HFHR appeal before the EU-Ukraine Summit

On 19 December, the EU-Ukraine Summit was held in Kiev, marking the conclusion of negotiations on the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. On this occasion, the HFHR issued an open letter to raise the issue of the recent decrease in the level of human rights protection in the Ukraine. The open letter was drafted as part of the Europe of Human Rights programme.

The Ukraine has been a member of the Council of Europe since 1995. In 1997 the country ratified the European Convention on Human Rights. As such, the Ukraine is obliged to uphold the European standards of human rights protection. Further, the obligation to introduce reforms to strengthen the respect of human rights was included in the EU-Ukraine Association Agenda signed in 2009.

However, in the last few months new laws were proposed in the Ukraine which may adversely affect the human rights safeguards under Ukraine’s international obligations. The new draft legislation  interferes in particular with such areas as the freedom of expression, assembly and protection of sexual minorities.

The appeal took notice of the course of the trial of Yulia Tymoshenko and attempts to introduce legislation negatively affecting the rights of Ukrainian LGBTs and the freedom of speech in this country.


July 6, 2018

No justice for Mehman Huseynov

Since anti-corruption blogger Mehman Huseynov was sentenced for defamation in March 2017, HRHF has been asking, “when will he find justice?”. With his appeals inside the country now exhausted, we see once again that little justice can be found for human rights defenders in Azerbaijan.

July 3, 2018

HRHF statement on Ukraine at HRC38

Human Rights House Foundation delivered the following statement on Ukraine to the UN Human Rights Council (HRC38). This statement enjoys the support of four Ukrainian human rights organisations.

July 2, 2018

Assembly and association “enable rights”

UN Special Rapporteur Clément Voule introduces his aims and priorities for freedom of assembly and association mandate, and discusses cooperation with civil society, in an interview with HRHF on the sidelines of HRC38.