Human Rights House Annual Report 2016

Discover how we, the Human Rights Houses and Human Rights House Foundation, protected, empowered, and supported human rights defenders and advanced human rights in 2016.

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As space for civil society is shrinking, the Human Rights House values of solidarity and cooperation in networks are more important than ever. Our annual report for 2016 shows how these values – and the resilience, bravery and creativity of those in the Human Rights Houses – ensured that 2016 was not just a year in which freedoms declined globally, but also a year of significant innovation, growth, and ongoing activity by the Human Rights Houses and wider civil society.

We were able to respond to many of the worrying regional and international trends in 2016, adapting our working methods, refocusing and mobilising resources, and launching new initiatives.

Through the stories, experiences, and work featured in our annual report, we hope to energise and inspire, trigger debate and ideas, and encourage others to join us in our work.

Among many successes, we celebrate the release of many of our colleagues from prison in Azerbaijan, our role in contributing to strong international human rights standards for the protection of human rights lawyers, and the strength, impact, and diversity of the projects among and within the Human Rights Houses, as well as those led by HRHF.

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May 10, 2019

International Civil Society Week in Belgrade

International Civil Society Week 2019 (ICSW) was held in Belgrade from 8-12 April 2019. Events were co-organised by Civic Initiatives (member of Human Rights House Belgrade), CIVICUS: Civic Alliance for Citizen Participation, and Balkan Civil Society Development Network.

May 10, 2019

“If you can smile in the most difficult situations, you are not yet defeated”

A key contributor to creating a human rights community in Belarus, Tatsiana Reviaka was one of the country’s first human rights defenders when she began her work in the newly-independent Belarus. Reviaka was the president of Barys Zvozskau Belarusian Human Rights House between 2010 and 2018.

May 10, 2019

Marking 10 Years of the Anti-Discrimination Act in Croatia

Marking the anniversary of the adoption of the main legal instrument to fight discrimination in Croatia, Human Rights House Zagreb held an international conference in cooperation with the Office of the Ombudswoman.