Belarus – The Barys Zvozskau Belarusian Human Rights House
The Belarusian Human Rights House (HRH) addresses the main challenges faced by human rights activists in Belarus - the right to assembly and freedom of expression. This is achieved through the provision of a safe training and meeting space and facilities for human rights defenders, NGOs, journalists, students and teachers, as well as for international meetings and cultural events.
Human rights trends
The deportation of Elena Tonkacheva demonstrates "the immense challenges that continue to exist for human rights defenders to fulfill their work in Belarus." This was stated on 6 March, by Miklós Haraszti, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus, at the UN Human Rights Council. 11 Mar 2015 »
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 »
The Human Rights Council (HRC) of the United Nations must defend civil society space and, through the various tools at its disposal, it must exert all the pressure it can to curb abuses of power and call for accountability.This was stated by the Belarusian human rights defender Ales Bialiatski, during his speech at the 28th session of the HRC in Geneva on 5 March. 07 Mar 2015 »
Leanid Sudalenka, chairman of the Homel city branch of the public association “Legal Initiative”, has lodged a complaint with the police department of the Homel Regional Executive Committee. He asks the police to identify the individual or legal person (IP-address), which administers the website gomelbest.com, and who threatens the children of human rights defender. 27 Feb 2015 »
On 13-15 February a conference on "Additional guarantees and immunities for advocates of human rights" was held in Chisinau (Moldova). It has become an important stage in the work of graduates and experts of the Human Rights House Network Program "International Law in Advocacy" to support human rights defenders, including human rights lawyers. During the event, lawyers from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine discussed the existing and additional tools that would protect those, who work in the field of human rights, and guarantee their security and independence. 23 Feb 2015 »