å rapportere fra et lukket land

NHC's Sentral-Asia kontor:

Usbekistan: Å rapportere fra et lukket land

Det sentralasiatiske landet Usbekistan regnes som et av verdens mest brutale regimer. Det er i dag et mer eller mindre lukket land der hverken journalister eller menneskerettighetsorganisasjoner har tilgang. Ivar Dale, leder for NHCs kontor i Sentral-Asia, har derfor ikke anledning til å åpent undersøke menneskerettighetsbrudd i Usbekistan.

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Protecting freedom of expression and privacy on the internet

Breakfast seminar:

Protecting freedom of expression and privacy on the internet

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?"

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Sakharovs frihetspris 2014 tildeles politiske fanger i Aserbajdsjan

Sakharov frihetspris 2014:

Sakharovs frihetspris 2014 tildeles politiske fanger i Aserbajdsjan

Helsingforskomiteen gir Andrej Sakharovs Frihetspris 2014 til politiske fanger i Aserbajdsjan. De utviser mot og stor innsats i å fremme verdighet, demokratiske verdier og menneskerettigheter. Aserbajdsjan er et europeisk land som utvikler seg stadig mer i retning av et diktatur. Prisen tildeles dem alle. Det er et trist faktum at det er alt for mange av dem til at vi kan nevne hver og én.

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Nordic Forum for Security Policy 2014

Nordic Forum for Security Policy 2014

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.

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Demonising Dissidents: How INTERPOL is being abused by dictatorships

Breakfast seminar:

Demonising Dissidents: How INTERPOL is being abused by dictatorships

INTERPOL is the world's largest policing organisation, but it is being abused by countries around the world to persecute refugees, journalists & peaceful political demonstrators.

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The anatomy of media propaganda in Russia

Anna Politkovskaya Seminar 2014:

The anatomy of media propaganda in Russia

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
Registration: nielsen@nhc.no

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Knausgårds avsporing

Debatten om Ibsenprisen:

Knausgårds avsporing

Karl Ove Knausgårds siste innlegg i debatten om Ibsenprisen og Peter Handke er basert på en besynderlig problemstilling, skriver generalsekretær Bjørn Engesland og seniorrådgiver Aage Borchgrevink i et leserinnlegg i VG.

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Fullsatt debattmøte om Ibsenprisen

Ibsenprisen 2014:

Fullsatt debattmøte om Ibsenprisen

Gårsdagens fullsatte debattmøte på Litteraturhuset i regi av Norsk PEN og Den norske Helsingforskomité viste et sterk engasjement rundt tildelingen av Ibsenprisen 2014 til Peter Handke. Innleggene og paneldebatten kan ses i sin helhet under.

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Towards a Europe without political prisoners

NHC joins campaign:

Towards a Europe without political prisoners

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.

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Til minne om Jelena Larionova

Til minne om Jelena Larionova

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Conference in Istanbul

Turkey:

Conference in Istanbul

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.

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Ukraine elections observed with NGO observers from Russia

Mission statement:

Ukraine elections observed with NGO observers from Russia

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.

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Strong presentations at NHC breakfast seminar

Pussy Riot visits NHC event:

Strong presentations at NHC breakfast seminar

Don’t forget about the political prisoners in Russia, it can prevent them from being killed! This was the message from Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, the two Pussy Riot/Zona Prava members that participated at the packed Norwegian Helsinki Committee seminar Safeguarding international institutions against authoritarian abuse on 13 May.

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Ikke spill på lag med diktatoren!

Is-hockey VM i Hviterussland:

Ikke spill på lag med diktatoren!

Fredag 9. mai 2014 starter de første kampene i ishockey-VM i Minsk i Hviterussland. Hviterussland, Europas siste diktatur, har blitt styrt med jernhånd av President Aleksander Lukasjenko de siste tjue år. I den forbindelse har Den norske Helsingforskomité, i samarbeid med Human Rights House Foundation, Norsk PEN og Amnesty International Norge laget en håndbok for journalister som skal dekke Ishockey-VM i Hviterussland, enten planen er å reise til Hviterussland, eller jobben skal gjøres med base i Norge.

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Q&A: breaches of international law and human rights issues

Ukraine, Russia crisis:

Q&A: breaches of international law and human rights issues

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.

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Watch webcast from breakfast seminar with Pussy Riot 13 May

Livestream from NHC seminar:

Watch webcast from breakfast seminar with Pussy Riot 13 May

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.

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Menneskerettighetene må stå sentralt i regjeringens arbeid

Norge:

Menneskerettighetene må stå sentralt i regjeringens arbeid

Den norske Helsingforskomité har skrevet brev til Statsminister Erna Solberg der vi peker på noen menneskerettslige utfordringer som vi ber regjeringen prioritere. - Det er behov for et sterkt politisk fokus på gjennomføringen og overvåkingen av internasjonale menneskerettigheter; både i utenrikspolitikken og i Norge, sier generalsekretær Bjørn Engesland.
Les brevet i sin helhet under.
Foto: Heiko Junge/NTB scanpix/SMK

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Prove They Are Alive!

Turkmenistan:

Prove They Are Alive!

NHC joins campaign to demand information about disappeared prisoners in Turkmenistan

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Situasjonen i Russland akkurat nå!

Åpent seminar:

Situasjonen i Russland akkurat nå!

Olympiske vinterleker står for døren i den russiske byen Sotsji, men situasjonen i Russland er en helt annen enn den burde være. Det er stadig brudd på menneskerettigheter i landet, og frem mot OL i Sotsji samarbeider Amnesty, Helsingforskomiteen, Bellona og LLH om å belyse disse menneskerettighetsbruddene.
Hvilke menneskerettighetsbrudd er det snakk om, og hva er egentlig ståa i Russland akkurat nå?

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Journalistikk i Sotsji og Nord-Kaukasus forut for og under OL 2014

Høring og boklansering:

Journalistikk i Sotsji og Nord-Kaukasus forut for og under OL 2014

Tidspunkt: Onsdag 20. november kl. 15:00-17:00
Sted: Litteraturhuset i Oslo, Wergelandsveien 29, Nedjma (3. etg.)

Den norske Helsingforskomité (DnH) inviterer i samarbeid med Amnesty International Norge (AIN) og Landsforeningen for lesbiske, homofile, bifile og transpersoner (LLH) til høring om arbeidsvilkårene for journalister i Sotsji og i regionen rundt forut for og under de olympiske vinterlekene 7.-23. februar 2013.

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Support political prisoners in Belarus: List of the accused and convicted in Belarus.

Belarus - updated 20 October 2013:

Support political prisoners in Belarus: List of the accused and convicted in Belarus.

We encourage you strongly to write letters to the prisoners! We have met with released prisoners and the families of those in prison, and they all say the same: Letters are both a great comfort and a protection as they make the authorities aware that the prisoners are not forgotten. Please write to the addresses indicated in the description of each of the prisoners. We also encourage you to contact us if you want to engage with support actions for one particular prisoner.

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Administrative officer NHC regional representative office in Kazakhstan

Job vacancy announcement:

Administrative officer NHC regional representative office in Kazakhstan

Type of vacancy: One year contract
Office location: Almaty, Kazakhstan
Deadline for applications: 7 January 2014
Salary: Upon agreement

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Vi er utenlandske agenter!

Russland:

Vi er utenlandske agenter!

Nei da. Vi er ikke utenlandske agenter på ordentlig. Men vi kaller oss det i dag 21. november, for å gjøre deg oppmerksom på at sivilsamfunnet i Russland er i alvorlig fare.

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Rettferdig valg med forbedringspotensial

Stortingsvalget 2013:

Rettferdig valg med forbedringspotensial

34 observatører fra 11 land i det tidligere Sovjetunionen har gjennomført valgobservasjon av årets Stortingsvalg. Valgobservatørene har blitt tatt svært godt i mot over hele landet, og har observert et valg der velgerne har stor grad av tillit til valgprosessen. Valget har vært gjennomført på en svært profesjonell måte. Allikevel, det er forbedringspotensial også her.

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Legal actions against Golos violate human rights

Golos victim of repressive NGO-legislation in Russia:

Legal actions against Golos violate human rights

On April 25, Golos was convicted for failing to comply with NGO-legislation and failing to register as foreign agents. NHC was a witness during the trial where we refuted claims that Golos has accepted prize money from us. The legislation is itself in violation of international law, and we condemn the court decision as unlawful. Golos must pay a fine of 300 000 roubles, approx. 9 500 USD. On 9 April Golos, a renowned human rights NGO conducting election monitoring in Russia, and Golos director Lilia Shibanova, was informed by the Ministry of Justice that a case is initiated against them for being in breach of the 2012 "foreign agents law”. – To initiate legal actions against a human rights organizations for not having registered as a “foreign agent”, is a violation by Russian authorities of international standards, said Gunnar M. Ekeløve-Slydal, Deputy Secretary General. The 1998 UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders clearly states the rights of human rights defenders to receive funding from abroad.

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108 døgn i Lukasjenkos fangehull

Seminar 22. august 2013:

108 døgn i Lukasjenkos fangehull

19. desember 2010 beordret Hviterusslands president den mest omfattende massearrestasjonen i Hviterusslands moderne historie. Over 30 ledende opposisjonelle, journalister og aktivister ble dømt til lange fengselsstraffer. Den norske Helsingforskomité har gleden av å invitere deg til et seminar hvor Anatoly Lebedko og Andrei Kim forteller om sine opplevelser og for å diskutere dagens Hviterussland.

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Follow the Coalition for Trust on Facebook

South Caucasus:

Follow the Coalition for Trust on Facebook

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Coming Out St. Petersburg launches fundraising campaign

Coming Out St. Petersburg launches fundraising campaign

On 19 June 2013, the Russian LGBT organization Coming Out St. Petersburg was found guilty of failing to register as a "foreign agent" and will have to pay a fine of 500 000 rubles (12 500 euro). Its director was found guilty of the same offence on 25 June 2013, and was fined 300 000 rubles (7 500 euros). To be able to handle the financial burden, the organization now launches an online fundraising campaign.

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Promising seminar on Freedom of Religion or Belief

Kyrgyzstan:

Promising seminar on Freedom of Religion or Belief

– The open discussions in this seminar demonstrate that the various stakeholders were willing to exchange opinions and learn from each other, says Central Asia Advisor in the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, Lene Wetteland. – Over three days, 25-28 June, at the shore of Issyk-Kul lake, representatives of religious communities, NGOs, experts and state authorities in charge of questions on religion have discussed core questions of legislation and practice regarding freedom of religion or belief in Kyrgyzstan.

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Small Grants Fund Central Asia 2013 deadline has now passed

Announcement:

Small Grants Fund Central Asia 2013 deadline has now passed

The Norwegian Helsinki Committee is pleased to announce the continuation of our small grants fund for Central Asia. All organizations with project proposals related to human rights, democratization or strengthening of civil society may apply. While we are open to all good proposals, we encourage projects in Kazakhstan related to the outlying regions of the country. In Kyrgyzstan, we are particularly interested in projects addressing the basic human rights of vulnerable groups as well as legal initiatives. In Tajikistan, strengthening of the media and the rights of children is important. However, we are open to original and innovative ideas.

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Full-fledged democracy in Hungary not saved

Q&A:

Full-fledged democracy in Hungary not saved

The report "Democracy and human rights at stake in Hungary", published by the Norwegian Helsinki Committee (NHC) on 23 January 2013, describes how Viktor Orbán’s government centralised power after taking office in 2010 by undermining the independence of courts and putting media freedom under pressure.

The report was met with considerable criticism from Hungarian authorities, claiming that it overlooked important factors, exaggerated problems, was biased against the current government, and neglected its concessions to international criticism and Constitutional Court decisions. In particular, Hungary’s ambassador to Norway, Mr Géza Jeszensky, issued a 4 ½ page critical letter to the NHC outlining his government’s response, while Ferenc Kumin, Deputy State Secretary for International Communication, responded very negatively to the report in his blog.

In this Q&A, the NHC outlines its position on some of the main points raised in these discussions. In addition, some comments are given to the extensive amendments of the Fundamental Law (the Constitution) of 11 March 2013. The amendments caused renewed concerns that the government’s project of centralisation is ongoing despite strong domestic and international criticism.

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Presentation of European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE) at the European Parliament in Brussels

Election observation network:

Presentation of European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE) at the European Parliament in Brussels

- “Civic observation is a powerful instrument for citizens’ control over electoral processes and deserves the attention and the support of the European institutions. We wish the best success for the newly established “European Platform for Democratic Elections” said Werner Schulz, Member of the European Parliament, during the presentation of the EPDE at the European Parliament on Wednesday January 30th.

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Et åpent spørsmål om Ungarn vil forbli et fullt ut fungerende demokrati

Ny rapport:

Et åpent spørsmål om Ungarn vil forbli et fullt ut fungerende demokrati

Rapporten Democracy and human rights at stake in Hungary som Den norske Helsingforskomité publiserer i dag viser hvordan Viktor Orbáns regjering sentraliserer makten og setter domstolenes uavhengighet og medienes frihet under press. - Ungarn ble inntil nylig sett på som et av de mest vellykkede nye demokratiene i Sentra-Europa, men på kort tid har utviklingen gått i motsatt retning i en grad som de færreste trodde var mulig, sier generalsekretær Bjørn Engesland i en uttalelse i forbindelse med lanseringen.

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Human Rights Human Wrongs 2013

Årets dokumentarfilmfestival:

Human Rights Human Wrongs 2013

5.-10. februar har Den norske Helsingforskomité nok en gang gleden av å være medarrangør for dokumentarfilmfestivalen Human Rights Human Wrongs, som i år finner sted for femte år på rad.

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Russian Golos and Lilya Shibanova received Andrei Sakharov Freedom Award 2012 at NHC 35th anniversary

Sakharov Freedom Award:

Russian Golos and Lilya Shibanova received Andrei Sakharov Freedom Award 2012 at NHC 35th anniversary

Russian Association 'Golos' was presented the Sakharov Freedom Award at a ceremony which also marked Norwegian Helsinki Committee 35 years' anniversary on 23 October. Lilya Shibanova accepted the award on behalf of the organisation she leads. - It is a great honor to receive the Sakharov Freedom award. The recognition comes at a very important and suitable time for us, were Russian democracy is dwindling and organisatons like ours are under fierce attack from the authorities. The anniversary was also celebrated by a well attended seminar opened by Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide.

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Uzbekistan – behind closed gates

Uzbekistan – behind closed gates

How is the human rights situation behind the closed gates of Uzbekistan, located in the crossroads of gas pipes and military supply corridors?

Time: 15 October 13:00 – 16:00 seminar, 16:20 - 18:00 movie screening.
Place: Ibsen Museum, Henrik Ibsens gate 26, Oslo

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NHC co-founds European Platform for Democratic Elections

New network established:

NHC co-founds European Platform for Democratic Elections

On 12th December 2012, Norwegian Helsinki Committee was among twelve civil society organisations supporting or conducting citizens’ election observation in the states of the Eastern Partnership, the Russian Federation, Norway and the European Union who launched the European Platform for Democratic Elections (EPDE) in Warsaw.

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Norwegian Helsinki Committee 35th Anniversary Seminar

Norwegian Helsinki Committee 35th Anniversary Seminar

Democracy challenged – How to counter erosion of democratic rule?

Time: 23 October 09:00-15:30
Place: Hotel Bristol, the Maud Hall, Kristian IV's gate 7

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Informasjons- og dialogmøte i Stavanger - Utvalget for undersøkelse av statens politikk overfor romanifolket/taterne

Informasjons- og dialogmøte i Stavanger - Utvalget for undersøkelse av statens politikk overfor romanifolket/taterne

Vi vil gjerne invitere alle interesserte til et informasjons- og dialogmøte om det pågående arbeidet til utvalget som undersøker statens politikk overfor romanifolket/taterne.
Møtet vil finne sted i Kulturbanken i Stavanger, Domkirkeplassen 3, onsdag 17. oktober 2012, fra kl. 15.00-20.00.

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Anna Politkovskaya seminar 2012: New challenges to Russian journalism

Anna Politkovskaya seminar 2012: New challenges to Russian journalism

Time: 8 October 2012, 12:30 – 15:00
Place: Litteraturhuset, Amalie Skram hall, Oslo

On 7 October 2006, our friend and colleague, the courageous Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya was shot and killed outside her apartment in Moscow. No one has been convicted for the murder. Anna Politkovskaya gave voice to the victims of the conflict in Chechnya, and no one has been able to quite fill her place. The on-going human rights crisis in the North Caucasus has faded from the public mind.

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Documentary film screening & Hearing on the Magnitsky case

Documentary film screening & Hearing on the Magnitsky case

Place: House of Literature, The Wergeland Hall, Oslo
Time: Thursday 27 September 14:00-16:00
“After Sergei Magnitsky, lawyer of the Heritage Capital management was beaten to death in a Moscow jail for uncovering fraud by Russian authorities, CEO in Hermitage Capital Management Bill Browder has devoted himself to publicising the case. As a result, the US is close to passing a dramatic human rights law, naming the 60 Russians identified by Browder as being responsible for the false arrest, torture and death of Sergei Magnitsky. The act, which has been ferociously resisted by the Kremlin and the US administration and some business interests, would freeze the foreign assets of, and deny visas to, those named individuals.” Financial Times Magazine, 27 July 2012.
Next week, Bill Browder is visiting Oslo: Should Norway impose similar sanctions on human rights offenders in Russia?

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Dialogmøte- Utvalget for undersøkelse av statens politikk overfor romanifolket/taterne

Dialogmøte- Utvalget for undersøkelse av statens politikk overfor romanifolket/taterne

Dialogmøtet vil finne sted i Helsingforskomiteens kontorer i Kirkegata 5 i Oslo, mandag 10. september 2012, fra klokken 16.00-19.00. Vi håper at flest mulig av romanifolket/taterne kan bli med for å diskutere spørsmål knyttet opp mot temaene arbeid, utdanning og identitet.

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Regional Program Coordinator  “Coalition For Trust” in South Caucasus (Updated)

Job vacancy announcement:

Regional Program Coordinator “Coalition For Trust” in South Caucasus (Updated)

We are currently seeking a highly qualified person to be the regional coordinator of the (EU-funded) program “Coalition for trust” in the South Caucasus. The aim of the program is to contribute to building knowledge and trust between people in a region marked by conflict and human rights violations. Activities include education and training, network building, advocacy and activism.

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Informasjonsmøte om granskningen av norsk politikk overfor romanifolket/taterne

Informasjonsmøte om granskningen av norsk politikk overfor romanifolket/taterne

Utvalget som gransker norsk politikk overfor romanifolket/taterne, ønsker å invitere alle interesserte til et informasjonsmøte om det pågående arbeidet. Møtet vil finne sted på Litteraturhuset i Oslo, Wergelandsveien 29, tirsdag 28. august 2012, fra kl. 17.00-20.00.

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Menneskerettigheter i Grunnloven

Helsingforskomiteen og Amnesty International Norge svarer på spørsmål:

Menneskerettigheter i Grunnloven

Stortingets menneskerettighetsutvalg har foreslått en begrenset revisjon av Grunnloven for å styrke menneskerettighetenes stilling. Hvis Stortinget følger opp forslaget vil Grunnloven få et eget kapittel med sentrale menneskerettigheter. Dette kan skje allerede i 2014, ved 200-årsjubileet for Grunnloven.

Helsingforskomiteen og Amnesty International Norge er positiv til utvalgets forslag, men mener at “retten til å søke asyl” burde vært inkludert. Det burde heller ikke være mulig å fravike religionsfriheten i krigs- eller krisesituasjoner.

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A Chronicle of Violence: Report details June 2010 events in Kyrgyzstan

New report:

A Chronicle of Violence: Report details June 2010 events in Kyrgyzstan

The report “A Chronicle of Violence: The events in the south of Kyrgyzstan in June 2010 (Osh Region)”, published today, gives a detailed chronology of the events in the Osh Province in the period 29 April to 15 June 2010, as well as an analysis of available information and statistics related to the violence in the south of Kyrgyzstan in June 2010. The 200-page report was prepared by Memorial Human Rights Center (Russia), the Norwegian Helsinki Committee (Norway) and Freedom House (USA).

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NHC Annual Report 2011

NHC Annual Report 2011

In the NHC's 2011 Annual Report, you can read about Ales Bialiatski, the head of the well-known human rights organisation Viasna in Belarus, who in October 2011 was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison, the denial of war crimes committed in the Western Balkans and about our reopening of the NHC representative office in Kazakhstan and the strikes and killings in the west of the country. The annual report also gives an account of the developments in all the countries and regions the NHC is involved in, in addition to an overview of all the NHC's activities in 2010.

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Small Grants Fund Central Asia

Announcement:

Small Grants Fund Central Asia

The Norwegian Helsinki Committee is pleased to announce the continuation of our small grants fund for Central Asia. All organizations with project proposals related to human rights, democratization or strengthening of civil society may apply. While we are open to all good proposals, we encourage projects in Kazakhstan related to the outlying regions of the country. In Kyrgyzstan, we are particularly interested in projects addressing the basic human rights of vulnerable groups as well as legal initiatives. In Tajikistan, strengthening of the media and the rights of children is important. In addition to our regular program, we are glad to announce that additional grants have been allocated for smaller projects in Kazakhstan. These grants may be up to 9,999 USD, and are intended to support projects in more outlying regions of the country. The deadline and other requirements are the same.

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Informasjon til journalister: Baku, fra glitter til gitter

Informasjon til journalister: Baku, fra glitter til gitter

Invitasjon til journalister:

Fokus på Aserbajdsjan før Eurovision Song Contest i Baku - informasjonsmøte og informasjonspakke

Litteraturhuset i Oslo (Nedjma), fredag 4. mai kl 10.30 – 12.30.

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Don't play with the dictator!

Belarus:

Don't play with the dictator!

The Norwegian Helsinki Committee is among international NGOs who today started a joint campaign for the removal of Ice Hockey World Championship from Belarus.

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Oppdatert 13.04.2012:

Helsingforskomiteen klager Brennpunkt-dokumentar om Srebrenica til PFU

Helsingforskomiteen har klaget NRK til Pressens Faglige Utvalg (PFU) for brudd på Vær Varsom Plakaten i forbindelse med visningen av Brennpunkt-dokumentaren Byen som kunne ofres, som ble vist av NRK tirsdag 26. april 2011. Helsingforskomiteen har også sendt klage til Kringkastningsrådet i sakens anledning. NRK svarte på Helsingforskomiteens klage i et tilsvar 23 august 2011. Helsingforskomiteen har nå skrevet kommentarer på NRKs tilsvar. Du kan lese begge under. Klagen vil bli behandlet i PFU 20. oktober, og i Kringkastningsrådet 27 oktober.

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Human Rights Human Wrongs 2012

Human Rights Human Wrongs 2012

Den norske Helsingforskomité er sammen med Oslo Dokumentarkino og de andre organisasjonene som utgjør Menneskrettighetshuset i Oslo medarrangør av dokumentarfilmfestivalen Human Rights Human Wrongs 2012, som for fjerde året på rad blir arrangert på Parkteatret i Oslo 7-12 februar. Årets program er sterkere enn noensinne, og vi skal i år vise 13 filmer fra ni land, hvorav 8 av filmene er norgespremierer. I tillegg er vi ekstra stolte av å kunne presentere en av verdens fremste tenkere om ikke-vold, Gene Sharp, som har inspirert en hel generasjon til opprør mot autoritære regimer. Sharp vil snakke under et spesialarrangement på Vika kino tirsdag 7 februar klokken 18 i forbindelse med at vi viser filmen How to Start a Revolution, som bygger på Sharps omfattende arbeider.

For fullt program besøk hjemmesiden til Human Rights Human Wrongs 2012 her: www.humanfilm.no

Ales Bialiatski - the head of Human Rights Centre Viasna arrested

Ales Bialiatski - the head of Human Rights Centre Viasna arrested

Yesterday, August 4, Ales Bialiatski, the head of Human Rights Centre (HRC) Viasna and the Vice- President of International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) was arbitrary detained in Minsk. The Norwegian Helsinki Committee is deeply concerned with Ales Bialiatski's detention, and Secretary General Bjørn Engesland says "We will demand the immediate release of our colleague and good partner Ales Bialiatski by using all appropriate means we have."

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Kampanje for papirløse i Norge

Kampanje for papirløse i Norge

Papirløsekampanjen lanserer egen hjemmeside: papirlose.no Her finner du all informasjon om kampanjen, og tips om hvordan DU kan bidra.

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Kronprins Haakon bør ikke reise til Aserbajdsjan nå

Aserbajdsjan:

Kronprins Haakon bør ikke reise til Aserbajdsjan nå

I et brev til H.K.H Kronprins Haakon ber Den norske Helsingforskomité om at H.K.H. Kronprinsen velger ikke å delta som planlagt ved åpningen av den årlige olje- og gassmessen International Caspian Oil & Gas Exhibition & Conference 6.-7.juni 2011 i Baku, Aserbajdsjan, da deltakelsen vil kunne gi signaler som kan misbrukes av ett av Europas siste og mest autoritære regimer. Raftostiftelsen og Human Rights House Foundation slutter seg til anmodningen til Kronprinsen.

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Small Grant Fund for Central Asia announced

Central-Asia:

Small Grant Fund for Central Asia announced

The NHC is pleased to announce a contest for project proposals aiming at improving the situation regarding human rights, democratization or civil society in Central Asia. All 
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 political rights in Kazakhstan, minority rights in Tajikistan, and reconciliation and protection of basic human rights after the Osh events in Kyrgyzstan.

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Small Grant Fund for Kazakhstan and vacancy as assistant announced

Kazakhstan:

Small Grant Fund for Kazakhstan and vacancy as assistant announced

The NHC is pleased to announce a contest for project proposals aiming at improving the situation regarding human rights, democratization or civil society in Kazakhstan. Additionally, the NHC also announces vacancy as assistant to Program Manager of the NHC Representative Office in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

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Azerbaijan's Dark Island: Human Rights Violations in Nakhchivan

Azerbaijan's Dark Island: Human Rights Violations in Nakhchivan

(29/01-2010) This report tries to provide a full assessment of the grim human rights situation on the ground in Nakhchivan, which is the most repressive and authoritarian region of Azerbaijan, where the political scene is characterised by uncertainty, and where a sense of public apathy is likely to stem from and geographically. The report is based on field research, interviews and a handful of published articles. For security reasons, most of the people interviewed are not named.

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NHC Annual Report 2010

New report:

NHC Annual Report 2010

In the NHC's 2010 Annual Report, you can read about the total breakdown of human rights in Belarus, the democratic revolution in Kyrgyzstan and the violent tragedy of its aftermath and the international conference the NHC arranged in Oslo to put Russia on the agenda. The annual report also gives an account of the developments in all the countries and regions the NHC is involved in, in addition to an overview of all the NHC's activities in 2010.

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Solidaritet med Hviterussland

Demonstrasjon i Oslo 16. mars:

Solidaritet med Hviterussland

Norske organisasjoner og politiske partier markerer igjen støtte til menneskerettighetsforkjempere og for løslatelse av politiske fanger i Hviterussland, med å arrangere en solidaritetsmarkering foran Stortinget 16. mars klokken 16:00.

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Ber om menneskerettighetskommisjon opprettet og utnevnt av Stortinget

Ber om menneskerettighetskommisjon opprettet og utnevnt av Stortinget

(03/02-2011) Helsingforskomiteen mener at Stortinget bør opprette og utnevne en kommisjon for å følge med på respekten for menneskerettigheter i Norge. Kommisjonen bør bli FN-akkreditert Nasjonal institusjon for menneskerettigheter.

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Ny rapport: Persona Non Grata

Ny rapport: Persona Non Grata

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.

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