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.
HRC50 summary: Pushing for action on crisis in Eastern Europe and advocating for stronger international human rights standards
At the 50th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, Human Rights House Foundation continued its work calling on the Human Rights Council to take action on the human rights crisis in Eastern Europe characterised, in part, by the full-scale invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation, and the increasingly dire human rights situation in Belarus.
Poland: “Any success in the fight against populism should not make us complacent”
“For years I believed that our greatest success was that we, the pro-democratic forces in Poland, managed to lead our country, as the first in the socialist bloc, along the path of peaceful transformation from socialism to liberal democracy. And also that we managed, relatively efficiently and quickly, to build a stable system of a democratic rule of law in the country. For some years now, this belief of mine has been put to a very difficult test.”
HRC50: Statement on the freedoms of assembly and of association
On 17 June 2022, Human Rights House Foundation underlined the importance of civil society’s access to resources at an interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the freedoms of assembly and association.
The human rights situation in the Russian Federation
On 23 June 2022, Human Rights House Foundation and several international human rights organisations hosted the HRC50 virtual side event “The human rights situation in the Russian Federation: Building a bridge with civil society as human rights violations intensify”.
Human Rights in Crisis, Belarus 2022
Watch it again: HRC50 digital side event “Human Rights in Crisis, Belarus 2022” organised on Tuesday, 14 June, 2022 by Human Rights House Foundation, PEN America and the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Lithuania, Geneva.
UN Human Rights Council must react to the deteriorating human rights situation in Russia by establishing a Special Rapporteur on human rights in Russia at its next session
Human Rights House Foundation joins other international NGOs in calling on the EU to table a resolution at the upcoming 50th session of the UN Human Rights Council to mandate a Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Russia.
Russian civil society calls on UN to establish Special Rapporteur to monitor and report on human rights in Russia
On 23 May 2022, a group of over 30 Russian civil society organisations and independent human rights defenders issued a public call to the UN Human Rights Council to establish a Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Russian Federation at the Council’s upcoming 50th session.
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.