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September 23, 2022

HRC51: statement at ID with Independent Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine

On 23rd September, Human Rights House Foundation delivered a statement at HRC51 highlighting the human rights situation in Ukraine following the full-scale Russian invasion, with a particular focus on the situation for enforced disappearances as reported by network of Human Rights Houses member, ZMINA. The statement was delivered during the Interactive dialogue with the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the situation of human rights in Ukraine stemming from the Russian aggression.

September 21, 2022

Human Rights Council should take urgent action to address dire human rights situation in Russia

Human Rights House Foundation and other international human rights organisations urge the UN Human Rights Council member states show solidarity with Russian human rights civil society by supporting a resolution establishing a Special Rapporteur mandate on the human rights situation in Russia.

September 21, 2022

Russian human rights defenders and organisations call on UN Human Rights Council to establish a Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Russia

We, the undersigned human rights defenders and organisations from the Russian Federation, urge member States of the UN Human Rights Council to establish a mandate of a Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in the Russian Federation at its 51st session.

September 8, 2022

International Civil Society Organisations call for an effective and enabling EU Visa framework for At-Risk Human Rights Defenders

In a joint statement published on 7 September 2022 at the initiative of ProtectDefenders.eu, 50 international civil society organisations including Human Rights House Foundation are calling on all European Union institutions and the EU Member States to return on their political mandate in favor of human rights and human rights defenders, and lead on the implementation of concrete initiatives, good practices, and policy changes to ensure that at-risk human rights defenders can access European Union visas with guarantees, security, and predictability.

September 5, 2022

Serbian authorities must support and protect EuroPride 2022

We, the undersigned members and supporters of the network of Human Rights Houses, call on the Serbian authorities to support and protect EuroPride 2022 organisers and participants and ensure their safety in the run-up to and implementation of festivities from 12 – 18 September 2022 in Belgrade.

September 5, 2022

Belarus: Upcoming verdict in the case against Viasna members Maria Rabkova and Andrei Chapiuk

On September 6, Minsk City Court will pronounce the verdict in the politically motivated and harrowing case of human rights defenders Maria (Marfa) Rabkova and Andrey Chapiuk, in a climate of sweeping repression of civil society in Belarus. The signatory organisations call for their immediate and unconditional release, as well as for the release of all other human rights defenders arbitrarily detained in the country.

August 29, 2022

Belarusian authorities must not withdraw Belarus from First Optional Protocol of the ICCPR

We, the undersigned Belarusian and international human rights organisations, condemn recent steps taken by the Belarusian authorities to withdraw from the First Optional Protocol of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and remove an important avenue for redress for victims of human rights violations committed by Belarusian authorities. The move would also set a dangerous precedent for states seeking to negate their international human rights obligations to avoid unwanted scrutiny.

August 29, 2022

Russian civil society calls on EU to lead process to establish Special Rapporteur on Russia at HRC51

We, the undersigned human rights defenders and organisations from the Russian Federation, urge EU member states to lead a core group of states at the 51st Session of the UN Human Rights Council to establish a mandate of a Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in the Russian Federation. 

August 24, 2022

Marking six months since the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine

Six months after the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, Human Rights House Foundation repeats its condemnation of Russian aggression against Ukraine and ensuing human rights crisis. HRHF also renews its call on UN Human Rights Council member states to establish a Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Russia.