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.
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.
HRHF Annual Report 2021
In 2021, Human Rights House Foundation and the network of Human Rights Houses worked in partnership to meet human rights challenges across Europe from the Thames to the Caspian. Find out how we did this and continued our work together to advance human rights at home and abroad.
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.
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.
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.
Defending human rights together for three decades: the very first Human Rights House celebrates its 30th anniversary
On 1st September 2022, the very first Human Rights House – Human Rights House Oslo – was finally able to celebrate its 30th anniversary following a delay due to the pandemic and a change of premises.
Letters from Lukashenka’s Prisoners: Ivan Datsyshyn
Ivan Datsyshyn, known to his family and friends as Vanya, is a 21-year-old student of radiophysics and computer technology at the Belarusian State University. On the night of 11 August 2020, two days after the highly disputed presidential election, Ivan witnessed the detentions of protesters on Dzerzhinsky Avenue in Minsk. In an effort to force the authorities to leave and not detain people, he allegedly threw a stone at the police bus.
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.
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.
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.
Arendalsuka // European democracies in crisis – what is Norway’s role?
Join us on Thursday 18 August at Arendalsuka, Norway for a conversation on the future of democracy in Europe with three leading experts from Poland, Hungary, and Romania.