Azerbaijan must immediately put an end to the threats and violence for the exercise of freedom of expression
Human Rights House Foundation is alarmed by the latest wave of threats and violence against journalists, human rights defenders, and activists in Azerbaijan as well as credible allegations of state involvement and the authorities’ failure to promptly bring perpetrators to justice. We call on the Azerbaijani authorities to ensure a safe environment for journalists and other human rights defenders and ensure full accountability for those responsible for threats and violence against them.
HRC Special Session: Statement on Ukraine
On 12 May 2022 at the 34th Special Session of the UN Human Rights Council, Human Rights House Foundation repeated its condemnation of Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine, called for every assistance to be given to the Commission of Inquiry to carry out its work, and urged the United Nations to do its utmost to protect human rights defenders and journalists working in Ukraine.
Council of Europe member states must renew their commitment to “safeguarding and promoting genuine democracy
Human Rights House Foundation, alongside the undersigned human rights organisations, welcomes the resolution and recommendation on “Safeguarding and promoting genuine democracy in Europe”, passed by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on Thursday.
Further action needed by PACE to address human rights violations following Russia’s renewed invasion of Ukraine
The consequences of the Russian Federation’s aggression against Ukraine is the focus of the ongoing plenary session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in Strasbourg this week. Ahead of the urgent procedure debate on “Russian Federation’s aggression against Ukraine: ensuring accountability for serious violations of international humanitarian law” on Thursday, 28 April 2022, Human Rights House Foundation (HRHF) urges PACE to call for additional support to human rights defenders in Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus and to support the establishment of international accountability mechanisms for serious violations of human rights committed as part of Russia’s renewed invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022.
BELARUS: Kafkaesque accusations against the staff of Viasna ahead of its 26th anniversary
Today, the Minsk City Court will begin hearings in the trial against Viasna member Marfa Rabkova and volunteer Andrey Chapiuk. Both are being prosecuted on politically motivated charges and face up to 20 years and eight years of imprisonment respectively. The proceedings are taking place as Viasna’s 26th anniversary approaches, in an overwhelmingly repressive context in Belarus. The signatory organisations reiterate their utmost support for Viasna, and call for the immediate and unconditional release of all its members as well as all arbitrarily imprisoned human rights defenders in the country.
UNGA suspension of Russia’s membership of the UN Human Rights Council is important but more is needed.
Human Rights House Foundation (HRHF) welcomes the action taken today by the UN General Assembly to suspend the Russian Federation’s membership of the Human Rights Council.
UN General Assembly: Suspend Russia’s Membership on the Human Rights Council
We, the undersigned members of the network of Human Rights Houses, call on the United Nations General Assembly to immediately suspend the membership of the Russian Federation on the UN Human Rights Council.
HRHF welcomes Council of Europe initiatives against SLAPPs
Human Rights House Foundation joins partners of The Coalition Against SLAPPs in Europe (CASE) in welcoming recent steps by the Council of Europe (CoE) to act on the growing threat of Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs).
HRC49: Statement on Ukraine
On 30 March 2022, Human Rights House Foundation delivered a statement at the 49th session of the UN Human Rights Council highlighting the human rights situation in Ukraine following the full-scale Russian invasion of the country. HRHF also highlighted the ongoing human rights crisis in Russia and called for the Council to mandate a Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Russia.