Way forward for human rights defenders

Criminalisation and repression of human rights defenders is not the right way forward for Europe. Watch the video of the panel debate here!

The Human Rights House Network’s 20th Anniversary panel discussiontook place at Litteraturhuset in Oslo Wednesday 9 September:

Moderated by Riz Khan, international journalist, prominent media professional, television host and author who rose to prominence as a journalist for BBC, CNN and Al Jazeera English. 


  • Sanja Sarnavka, B.a.B.e., Human Rights House Zagreb
    Prominent women’s rights defender who is a leading figure in Croatian civil society.
  • Maina KiaiUnited Nations Special Rapporteur
    Defining figure of Kenya’s human rights community and an outspoken UN figure.
  • Emin MilliMeydan TV
    Former political prisoner in Azerbaijan, now building a media outlet that stands against repression.
  • Prof. Bernt Hagtvet, University of Oslo
    Specialist on authoritarian regimes, European politics, extremist movements and human rights.
    Board Member, Human Rights House Foundation. 

Opening remarks by Olemic ThommessenPresident of the Norwegian Parliament, politician and civil society actor who has been involved in culture, human rights, and democracy for three decades. 

Wednesday 9 September 2015
Wergelandsveien 29, Oslo 2nd Floor Amalie Skram Room 



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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.