Mikołaj Pietrzak receives Edward J. Wende Award

The 10th Edward J. Wende Award has been presented to Mikołaj Pietrzak, an advocate specialising in criminal law and the chairperson of the Polish Bar Council Human Rights Committee.

Mr Pietrzak received the distinction in recognition of his great courage in defending the helpless, reads the justification for the Award. The awarded lawyer also supports non-governmental organisations. Until 2009 he had been leading “Human Rights and Settlements with the Past”, the HFHR’s programme focusing primarily on cases connected with the review of the activities of military intelligence services, vetting of public officials and access to the archives of the Institute of National Remembrance. Closely working with the HFHR, he has worked pro bono on many cases. Currently Mr Pietrzak represents Abd al-Rahim Al-Nashiri before the ECtHR in the case involving CIA secret prisons in Poland.

“It has been a great pleasure to hear that Mikołaj received the award”, says Dr. Adam Bodnar, Deputy President of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights. “We admire his professional passion and commitment. Mikołaj is one of those advocates who can see, above all else, the human side of every case they work on, and not only a legal problem that needs to be resolved. We are proud we can work together with him.”

Mikołaj, we congratulate you wholeheartedly!


March 12, 2019

Oslo Event: Breakfast Briefing on Human Rights in Crimea

Join us at Human Rights House Oslo on 21 March 2019, five years after the Russian annexation of Crimea, for a briefing by human rights defenders on the human rights situation. This will draw on the findings of the recent mission to Crimea by representatives of three Human Rights Houses.

March 5, 2019

Vacancy: Advocacy Manager, Geneva

Human Rights House Foundation (HRHF) is looking for a resourceful and well-experienced candidate to manage all aspects of HRHF’s advocacy programme, including line management of a small team. In addition to advocacy towards States and international organisations, the position entails working closely with Human Rights Houses (HRHs)/partners in the network of Human Rights Houses to develop and implement joint advocacy strategies within the countries where HRHs are located.

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Vacancy: European Advocacy Officer, Geneva or Brussels

Human Rights House Foundation (HRHF) is looking for a resourceful and qualified candidate to support its advocacy towards the European Union and Council of Europe, in close cooperation with Human Rights Houses/partners in the network of Human Rights Houses.