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June 30, 2020

This is Belarus, one of the “best” countries in the world to live in

In Belarus, access to independent information is the greatest threat to the authoritarian state. One vlogger, Syarhey Tsikhanouski, travels the country documenting daily life in what is referred to as Europe’s latest dictatorship.

June 23, 2020

Crackdown by Belarusian Authorities on Opposition Figures, Peaceful Protestors, and Journalists

Human Rights House Foundation strongly condemns the actions in recent days of the Belarusian authorities to violently suppress peaceful protests, silence independent journalists, and intimidate members of the political opposition. These actions represent gross violations of the fundamental freedoms of association, assembly, and expression and attacks on human rights defenders. HRHF stands with the Belarusian human rights defenders, in calling on Belarusian authorities to respect fundamental freedoms and human rights, in line with Belarus’ international obligations.

June 20, 2020

Belarusian human rights defenders call for release of presidential nominee

Belarusian presidential nominee Viktar Babaryka and members of his nomination group are political prisoners and must be released according to several Belarusian NGOs including the Belarusian Human Rights House and several of its member organisations.

June 17, 2020

HRC43: Human rights in Eastern Ukraine and Crimea

In a joint statement at the 43rd Session of the UN Human Rights Council, HRHF and two Human Rights Houses highlighted reports that at least 94 people are detained in Crimea for political or religious reasons, including prominent human rights defender Server Mustafayev. Complications for people in the Eastern Ukraine conflict zone as a result of Covid-19 action were also raised.

June 15, 2020

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.

June 15, 2020

Black Lives Matter

Human Rights House Foundation stands in solidarity with everyone who speaks out and fights for a world which replaces racist systems with those which recognise the inherent dignity and human rights of all.

June 9, 2020

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.

May 27, 2020

Virus on freedom of expression

Freedom of speech in Russia needs life-saving treatment. Journalists addressing the lack of crisis management during the Covid-19 pandemic are at risk of facing death threats or imprisonment.

May 20, 2020

The authoritarian virus

The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic puts fundamental democratic rights to the test in several European countries. Now, Norway should use the rest of its Security Council campaign to fight for respect for human rights.