Human Rights House Foundation


Azerbaijan – Human Rights House in Azerbaijan

The idea of establishing a Human Rights House in Baku appeared for the first time in 2003. In 2007, the HRH Azerbaijan was registered as an international branch of the HRHF, and officially opened in 2009. In accordance with the order of the Azerbaijani Ministry of Justice of 10 March 2011 the activities of HRH Azerbaijan have been ceased. Partner organisations of HRH Azerbaijan continue all activities, until an agreement with authorities on the reopening of HRH Azerbaijan is reached.

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Image: Intigam Aliyev receiving People in Need Homo Homini Award on 7 March 2013 from Karel Schwarzenberg, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic 
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New evidence weakens prosecution

Use of unregistered grants has been at the core of the charges against human rights lawyer Intigam Aliyev. In court the defence provided rebuttal of prosecutors’ version. 18 Mar 2015 »

Image: NGOs call for the end of systematic punishment of leaders of civil society in Azerbaijan

NGOs call for the end of systematic punishment of leaders of civil society in Azerbaijan

In a joint statement to the United Nations Human Rights Council, leading international human rights organisations call upon Azerbaijan “to put an end to the systematic punishment of leaders of civil society, and to immediately and unconditionally release all human rights defenders, journalists and activists held in custody.” 17 Mar 2015 »

Image: Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteurs on Human Rights Defenders and on torture. 28th Regular Session of UN Human Rights Council.

Human rights defenders threatened in Azerbaijan, Russia and Armenia

In its statement on the situation of human rights defenders on 10 March 2015 at the Human Rights Council, the Human Rights House Foundation highlighted the worrying situations in Azerbaijan, Russia and Armenia. 10 Mar 2015 »

Image: Grave Confusion in Criminal Court

Grave Confusion in Criminal Court

”It became evident that the victims in Rasul Jafarov’s case were either unaware of why they were victims or directly stated that the accused person never did them any harm”. The past months international observers have been attending the trial of Azerbaijani human rights activist, Rasul Jafarov, in Baku Court on Grave Crimes. 09 Mar 2015 »

Image: Protect, empower and support women human rights defenders

Protect, empower and support women human rights defenders

Women human rights defenders challenge gender inequality and stereotypes, advance sexual and reproductive rights, and promote women’s empowerment and participation in society. They often challenge religious and cultural norms and patriarchal attitudes that subordinate, stigmatize or restrict women. 08 Mar 2015 »

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Image: Azerbaijan: Still a not-free-state

Numerous violations of human rights show that ensuring effective compliance with human rights is a serious challenge to Baku. »

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