November 3, 2021

Belarus: Human rights organisations call on Belarusian authorities to end politically motivated prosecutions

Human Rights House Foundation and 17 other international and Belarusian organizations call on Belarusian authorities to immediately annul the outrageous verdict and drop all charges against Leanid Sudalenka and Tatsiana Lasitsa, sentenced today to 3 and 2.5 years in prison, as well as five other members of Viasna who are currently in jail on politically motivated charges.

November 2, 2021

Crisis Point in Russia

The environment for human rights defenders and organisations in Russia is increasingly dire. In this report, Human Rights House Foundation outlines the impact of the sweeping crackdown and use of increasingly restrictive and repressive legislation in Russia on the work of Russian civil society domestically and internationally, providing recommendations to the international community and the Russian authorities.

October 28, 2021

Statsbudsjettet 2022: Styrket FN, sivilt samfunn, menneskerettighetsforsvarere, med vekt på Europa

Over en rekke år har vi sett at gapet mellom internasjonale standarder og nasjonal etterlevelse av menneskerettigheter blir større. Les HRHFs anbefalinger til Utenriks- og forsvarskomiteen nedenfor.

October 15, 2021

Letters from Lukashenka’s Prisoners: Danila Hancharou

Danila Hancharou is a lighting designer who had previously been employed at the New Drama Theater in Minsk. On 15 March, his apartment was searched, and he was detained for having held a one-person picket. Having been sentenced to 15 days in prison, he was due to be released on 30 March. But on 26 March, he was taken for interrogation and charged with the “organisation and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order.” He was subsequently transferred to a pre-trial detention centre. On 9 July 2021, he was put on trial and sentenced to two years in prison. He remains imprisoned in “correctional facility” #17 (IK-17) in Shklow in the Mogliev region of Belarus.

October 11, 2021

EU-Ukraine Summit 2021: EU should raise fundamental rights concerns

Ahead of the 23rd summit between the European Union and Ukraine, Human Rights House Foundation, with its partners Educational Human Rights House Chernihiv and Human Rights House Crimea urge the EU to raise with Ukraine issues concerning freedom of expression, assembly, association and human rights defenders.

October 8, 2021

Letters from Lukashenka’s Prisoners: Ksenia Syramalot

Ksenia Syramalot is a 21-year-old student at the Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences of the Belarusian State University. She was the spokesperson for the Belarusian Students’ Association and a volunteer at the Human Rights Center “Viasna”. On 23 November 2020, she was detained for “organising or participating in group actions that gravely breach public order” under Art. 342 part 1 of the Criminal Code. Her apartment was searched, and she was held in the KGB pre-trial prison. On 16 July 2021, she was sentenced to two years and six months in prison in a case known as “the student case”, which involved 12 defendants.

October 7, 2021

Innspill til den nye regjeringens utenrikspolitikk

Respekten for og nasjonal etterlevelse av menneskerettighetene og de internasjonale mekanismene som skal ivareta dem er blitt svekket de siste ti-årene. Les HRHFs anbefalinger til Norges nye regjeringsplattform.

September 30, 2021

Censoring Civil Society

Watch the full recording of the webinar “Censoring Civil Society: The impact of restrictive civil society legislation on engagement with the UN”, hosted on the sidelines of the 48th session of the Human Rights Council on 30 September 2021.

September 30, 2021

Letters from Lukashenka’s Prisoners: Elena Talkacheva

Elena Talkacheva is a journalist and was a business reporter for the independent news website, She was detained alongside 14 of her colleagues on 18 May 2021 in the framework of a criminal case initiated against for tax evasion.