Norwegian Helsinki committee (nhc)
Source description last updated: 25 September 2013
In brief: The Norwegian Helsinki Committee (NHC) is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation with its head office in Oslo working on human rights issues, especially in Europe, Central Asia and North America.
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The Norwegian Helsinki Committee is “working to ensure that human rights are respected in practice. […] NHC bases its work on international human rights instruments adopted by the United Nations, the Council of Europe, the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), including the 1975 Helsinki Final Act.” (NHC: About, undated)
“Main tasks: Human Rights Monitoring, Democracy Support, Election Observation, Information and Education, Participating in International Processes; the UN, the OSCE etc”. (Human Rights House: The Norwegian Helsinki Committee, undated)
“The NHC works irrespective of ideology or political system in these countries and maintains political neutrality.” (NHC: Annual Report 2012, 25 April 2013, p. 2)
“The total spending in 2012 was 36,4 million NOK out of which project support for partners constituted 22,8 million NOK. […] The Norwegian Helsinki Committees donors are primary the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Freedom of Expression Foundation (Fritt Ord), Open Society Institute, National Endowment for Democracy and the European Commission. Gifts, members contribution etc. provided an income of 225 613 NOK”. (NHC: Annual Report 2012, 25 April 2013, p. 38)
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“The Norwegian Helsinki Committee particularly works on countries in Europe, Central Asia and North America. For the past few years our international work has focused on states in the former Soviet Union and the West Balkans. […] The NHC places particular emphasis on freedom of speech, freedom of association, the right to self-determination, minority rights, the right to freedom of thought and religion, and personal security.” (NHC: About, undated)
“The NHC publishes reports and presents them to the authorities in each country, as well as to Norwegian authorities, international organisations and other relevant stakeholders. The working methods of the Norwegian Helsinki Committee include first-hand contact with central stakeholders in the countries in which we are involved. This is why we travel regularly to all the countries we are working on, and are up-to-date when important events take place. We also have a large international network through which we coordinate our efforts on important areas with the most important international human rights organisations.” (NHC: About, undated)
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