Netherlands Helsinki Committee (NHC)

The Netherlands Helsinki Committee is a non-governmental organisation that promotes human rights and strengthens the rule of law and democracy in all countries of Europe, including the Central Asian countries participating in the OSCE.

Our work lies primarily in executing projects to strengthen legal protection and improve public policies that affect vulnerable or disadvantaged groups. We support human rights NGOs in withstanding governmental pressure. Additionally, we work to improve the implementation of OSCE human dimension commitments and other international human rights agreements. We actively take part in several civil society networks of human rights NGOs in Europe.


Doors open 14:30
Panel discussion 15:00 – 16:30
Doors close 17:00

Where were you on 9/11?

Panel discussion on the impacts of Counter Terrorism Measures on Human Rights (Defenders)
By: Justice and Peace, Netherlands Helsinki Committee, Human Security Collective

Since the 9/11 attacks in New York countless laws have passed internationally to counter terrorism. For many, this is noticed only when removing our shoes or waiting in slow airport security lines. But how has this impacted human rights and those that defend them?

Come to The Nutshuis and meet three organisations working around the globe for human rights. Join this panel discussion on the impact of counter terrorism measures on human rights (defenders). Learn from experts in counter-terrorism measures and listen to the stories of human rights defenders themselves.

Register now!


Riviervismarkt 5
2513 AM The Hague

About Het Nutshuis

Het Nutshuis is an independent podium for art, culture and society. Het Nutshuis houses 10 social-cultural offices, out of which 5 are international. Programmes are compiled with a particular emphasis on the backgrounds to, and diverse perspectives of, current social issues.


Most organisations have strict security. Because of this, we have added a list of the DO’s and DON’Ts for you. As a visitor, you’ll be required to follow these. You will receive your security passes a week beforehand via e-mail. We ask you to please bring it with you. The security of the organisations can ask you to show your passes. Although the chance is there that registration will be enough and you will not be asked to show your pass. At all times you are required to bring a legal personal ID, like a passport of a ID-Card. Bus-, library, etc. cards are not valid identification. Security checks take time, so please keep this in mind when visiting. We ask for your patience for any eventual waiting times.


  • Bring a valid ID like a passport or ID card
  • Bring a your admission ticket (print or online version)
  • Keep in mind that security checks can take some time.
  • Listen and comply with security.


  • Do not bring large bags.
  • Do not bring prams unless absolutely necessary.
  • Do not bring electronic devices.
  • Photos and video recordings aren’t always permitted.