December 20, 2022

Joint NGO Letter to the European Parliament on Proposals to Halt Human Rights Activities

On 20 December 2022, The Human Rights and Democracy Network (HRDN) issued a joint letter to the European Parliament raising concerns over recent debates and proposals to freeze all activities of the European Parliament’s Human Rights Subcommittee (DROI) and to stop all urgency resolutions. HRDN members including HRHF urge that Parliament instead recommits to and doubles down on its efforts to speak up louder and stronger in the face of abuses, including those committed by any government who might have tried to exert undue influence on Parliament activities.

June 28, 2022

Uheldige endringer i visumpraksis for russiske borgere bør reverseres

Human Rights House Foundation og flere norske organisasjoner oppfordrer justisministeren til å sørge for at Norge har en fleksibel visumpraksis som gir rom for at russiske borgere som er utsatt for økt press fra myndighetene får visum.

February 22, 2022

Joint NGO letter urging renewal of OHCHR examination of Belarus at HRC49

In a joint letter, Human Rights House Foundation and 12 international and Belarusian organisations urge Human Rights Council member and observer states to support the renewal of the OHCHR examination of the human rights situation in Belarus at its 49th session.

September 29, 2021

Letters from Lukashenka’s Prisoners: Levon Khalatrian

Levon Khalatrian worked as a bar manager and was a volunteer with [opposition politician] Viktar Babaryka’s campaign in the lead-up to the presidential election on 9 August 2020. He was detained two days after the election, on 11 August 2020, and was reported to have been badly beaten at the time. He remained in pre-trial detention for 6 months.

September 24, 2021

Belarus Ministry of Justice should withdraw liquidation lawsuit against the Belarusian Helsinki Committee

Human Rights House Foundation joins four other international human rights organisations in urging the Belarusian authorities to withdraw the Ministry of Justice’s lawsuit to liquidate the Belarusian Helsinki Committee (BHC).

September 21, 2021

Letters from Lukashenka’s Prisoners: Marfa Rabkova

Marfa Rabkova is a human rights defender and a coordination of the volunteer service at the Human Rights Centre Viasna. She took part in the campaign “Human Rights Defenders for Free Elections”, which saw over 1,500 observers register for election monitoring during the 2020 presidential election. Rabkova was detained on 17 September 2020.

September 17, 2021

Belarus: International human rights groups demand release of Viasna members on first anniversary of crackdown

On the first anniversary of the unprecedented crackdown on the Human Rights Center Viasna (“Viasna”) in Belarus, Human Rights House Foundation joins 22 international and Belarusian human rights organizations in launching a campaign to demand the release of seven detained Viasna members, as well as highlighting the plight of hundreds of others, who have been prosecuted and jailed solely for exercising their rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression.

September 14, 2021

Letters from Lukashenka’s Prisoners: Maxim Znak

Maxim Znak is a lawyer who has been in detention since 18 September 2020. Shortly after his detention, he told his lawyer: “Normal life of society is impossible without law, just as human life is impossible without food”.

August 23, 2021

Letters from Lukashenka’s Prisoners: Volha Takarchuk

Volha Takarchuk runs a political vlog with almost 37,000 subscribers. She was detained several times after the August 2020 election, but on the morning of 19 May her apartment was searched, some of her belongings were seized, and she was detained. She has remained in prison since then.