“We had to create a movement”
Concerned that femicide was becoming the social norm in Georgia, Baia Pataraia mobilised a Women’s movement against domestic violence and the murder of women that has grown to 3000 activists on Facebook. HRHF spoke to the chair of Human Rights House Tbilisi, and the director of Sapari about her work, the challenges facing Women Human Rights Defenders, and how to empower the next generation of young Georgian women.
HRHF calls for investigation into crash involving Azerbaijani Defender
Human Rights House Foundation (HRHF) is deeply concerned about the health of human rights defender Oktay Gulaliyev following a car crash. We call on Azerbaijani authorities to conduct a thorough, impartial and transparent investigation.
HRHF Annual Report 2018/19
Discover how Human Rights House Foundation protected and advanced the rights of human rights defenders, strengthened independent civil society, and supported a strong, active network of Human Rights Houses.
Addressing human rights violations in Ukrainian law enforcement
“Human rights violations in law enforcement are affected by two main factors: motivation and impunity… It is around these two factors that we build our strategy.”
HRHF calls on UN HRC42 to pass strong resolution on reprisals
HRHF calls on Members of the United Nations Human Rights Council to pass by consensus a strong resolution on reprisals, in a statement to be delivered on 19 September 2019 at the 42nd session of the Human Rights Council, HRC42.
Much-needed reforms to Council of Europe reprisal mechanism
The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, has announced much-needed reforms to the human rights body’s “reprisal mechanism” – launched in May 2017 to ensure “human rights defenders… never face retribution for their principled stance.”
Human rights organisations urge support for UN resolution on reprisals
The resolution aims to strengthen responses by the UN and States to put an end to reprisals for cooperating with the UN in the field of human rights. Human rights organisations sent the following joint letter to members of the Human Rights Council on 9 September 2019 – the opening day of HRC42.
HRHF statement on assembly and association in Armenia at HRC41
HRHF raises hate speech and smear campaigns against women human rights defenders in Armenia, in its statement to the UN Human Rights Council (HRC41) on 26 June 2019. This follows the UN special rapporteur on freedom of association and assembly presenting his report on his November 2018 visit to Armenia.
Two years on from alleged abduction, Afgan Mukhtarli investigation still not completed
Human Rights House Tbilisi, its member organisations, and a coalition of NGOs have issued a joint statement urging the Georgian authorities to take all necessary measures to effectively investigate Afgan Mukhtarli’s alleged abduction and hold any offenders accountable.