HRHF Annual Report 2020
2020 was a year of unprecedented challenges in the wake of COVID-19. In our annual report, discover how Human Rights House Foundation and the network of Human Rights Houses adapted to meet these new challenges and continue our work together to advance human rights at home and abroad.
Statement on Events Surrounding the 8 March 2021 March in Central Baku
Human Rights House Foundation condemns the latest attacks against women human rights defenders in Azerbaijan, including the abhorrent practise of targeting their privacy. We call on the Azerbaijani authorities to immediately stop the violations of the freedom of assembly and expression of their citizens, as well as to take steps to ensure the protection of all human rights defenders, including women human rights defenders and young human rights defenders.
HRHF statement on recent escalation of conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region
Human Rights House Foundation is concerned with reports of renewed hostilities along the line of contact in the Nagorno-Karabakh region which have resulted in dozens of reported deaths and serious injuries to many more. We urgently call for the de-escalation of violence and rhetoric and remind all sides that efforts to resolve the conflict must incorporate a human rights-based approach that is normatively based on international human rights standards and operationally directed toward promoting and protecting human rights.
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.
HRHF Annual Report 2019/20
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Crackdowns by Azerbaijan Authorities under the Guise of COVID-19 Response
Human Rights House Foundation and the network of Human Rights Houses express our alarm at increasing attacks by Azerbaijani authorities on peaceful protests and dissenting and opposition voices witnessed since the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country. We call on the authorities to immediately cease these human rights violations and for the international community to hold the authorities accountable.
Resisting media crackdown through self publishing
Azerbaijan’s Mehman Huseynov has reached hundreds of thousands of people through self-publishing, with his trademark humour and refusal to be silenced in the face of a media crackdown. The millions of views that he has achieved have come amidst a hostile environment for independent media, and reprisals against him and his organisation.
Concerns about responses by state authorities to the global COVID-19 crisis
The network of Human Rights Houses is concerned by recent actions on the part of state authorities across western and eastern Europe, the western Balkans, and the Caucasus in response to the escalating COVID-19 crisis. These actions, taken to combat the rising number of infections and deaths associated with COVID-19, raise questions about states’ commitments to civic freedoms and human rights.
Azerbaijani authorities must not continue to use COVID-19 pandemic to further crackdown on civil society
Human Rights House Foundation (HRHF) remains very concerned with a number of recent actions taken by the Azerbaijani authorities in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.