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Our October newsletter comes as our Rights of Defenders project moves from developing materials to hosting events and activities. Find out how it went when human rights defenders briefed the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers on the situation for defenders, and learn what else HRHF and Human Rights Houses have planned to promote the rights of defenders. Belarus was also in the spotlight, with its first review by the UN Human Rights Committee in 21 years. Read reaction to the Committee’s findings by members of the Barys Zvozskau Belarusian Human Rights House, and dig deeper into the situation in Belarus in HRHF’s exclusive interview with Miklós Haraszti – as he steps down after six years as the UN Special Rapporteur on Belarus.

In our September newsletter, explore the preliminary findings of a mission by three Human Rights Houses to document first-hand the human rights situation in Crimea. Find out who won the Rafto Prize for 2018, get inspired by Human Rights House Voronezh’s creative approach to reaching out on human rights through theatre, and read how Belarusian Aleh Matskevich went moved from military intelligence to be a human rights defender.

In our August newsletter, get inspired by HRHF’s interview with Azerbaijani human rights defender Shahla Ismayil, who has worked to empower women for more than two decades. Looking to one of the biggest human rights events in Ukraine this summer, hear from Education Human Rights House Chernihiv on hosting a nine-day, international human rights festival.

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