UNGA suspension of Russia’s membership of the UN Human Rights Council is important but more is needed.
Human Rights House Foundation (HRHF) welcomes the action taken today by the UN General Assembly to suspend the Russian Federation’s membership of the Human Rights Council.
UN General Assembly: Suspend Russia’s Membership on the Human Rights Council
We, the undersigned members of the network of Human Rights Houses, call on the United Nations General Assembly to immediately suspend the membership of the Russian Federation on the UN Human Rights Council.
Strategic response to the human rights and security crisis in Eastern Europe
The renewed invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation on 24 February 2022 must be considered within the broader regional human rights crisis which encompasses Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine and addressed accordingly by the international community.
HRHF welcomes Council of Europe initiatives against SLAPPs
Human Rights House Foundation joins partners of The Coalition Against SLAPPs in Europe (CASE) in welcoming recent steps by the Council of Europe (CoE) to act on the growing threat of Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs).
HRC49: Statement on Ukraine
On 30 March 2022, Human Rights House Foundation delivered a statement at the 49th session of the UN Human Rights Council highlighting the human rights situation in Ukraine following the full-scale Russian invasion of the country. HRHF also highlighted the ongoing human rights crisis in Russia and called for the Council to mandate a Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Russia.
Educational Human Rights House Chernihiv damaged following full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine
On 8 March 2022, the premises of Educational Human Rights House Chernihiv were damaged during an attack in the area by Russian forces. Thankfully, no one inside the property was injured. The Chernihiv region of Ukraine has seen some of the fiercest fighting and destruction, leaving many injured or dead, following the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine on 24 February.
HRC49: Council must press Russian authorities to reverse unprecedented human rights crackdown
At the 49th session of the UN Human Rights Council, Human Rights House Foundation called on the Council to press the Russian authorities on the ongoing human rights crackdown, as well as to appoint a dedicated Special Rapporteur to monitor the human rights situation in the country. These calls were delivered in a joint statement alongside Amnesty International, CIVICUS, Human Rights Watch, and FIDH.
Civil society urges the EU to be ambitious with rule of law
Human Rights House Foundation joins over 25 CSOs issuing a set of recommendations to strengthen the European Union’s annual rule of law report for 2022.
Supporting Ukraine, Ukrainian civil society, and Human Rights Defenders
On 28 March 2022, Human Rights House Foundation and several Ukrainian and international partners hosted “Supporting Ukraine, Ukrainian civil society, and Human Rights Defenders,” a pre-event for OSCE delegations and stakeholders ahead of the Supplementary Human Dimension Meeting.