January 27, 2009

Government needs to abide by commitments

Statement on Nasha Viasna registration On 26 January 2009 the Nasha Viasna human rights organization applied for registration to the Ministry of Justice of Belarus. The decision by the Supreme Court of Belarus on 28 January 2003 to liquidate the human rights center Viasna was an outrage against the freedom of association, guaranteed by the […]

January 21, 2009

Belarus: Concerns with the Conscription of Civil and Political Activists

he numerous cases in the Republic of Belarus where youth activists, previously declared unfit for military service, are nevertheless conscripted in retaliation for their civic or political activism causes concern.

January 21, 2009

Azerbaijan: Libel case against Human Rights Defender Leyla Yunus

A protest is lodged against the libel case the Ministry of Interior has brought against the internationally renowned Human Rights defender Leyla Yunus.

January 20, 2009

Russia: Double murder another blow for human rights

The Russian authorities are called upon to do everything in their power to bring those responsible for the murders of Stanislav Markelov and Anatasia Barburova to justice – and to demonstrate the will to address the continuing culture of impunity.

January 20, 2009

Russia: The murder of Stanislav Markelov and Anastasia Baburova

The murder of the prominent human rights defender and lawyer
Stanislav Markelov and the journalist Anastasia Baburova is strongly condemned. The Russian authorities are called upon to conduct an immediate, thorough and impartial investigation into this and all other political murders in the country. A seperate letter was sent to the international community.

January 16, 2009

Gaza: The Israeli military’s continued targeting of media personnel in Gaza is condemned

The Israeli military’s continued targeting of media personnel in Gaza is condemned and international calls for a UN investigation into the attacks is supported.

December 11, 2008

Eritrea: Call for an end to arbitrariness and impunity

As the world celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, many Eritrean journalists and political opponents are still detained without charges for more than seven (7) years. State of Eritrea has the highest number of jailed and exiled journalists in Africa.

December 4, 2008

Azerbaijan: Coalition pledges for international radio stations

A coalition of 24 members of the Human Rights House Network, including three Human Rights Houses, have signed a letter to president Aliev in which they ask to review the decision to ban local language FM-broadcasts of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, BBC and Voice of America by the end of 2008. Banning the three stations from FM would severely deteriorate the Azerbaijani media landscape, they say.

October 11, 2008

The authorities are obliged to protect defenders of human rights

The Human Rights House Network observes that the status of human rights defenders is alarming.