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Council of Europe: Investigate Corruption Allegations

In a letter addressed to members of the Bureau of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, 56 NGOs including HRHF called for the launch of an external, independent, and impartial investigation into allegations of corruption and other violations of the parliamentary assembly code of conduct in connection with its work on Azerbaijan 20 Apr 2017 »

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Civil society should not be targeted by measures impeding its independence

In a letter to the President of Ukraine, 31 member and partner NGOs of Human Rights Houses underlined that civil society is an ally for Ukraine’s future, and urged that it should not be targeted by measures impeding its independence. 05 Apr 2017 »

Drop all charges against Leonid Sudalenka

Human Rights Houses Foundation wrote to the Central District Court in Belarus to appeal to the Court to drop charges against prominent human rights lawyer Leonid Sudalenka, which relate to his participating in and monitoring and reporting on recent peaceful protests. The Court heard his case on 17 March, and delivered a warning to him and charged him fees. 17 Mar 2017 »

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Call for the immediate and unconditional release of Mehman Huseynov

Some 50 member and partner NGOs of Human Rights Houses have written to the Azerbaijani President and authorities to call for the immediate and unconditional release of photojournalist, blogger and human rights defender Mehman Huseynov. 09 Mar 2017 »

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 »

No Progress on Key Reforms

The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), a prominent international coalition, should suspend Azerbaijan’s membership for failing to carry out key reforms, a coalition of 21 groups including Human Rights Watch, ARTICLE 19, and International Media Support said today. The EITI, during its board meeting in Bogota, Colombia, on March 8 and 9, 2017, will review Azerbaijan’s efforts to ease its repression of civil society groups as the EITI had required. 03 Mar 2017 »

Interference in professional activities and persecution of independent lawyers in Crimea

Some 33 human rights organisations from the Civic Solidarity Platform issued the following joint statement urging the Russian Federation to stop illegal practices against lawyers and human rights defenders, and asking the international community to defend lawyers and human rights defenders in Crimea. 27 Jan 2017 »

Rights groups demand justice for journalist Mehman Huseynov tortured in Azerbaijan

Some 14 international human rights organisations, including Human Rights House Foundation, issued the following joint statement in response to the abduction and reported torture of Azerbaijani journalist Mehman Huseynov. 12 Jan 2017 »

Civil society organisations call on EITI Board to suspend Azerbaijan

The letter from civil society organisations addresses board members of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), urging them to “suspend Azerbaijan from participation in EITI, due to continuous breach of the initiative’s requirements for fostering an enabling environment for civil society.” 20 Oct 2016 »

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 »

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