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September 18, 2020

New UN human rights investigative mechanism in Belarus must accompany political dialogue

After holding an urgent debate today to scrutinise the serious human rights violations surrounding the 9 August presidential election in Belarus, the UN took immediate action, mandating its most senior human rights official to outline a process for accountability in Belarus before the end of the year.

September 16, 2020

We stand with Belarus

Download our “We Stand With Belarus” graphics pack to show your support on the Global Day of Solidarity with Belarus, 20 September 2020.

September 14, 2020

Open statement in connection with the detention of Belarusian lawyers Ilya Salei and Maksim Znak

More than 60 civil society organisations and actors, including Human Rights House Foundation, have signed an open letter expressing deep concern at the detention of lawyers Ilya Salei and Maksim Znak on September 9, 2020, in Belarus, in a criminal case which is undeniably politically motivated.

September 9, 2020

Azerbaijani authorities must cease crackdown on dissenting voices, and release political prisoners

Human Rights House Foundation is very concerned about the expansion of persecution of dissenting voices in Azerbaijan. This is a deeply worrying trend that has taken place over many years and only increased under the guise of Covid-19 response since March.

September 1, 2020

Fourth annual “Educational Human Rights Fest” held in Chernihiv

From 1 – 12 August, Educational Human Rights House Chernihiv welcomed human rights defenders from across Ukraine, online and in-person, for its fourth annual human rights education festival. The festival was attended by representatives of the educational community – teachers, administrators, professors, students, judges, lawyers, prosecutors, and civil society activists.

August 26, 2020

Civil society organisations call on UN Human Rights Council to address human rights violations committed in Belarus

Several international and Belarusian civil society organisations including Human Rights House Foundation call on the United Nations Human Rights Council to convene a Special Session to address human rights violations committed in the lead-up, during and after the August 2020 Presidential elections in Belarus.

August 18, 2020

European governments must call on the UN to conduct an immediate investigation into human rights abuses in Belarus

We, the undersigned members of the network of Human Rights Houses, urge European governments to call on the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to immediately launch an international commission of inquiry into human rights violations in Belarus in relation to the 9 August presidential elections.

August 13, 2020

European Union and Member States must support human rights in Belarus

In advance of the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council meeting on 14 August, Human Rights House Foundation calls upon the EU to send a clear and strong message to the Belarusian authoritarian president, police, and his security forces that those responsible for grave human rights abuses will be held accountable.

August 10, 2020

HRHF urges immediate stop to the use of violence against peaceful protesters and calls on the international community to use all diplomatic measures to pressure authorities to do so

Human Rights House Foundation strongly condemns the widespread disproportionate use of violence on the part of the Belarusian authorities during and following the August 9 presidential election. The use of violence against peaceful protesters must end immediately and the fundamental human rights of the Belarusian people must be respected.

July 17, 2020

HRC adopts new resolution on Belarus & backs renewal of Special Rapporteur mandate

Human Rights House Foundation welcomes the action of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) today in adopting an important new resolution on Belarus.

July 16, 2020

HRC44: Human rights situation in Belarus

On 10 July 2020, Human Rights House Foundation delivered a statement at the Human Rights Council on the human rights situation in Belarus. HRHF called for the renewal the mandate of the Special Rapporteur and that the Council insists that Belarus takes immediate remedial action to address current human rights violations and concrete steps to ensure no further escalation around the August presidential election.

July 16, 2020

International NGOs urge support for Belarus UN mandate renewal

Human Rights House Foundation (HRHF) is among five international human rights organisations urging member and observer states of the UN Human Rights Council to support renewal of the mandate of Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Belarus, echoing the call of Belarusian civil society.