EU leadership needed to establish Special Rapporteur on Russia at HRC51
In a joint letter, Human Rights House Foundation and several international civil society organisations call on the European Union to lead a process to establish a Special Rapporteur on Russia at the 51st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council.
HRC50: Civil society presents key takeaways from Human Rights Council
HRHF and several organisations led by ISHR share reflections on the key outcomes of the 50th session of the UN Human Rights Council, as well as the missed opportunities to address key issues and situations. A shortened version was delivered at the Council.
HRC50: Human rights in Crimea
On 5 July 2022, at the 50th session of the UN Human Rights Council, Human Rights House Foundation (HRHF) highlighted the human rights situation in Crimea in the context of the Russian occupation and aggression against Ukraine. HRHF called on the Council to continue to express solidarity with Crimeans, to address opportunities to provide support to victims of political reprisals in Crimea and to provide assistance to investigations into serious human rights violations and international crimes occurring in Crimea as well as the rest of Ukraine.
HRC50: Statement on disinformation
On 28 June 2022, Human Rights House Foundation urged states to ensure that responses to the spread of disinformation comply with international human rights law, to refrain from conducting or sponsoring disinformation campaigns, and to seek to strengthen the resilience of societies against the negative impact of disinformation. This statement was delivered at the 50th session of the UN Human Rights Council.
HRC50: Council must renew the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on Belarus
On 28 June 2022, Human Rights House Foundation called on the Human Rights Council to renew the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Belarus during the 50th session of the Council.
HRC50: States must protect media freedom in the digital age
ARTICLE 19 issued this statement on behalf of 12 NGOs, including Human Rights House Foundation, during the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression at the 50th Session of the UN Human Rights Council.
HRC50: Statement on Freedom of Expression
Human Rights House Foundation (HRHF) highlighted the chilling effect that online surveillance and legal harassment including SLAPPs have on freedom of expression. In addition, HRHF raised its concern about the situation for independent journalists and media outlets in Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, and Russia.
CSOs urge transparent, merit-based, and consultative process to pick next UN High-Commissioner
Human Rights House Foundation joins over 60 international civil society organisations in an open letter calling on the UN Secretary-General to identify an outstanding candidate for the next UN High Commissioner for Human Rights through a consultative process and to vigorously defend the independence of the Office of the High Commissioner, including through adequate resourcing.
PACE resolutions on Russia underscore need for further support to Russian civil society
Human Rights House Foundation welcomes the unanimous adoption of two important resolutions of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) regarding the situation of political prisoners in the Russian Federation and the need to restore human rights and the rule of law in the North Caucasus. Both resolutions underscore the need for greater international attention to the domestic situation in Russia and the continued need of support for civil society.