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Letters of Concern from western europe

Support renewal of Special Rapporteur mandate on human rights defenders

In a letter to Member States of the UN Human Rights Council, 85 civil society organisations, coming from all regions, urge delegations to support the renewal of the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders. 08 Mar 2017 »

Civil society leaders appeal to Jagland ahead of Azerbaijan referendum

On the 4th of September, several Azerbaijani civil society leaders, including former political prisoners that have worked closely with HRHF, appealed to Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland to refer proposed constitutional changes to the Venice Commission. 07 Sep 2016 »

More than 200 NGOs call for supporting resolution on Civil Society Space

244 civil society organisations, including HRHF, signed a letter calling for the members of the UN Human Rights Council to reject 15 amendments presented by the Russian Federation to a resolution on Civil Society Space. The letter can be read below. 05 Jul 2016 »

Civic Solidarity Platform: Concern about the arrests in Turkey

Member organisations of the OSCE-wide NGO coalition Civic Solidarity Platform, express their grave concern about the arrest on 20 June 2016 of three human rights defenders in connection with their participation in the campaign to counter suppression of the Özgür Gündem journal. 21 Jun 2016 »

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Worrisome pressure by the European Union to further reduce the UN human rights budget

Members of the Human Rights House Network (HRHN) express their concern to learn that the European Union is aiming at further reducing the ordinary budget of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. The NGOs call upon the European Union to support the work of the Office, by increasing its ordinary budget as a way to strengthen the impact of its work and cooperation by all States. 26 Nov 2013 »

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Iryna Khalip: I was threatened, beaten and detained for my reporting

On 2 April 1997, while covering a protest against the proposed reunification of Belarus with Russia, a Belarusian journalist Iryna Khalip witnessed her father, a documentary filmmaker, get beaten unconscious. She herself was clubbed by riot police. That incident only galvanized her to continue to expose corruption in Belarus, especially as a journalist for the Minsk bureau of the investigative paper Novaya Gazeta (the paper of slain reporter Anna Politkovskaya). 09 Nov 2012 »

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Azerbaijan: NHC concerned over reported restrictions at the Internet Governance Forum

Norwegian Helsinki Committee is concerned with the reports that a conference aiming at discussing freedom of the internet allows restrictions on contributions from civil society – input that would contribute to a more open and relevant discussion, says Bjørn Engesland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Helsinki Committee. 09 Nov 2012 »

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International NGOs express concern over violent agrarian conflict in Honduras

We, the international organizations signing below, would like to express our severe indignation regarding the three most recent murders of peasants in the context of the agrarian conflict in Bajo Aguán. 26 Jul 2012 »

Call upon the UN HRC to strengthen freedom of association

The participants of the 2010 Human Rights House Network (HRHN) Annual Meeting call upon the Member States of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council to strengthen freedom of association and peaceful assembly by establishing a Special Procedure´s mandate. 25 Sep 2010 »

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