Resisting media crackdown through self publishing
Azerbaijan’s Mehman Huseynov has reached hundreds of thousands of people through self-publishing, with his trademark humour and refusal to be silenced in the face of a media crackdown. The millions of views that he has achieved have come amidst a hostile environment for independent media, and reprisals against him and his organisation.
“We had to create a movement”
Concerned that femicide was becoming the social norm in Georgia, Baia Pataraia mobilised a Women’s movement against domestic violence and the murder of women that has grown to 3000 activists on Facebook. HRHF spoke to the chair of Human Rights House Tbilisi, and the director of Sapari about her work, the challenges facing Women Human Rights Defenders, and how to empower the next generation of young Georgian women.
Addressing human rights violations in Ukrainian law enforcement
“Human rights violations in law enforcement are affected by two main factors: motivation and impunity… It is around these two factors that we build our strategy.”
“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.
A Belief in Human Rights Education
“Not many people know about human rights in Ukraine, and similar to other countries in our region, what people know is often distorted. We look for the entry point with people… a place where we can start discussing human rights values, philosophy, and history.”
“Stopping more brutal affronts and violations” in Belarus
Reflecting on his six years as UN Special Rapporteur on Belarus, as his tenure comes to an end, Miklós Haraszti recalls “fighting an uphill battle” in the mandate, but how ultimately it has ensured international scrutiny of the human rights situation and provided a bulwark against some of the worst violations.
Reflecting on 10 years at Human Rights House Foundation
In September 2018, Florian Irminger, former Head of Advocacy at Human Rights House Foundation, left the organisation to pursue a new role as the Executive Director of Penal Reform International. In this video, Florian reflects on his time at HRHF, and discusses what both organisations have in common.
From Military Intelligence to Human Rights Defender
Once set to pursue a career as an interceptor of foreign transmitters among troops stationed outside Moscow, Aleh Matskevich from Barysaŭ, Belarus, is now a human rights defender. He saw an independent Belarus emerging and it turned him into a different kind of man.
Two Decades Empowering Women in Azerbaijan
For more than 20 years, Shahla Ismayil has worked to promote gender equality and further women’s empowerment and participation in Azerbaijan. Her life, achievements and inspirations tell a story of women’s rights, as well as a passion for her country and its development.