New UN human rights investigative mechanism in Belarus must accompany political dialogue
After holding an urgent debate today to scrutinise the serious human rights violations surrounding the 9 August presidential election in Belarus, the UN took immediate action, mandating its most senior human rights official to outline a process for accountability in Belarus before the end of the year.
We stand with Belarus
Download our “We Stand With Belarus” graphics pack to show your support on the Global Day of Solidarity with Belarus, 20 September 2020.
Open statement in connection with the detention of Belarusian lawyers Ilya Salei and Maksim Znak
More than 60 civil society organisations and actors, including Human Rights House Foundation, have signed an open letter expressing deep concern at the detention of lawyers Ilya Salei and Maksim Znak on September 9, 2020, in Belarus, in a criminal case which is undeniably politically motivated.
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.
Fourth annual “Educational Human Rights Fest” held in Chernihiv
From 1 – 12 August, Educational Human Rights House Chernihiv welcomed human rights defenders from across Ukraine, online and in-person, for its fourth annual human rights education festival. The festival was attended by representatives of the educational community – teachers, administrators, professors, students, judges, lawyers, prosecutors, and civil society activists.
Civil society organisations call on UN Human Rights Council to address human rights violations committed in Belarus
Several international and Belarusian civil society organisations including Human Rights House Foundation call on the United Nations Human Rights Council to convene a Special Session to address human rights violations committed in the lead-up, during and after the August 2020 Presidential elections in Belarus.
European governments must call on the UN to conduct an immediate investigation into human rights abuses in Belarus
We, the undersigned members of the network of Human Rights Houses, urge European governments to call on the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to immediately launch an international commission of inquiry into human rights violations in Belarus in relation to the 9 August presidential elections.
European Union and Member States must support human rights in Belarus
In advance of the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council meeting on 14 August, Human Rights House Foundation calls upon the EU to send a clear and strong message to the Belarusian authoritarian president, police, and his security forces that those responsible for grave human rights abuses will be held accountable.
HRHF urges immediate stop to the use of violence against peaceful protesters and calls on the international community to use all diplomatic measures to pressure authorities to do so
Human Rights House Foundation strongly condemns the widespread disproportionate use of violence on the part of the Belarusian authorities during and following the August 9 presidential election. The use of violence against peaceful protesters must end immediately and the fundamental human rights of the Belarusian people must be respected.