Belarusian authorities must cease attacks on human rights defenders and journalists
Human Rights House Foundation is observing with increasing concern the wave of arrests and disappearances of human rights defenders and journalists across Belarus. Against the backdrop of worrying increases in COVID-19 infections and the August 2020 Presidential elections, the actions by Belarusian authorities to intimidate human rights defenders and limit the spread of information by independent journalists are alarming.
Ukrainian CSOs on the treatment of persons in detention in Crimea during Covid-19 Crisis
Nine Ukrainian CSOs including Human Rights House Crimea and all of its member organisations have jointly raised concerns on the treatment of persons in detention in Crimea during Covid-19 Crisis. They call on the Russian Federation as the peninsulas occupying power to take effective measures to combat Covid-19 in penitentiary systems. They also call on the international community to urge the Russian Federation to abide by its international human rights obligations, adhere to the recommendations of the WHO and the CPT, and to provide persons in detention with adequate care and medical assistance.
Upholding human rights during and after the Covid-19 crisis
On 29 April 2020, representatives of several Human Rights Houses discussed the human rights challenges posed by the impact of Covid-19 with Clément Voule, UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of association and assembly as he took part in an HRHF-organised online consultation. The consultation aimed to identify solutions to these challenges, and to ensure that human rights are upheld during and after the crisis.
Global NGO community calls on UN and member States to maintain human rights focused response to COVID-19
Human Rights House Foundation stands with the global NGO community in advocating for human rights to be at the centre of the United Nations’ coordinated response to the COVID-19 pandemic and calling on States to respect the rule of law and legal protections for human rights in their responses. The following statements were made on behalf of more than 75 NGOs during the 9 April 2020 UN Human Rights Council’s virtual informal conversation with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Azerbaijani authorities must not continue to use COVID-19 pandemic to further crackdown on civil society
Human Rights House Foundation (HRHF) remains very concerned with a number of recent actions taken by the Azerbaijani authorities in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Mid-term review of project: “PEACE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS”
Human Rights House Foundation (HRHF) is seeking consultants in order to undertake a mid-term review of its project “Peace for Human Rights Defenders: Protect, Empower, Advocate, Connect and Engage.” Any individual or firm interested in undertaking this evaluation should submit a proposal by 14th April.
Network of Human Rights Houses welcomes new member
The network of Human Rights Houses welcomed its newest member – Human Rights House Kazan – in November 2019, bringing the total number of Houses in the network to 17.
New UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders Appointed
Human Rights House Foundation welcomes the appointment of Mary Lawlor as the new United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders. The appointment was made during the 43rd session of the Human Rights Council.