May 13, 2022

Azerbaijan must immediately put an end to the threats and violence for the exercise of freedom of expression

Human Rights House Foundation is alarmed by the latest wave of threats and violence against journalists, human rights defenders, and activists in Azerbaijan as well as credible allegations of state involvement and the authorities’ failure to promptly bring perpetrators to justice. We call on the Azerbaijani authorities to ensure a safe environment for journalists and other human rights defenders and ensure full accountability for those responsible for threats and violence against them.

May 12, 2022

Regjeringen må øke støtten til de som kjemper for menneskerettighetene

Krigen mot Ukraina har vist at frihet, demokrati og menneskerettigheter ikke kan tas for gitt. Det er verdier som må kjempes for. Menneskerettighetsforkjempere verden over risikerer livet for disse verdiene hver dag. Bare i 2021 ble minst 358 aktivister drept.

May 12, 2022

HRC Special Session: Statement on Ukraine

On 12 May 2022 at the 34th Special Session of the UN Human Rights Council, Human Rights House Foundation repeated its condemnation of Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine, called for every assistance to be given to the Commission of Inquiry to carry out its work, and urged the United Nations to do its utmost to protect human rights defenders and journalists working in Ukraine.

May 10, 2022

Moscow Mechanism report on Ukraine: Next steps for the OSCE

On 16 May 2022, Human Rights House Foundation and several Ukrainian and international partners hosted “Moscow Mechanism report on Ukraine: Next steps for the OSCE,” a pre-event for OSCE delegations and stakeholders ahead of the Supplementary Human Dimension Meeting.

April 29, 2022

Council of Europe member states must renew their commitment to “safeguarding and promoting genuine democracy

Human Rights House Foundation, alongside the undersigned human rights organisations, welcomes the resolution and recommendation on “Safeguarding and promoting genuine democracy in Europe”, passed by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on Thursday.

April 26, 2022

House-to-House 2022: Call for applications

Human Rights House Foundation announces a call for applications to House-to-House Project Fund 2022. HRHF welcomes all Human Rights Houses, their member organisations as well as organisations and actors from outside of the network to apply for funding.

April 26, 2022

Further action needed by PACE to address human rights violations following Russia’s renewed invasion of Ukraine

The consequences of the Russian Federation’s aggression against Ukraine is the focus of the ongoing plenary session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in Strasbourg this week. Ahead of the urgent procedure debate on “Russian Federation’s aggression against Ukraine: ensuring accountability for serious violations of international humanitarian law” on Thursday, 28 April 2022, Human Rights House Foundation (HRHF) urges PACE to call for additional support to human rights defenders in Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus and to support the establishment of international accountability mechanisms for serious violations of human rights committed as part of Russia’s renewed invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022.

April 25, 2022

BELARUS: Kafkaesque accusations against the staff of Viasna ahead of its 26th anniversary

Today, the Minsk City Court will begin hearings in the trial against Viasna member Marfa Rabkova and volunteer Andrey Chapiuk. Both are being prosecuted on politically motivated charges and face up to 20 years and eight years of imprisonment respectively. The proceedings are taking place as Viasna’s 26th anniversary approaches, in an overwhelmingly repressive context in Belarus. The signatory organisations reiterate their utmost support for Viasna, and call for the immediate and unconditional release of all its members as well as all arbitrarily imprisoned human rights defenders in the country.

April 19, 2022

Human rights crisis in Eastern Europe: Show support with fundraisers

The renewed invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation on 24 February 2022 must be considered within the broader regional human rights crisis which encompasses Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine. Find out how you can take action to support civil society in Eastern Europe through various fundraising activities below.