May 10, 2024

Georgia on the verge of descent into authoritarianism: The authorities must immediately stop repressions against independent voices

We, the undersigned members of the Network of Human Rights Houses and other international civil society organisations urge the government of Georgia to immediately end the ongoing repressions against independent voices. We condemn the use of illegal and disproportionate force against largely peaceful protestors, physical attacks against civil society representatives, alleged illegal detention of a well-known blogger, coordinated campaign of smear, harassment and intimidation against journalists, human rights defenders and their family members, including children.

May 10, 2024

Georgian PM urged to withdraw the Law on Transparency of Foreign Influence, guarantee the safety of journalists and uphold press freedom in Georgia

Human Rights House Foundation joins a coalition of press freedom, journalists and human rights organizations led by The International Press Institute (IPI) in writing to Prime Minister of Georgia, Irakli Kobakhidze, urging him to withdraw the Law on Transparency of Foreign Influence, guarantee the safety of journalists and uphold press freedom in Georgia.

May 8, 2024

Shadow of authoritarianism hangs over Georgia

As Georgian authorities look to introduce new “foreign agent” legislation, HRHF’s Kety Abashidze outlines the situation unfolding in the country and highlights the importance of international organisations, civil society and like-minded states to show solidarity with the Georgian public and civil society and to call on the authorities to abandon the law.

April 30, 2024

Human rights defender Anar Mammadli is the latest victim of Azerbaijan’s intensified crackdown against civil society: Mammadli should be released immediately

We, the undersigned human rights organisations, condemn in strongest possible terms the Azerbaijani authorities’ detention of Anar Mammadli, a prominent human rights defender, leader of the country’s largest independent election watchdog and member of the Network of Human Rights Houses. We demand his immediate and unconditional release.

April 26, 2024

Building Resilience of Civil Society in Ukraine: Wellbeing as a Cornerstone of Sustainability

As Russia’s war in Ukraine continues, the resilience of those affected is tested daily. The psychological toll on the Ukrainian population is profound, with widespread reports of trauma, anxiety, and stress-related disorders. Ukrainian civil society organisations have mobilised to provide critical support to those in need while often needing support themselves. HRHF asked the partners from the Network of Human Rights Houses about the connection between mental health and human rights and what kind of role mental health support plays in the resilience of Ukrainian civil society.

April 24, 2024

New and renewed mandates on Belarus and Ukraine adopted – Our work at HRC55

Human Rights House Foundation (HRHF) advocated alongside partners during the 55th session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) on human rights issues including calling for the renewal of key mechanisms and mandates.

April 11, 2024

HRC55: Human rights situation in Crimea is a blueprint for how Russia seeks to transform the newly occupied territories of Ukraine

On 2 April 2024, Human Rights House Foundation delivered a statement at the 55th session of the UN Human Rights Council underlining the deteriorating situation of human rights in Russian-occupied Crimea as well as the newly occupied territories of Ukraine.

April 9, 2024

Authorities in Georgia & Republika Srpska must irrevocably withdraw legislation threatening to stifle independent civil society

Human Rights House Foundation and members of the Network of Human Rights Houses urge the Parliament of Georgia and the National Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Republika Srpska to drop proposed “Foreign agent” legislation that can damage civil society and media irreversibly, to respect international obligations undertaken by their states under Council of Europe and the UN instruments, and to uphold fundamental freedoms underpinning free and independent civil society.

April 5, 2024

HRHF welcomes the adoption of Council of Europe Recommendation on SLAPPs

As a part of the Coalition Against SLAPPs in Europe (CASE), Human Rights House Foundation welcomes today’s adoption of the CoE recommendation on Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs) by the Committee of Ministers. We call on CoE member states to follow the comprehensive recommendation, and to genuinely implement effective domestic measures to protect human rights defenders, journalists, and other civil society actors against SLAPPs.

April 3, 2024

Regional Network of Human Rights Houses launched in the Balkans

On 19 March 2024, a new Regional Network of Human Rights Houses was launched by Human Rights Houses Banja Luka, Belgrade, Zagreb and the Sarajevo Open Centre. The group also launched their first Regional Report on the situation of human rights defenders in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia.

March 27, 2024

HRHF Annual Report 2023

The human rights situation across the regions where Human Rights House Foundation (HRHF) works was further influenced by military conflict and crackdown against independent civil society. Despite this, we continued to work closely with the Network of Human Rights Houses to protect and advance human rights. Read our 2023 Annual Report.

March 26, 2024

Joint Statement on the European Commission’s 2024 Rule of Law Report

Human Rights House Foundation joins several international CSOs led by European Partnership for Democracy calling on the European Commission to strengthen the effectiveness of the rule of law dialogue, improve the impact of reporting and take decisive action against systematic human rights violations in the EU Member States.