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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September 17, 2019

Паролі, антывірусы, шыфраванне дыскаў: трэнінг Школы лічбавай бяспекі DSS375

У Беларускім доме правоў чалавека імя Барыса Звозскава ў верасні 2019 года адбыўся трэнінг лічбавай бяспекі для праваабаронцаў, грамадскіх актывістаў і незалежных журналістаў.

September 16, 2019

Much-needed reforms to Council of Europe reprisal mechanism

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, has announced much-needed reforms to the human rights body’s “reprisal mechanism” – launched in May 2017 to ensure “human rights defenders… never face retribution for their principled stance.”

September 9, 2019

HRHF priorities at Human Rights Council 42

Gain insight into HRHF’s priorities alongside partners for the 42nd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council #HRC42. The Council session will run from 9-27 September 2019.