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December 7, 2018

Abusive use of extremism laws against Crimean human rights lawyer

Human rights lawyer Emil Kurbedinov has sentenced to administrative detention in Crimea on charges related to extremism. Members of Human Rights Houses in Ukraine and international human rights organisations, including HRHF, condemn his detention and the persecution of lawyers in Crimea.

November 20, 2018

“Stopping more brutal affronts and violations” in Belarus

Reflecting on his six years as UN Special Rapporteur on Belarus, as his tenure comes to an end, Miklós Haraszti recalls “fighting an uphill battle” in the mandate, but how ultimately it has ensured international scrutiny of the human rights situation and provided a bulwark against some of the worst violations.

November 20, 2018

Rights of Defenders on agenda of Committee of Ministers

During a rare engagement between the Council of Europe’s decision-making body and civil society, human rights defenders and the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights highlighted the need to support human rights defenders and raise awareness of their work in society.

November 19, 2018

Ukraine: Suitcases of human rights defenders

Bringing to life the stories of human rights defenders forced to leave their homes, Human Rights Houses Crimea and Chernihiv will host exhibits and installations focused on the suitcases of displaced defenders.

November 19, 2018

HRH Zagreb: Raising awareness, promoting standards on defenders

Human Rights House Zagreb is undertaking advocacy and awareness-raising activities aimed at promoting international standards relating to human rights defenders and encouraging opportunities for defenders.

November 19, 2018

HRH Tbilisi: Promoting the work of human rights defenders

Human Rights House Tbilisi will raise awareness and promote knowledge in Georgia about the work of human rights defenders.

October 18, 2018

Court rejects Mehman Huseynov’s appeal for conditional release

The Azerbaijani video journalist found no justice in his trial for defamation, and in August his first application for conditional release was rejected. His so far unsuccessful appeals against this rejection include an accuser not summoned to court and warnings against informing people of their rights. Such events are a repeat of the injustices that took place during his arrest and trial.

October 17, 2018

Political leaders in Georgia must stop slandering civil society organisations

Some 49 member and partner NGOs of 13 Human Rights Houses issue a joint letter to political leaders in Georgia.

October 4, 2018

HRHF calls for Norway to increase support for OHCHR and independent civil society

HRHF’s director Maria Dahle addressed the Norwegian parliament on 15 October 2018, appealing for a significant increase in earmarked support for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and for support to independent civil society.