Crackdown by Belarusian Authorities on Opposition Figures, Peaceful Protestors, and Journalists
Human Rights House Foundation strongly condemns the actions in recent days of the Belarusian authorities to violently suppress peaceful protests, silence independent journalists, and intimidate members of the political opposition. These actions represent gross violations of the fundamental freedoms of association, assembly, and expression and attacks on human rights defenders. HRHF stands with the Belarusian human rights defenders, in calling on Belarusian authorities to respect fundamental freedoms and human rights, in line with Belarus’ international obligations.
Belarusian human rights defenders call for release of presidential nominee
Belarusian presidential nominee Viktar Babaryka and members of his nomination group are political prisoners and must be released according to several Belarusian NGOs including the Belarusian Human Rights House and several of its member organisations.
HRC43: Human rights in Eastern Ukraine and Crimea
In a joint statement at the 43rd Session of the UN Human Rights Council, HRHF and two Human Rights Houses highlighted reports that at least 94 people are detained in Crimea for political or religious reasons, including prominent human rights defender Server Mustafayev. Complications for people in the Eastern Ukraine conflict zone as a result of Covid-19 action were also raised.
Crackdowns by Azerbaijan Authorities under the Guise of COVID-19 Response
Human Rights House Foundation and the network of Human Rights Houses express our alarm at increasing attacks by Azerbaijani authorities on peaceful protests and dissenting and opposition voices witnessed since the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country. We call on the authorities to immediately cease these human rights violations and for the international community to hold the authorities accountable.
Black Lives Matter
Human Rights House Foundation stands in solidarity with everyone who speaks out and fights for a world which replaces racist systems with those which recognise the inherent dignity and human rights of all.
Belarusian authorities must cease attacks on human rights defenders and journalists
Human Rights House Foundation is observing with increasing concern the wave of arrests and disappearances of human rights defenders and journalists across Belarus. Against the backdrop of worrying increases in COVID-19 infections and the August 2020 Presidential elections, the actions by Belarusian authorities to intimidate human rights defenders and limit the spread of information by independent journalists are alarming.
Ukrainian CSOs on the treatment of persons in detention in Crimea during Covid-19 Crisis
Nine Ukrainian CSOs including Human Rights House Crimea and all of its member organisations have jointly raised concerns on the treatment of persons in detention in Crimea during Covid-19 Crisis. They call on the Russian Federation as the peninsulas occupying power to take effective measures to combat Covid-19 in penitentiary systems. They also call on the international community to urge the Russian Federation to abide by its international human rights obligations, adhere to the recommendations of the WHO and the CPT, and to provide persons in detention with adequate care and medical assistance.
Global NGO community calls on UN and member States to maintain human rights focused response to COVID-19
Human Rights House Foundation stands with the global NGO community in advocating for human rights to be at the centre of the United Nations’ coordinated response to the COVID-19 pandemic and calling on States to respect the rule of law and legal protections for human rights in their responses. The following statements were made on behalf of more than 75 NGOs during the 9 April 2020 UN Human Rights Council’s virtual informal conversation with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Azerbaijani authorities must not continue to use COVID-19 pandemic to further crackdown on civil society
Human Rights House Foundation (HRHF) remains very concerned with a number of recent actions taken by the Azerbaijani authorities in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.