Het Nutshuis: Netherlands Helsinki Commitee (NHC)

Learn how the NHC builds and secures justice across Europe!

What in the world is the connection between the Netherlands and Helsinki? Find out during the International Day of Peace open house here at the NHC. There will be various interactive activities and presentations of our work, including games and quizzes on countries near and far, video clips, comics, and more!

During a visit you can find out:

  • What effect does justice reform in the Balkans have on you here in the Netherlands?
  • Why should you care that civil society is under pressure in Russia and Turkey?
  • When human rights defenders are being arrested in the Azerbaijan, how can you help?
  • What is cooperative security and how is it being pursued from Vancouver to Vladivostok?

Don’t miss your chance to learn about our work in promoting human rights and rule of law internationally and what you can do yourself back home.

We hope to see you there!

About the 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.


About Het Nutshuis:

Het Nutshuis houses 10 social-cultural offices, out of which 4 are international. It is an independent podium for art, culture and society. Programmes are compiled with a particular emphasis on the backgrounds to, and diverse perspectives of, current social issues.

Het Nutshuis is continuing the ideology of Het Nut, a 19th-century citizens’ initiative that supported the ’development and elevation of the common man’.  Improving the social position of the lower classes was an important part of this ambition. Not just in the socio-economic sense, but also in cultural terms. Het Nutshuis is still committed to the basis of this ideology, offering people the tools and knowledge that will help them to find their feet in an ever-changing urban environment. In Het Nutshuis, the public and groundbreakers have the opportunity to broaden their horizons and experiment.

Het Nutshuis is an initiative by Fonds1818.


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.