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Human rights trends from Western Balkans

Image: Monica Pinto, UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers.

Lawyers and civil society give input to Special Rapporteur

On 11–12 June, the Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, Mónica Pinto, will meet with and gain input from lawyers and civil society actors. Ahead of this consultation in Belgrade, members of Human Rights House Belgrade spoke to HRHF about the importance of the consultation and the benefits of a cross-border community of lawyers. 11 Jun 2016 »

Image: “Any sources that speak out regarding 
threats or harm to the public interest 
should not face reprisals for doing so 
and must be protected in law and in practice" 
Copyright: Council of Europe

CoE Secretary General proposes a mechanism to address reprisals against human rights defenders

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland has proposed to establish a mechanism to strengthen the protection of human rights defenders in his third annual report. HRHN acknowledges and welcomes this proposal. 29 Apr 2016 »

Image: Practical Recommendations For The Management Of Assemblies, Human Rights Council report, March 2016, A/HRC/31/66
Copyright: United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association

HRC 31: HRHN Statement on Peaceful Protest

On 9 March 2016, HRHN delivered a statement on the right to peaceful protest, at the 31st session of the UN Human Rights Council, in response to the joint report on peaceful assembly by Special Rapporteurs Maina Kiai and Christof Heyns. 10 Mar 2016 »

Image: Lela Tsiskarishvili, Executive Director, Georgian Centre for Psychosocial and Medical Rehabilitation of Torture Victims (GCRT). June 2014, in front of Gldani Prison, Tbilisi, Georgia.
Photographer: Daro Sulakauri. 
Copyright: Daro Sulakauri.

Celebrating Women Human Rights Defenders

On International Women’s Day, HRHN celebrates the achievements of women human rights defenders, and reflects on the heightened risks women face in defending human rights. 08 Mar 2016 »

Image: PACE resolutions: Why are they important for human rights defenders and NGOs?

PACE resolutions: Why are they important for human rights defenders and NGOs?

HRHN welcomes PACE’s adoption on 28 January 2016 of two resolutions aimed at strengthening the protection and role of human rights defenders and preventing restrictions on NGOs. 02 Feb 2016 »

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