November 18, 2016

Meet Human Rights House Belgrade

Human Rights House Belgrade will welcome human rights defenders from other Houses to the city next week for the 2016 Network Assembly. Just ahead of that, it’s a good time to take a look at the House, and read a little about the organisations working there.

October 21, 2016

“States should respect and protect lawyers who promote and defend human rights defenders”

The report of the UN Special Rapporteur on Judges and Lawyers will be presented to the UN General Assembly today, 21 October 2016. The report gives clear recommendations on the actions States and bar associations should take to ensure the independence of lawyers.

July 15, 2016

UNGA Debate: Enabling active participation in society

Civil society was at the centre of a dialogue on the 12th of July as the third segment of the day’s programme at the UNGA’s high-level thematic debate “UN@70: Human Rights at the centre of the global agenda”.

July 12, 2016

Open debate with UN Secretary General Candidates

On the 12 of July at the UN, high-level representatives from States, civil society and the private sector discussed the human rights situation in the world. There was also a first televised live debate with the candidates for Secretary General at the United Nations, which was open for questions from the public.

June 11, 2016

Lawyers and civil society give input to Special Rapporteur

On 11–12 June, the Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, Mónica Pinto, will meet with and gain input from lawyers and civil society actors. Ahead of this consultation in Belgrade, members of Human Rights House Belgrade spoke to HRHF about the importance of the consultation and the benefits of a cross-border community of lawyers.

January 26, 2016

Human Rights House Belgrade Premises Attacked

Belgrade, 22nd January 2016. – In the evening between 21st and 22nd of January, unidentified attackers broke windows in the Human Rights House in Belgrade. Police arrived at the crime scene and we expect prompt reaction on identifying and appropriately sanctioning the attackers.

November 25, 2015

Updated: UN adopts resolution supporting human rights defenders

HRHN welcomes the UN General Assembly’s adoption of the resolution. This will protect, empower, and support human rights defenders, and address the increasingly threatening climate in which they work.

November 2, 2015

A demand for justice and the end to impunity

The Human Rights House Network marks November 2nd, the International Day to End Impunity, by demanding justice for all journalists who have been killed because of their work, and calling for the removal of impunity to create safer environments for journalists to operate in.

September 15, 2015

International Democracy Day: We call for more space for civil society

Civil society has less and less space to breathe or even exist in many countries, let alone participate in public life. Authorities are using restrictions as a pretext to prosecute and imprison human rights defenders, criminalising the right to be a human rights defender, and the right to assemble and associate.