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.
Belarus needs “true desire” to improve human rights
Following its first review of Belarus in 21 years, the UN Human Rights Committee concluded that there are “many issues to address.” Human rights defenders warn that these findings need to translate to changes in the country.
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.
HRC39 End of Session Statement
Some 12 human right NGOs issued a joint statement reflecting on the 39th Human Rights Council session, upon its conclusion at the end of September.
Candidates to the Human Rights Council must be fit for membership
UNGA73: Member States of the UN should refrain from voting for candidates to the Human Rights Council that are unfit for membership
Assembly and association “enable rights”
UN Special Rapporteur Clément Voule introduces his aims and priorities for freedom of assembly and association mandate, and discusses cooperation with civil society, in an interview with HRHF on the sidelines of HRC38.
HRHF statement on Belarus at HRC38
Human Rights House Foundation delivered the following statement on Belarus to the UN Human Rights Council (HRC38). This statement enjoys the support of 11 Belarusian human rights organisations.
Annual Report 2017/18
Time and again in 2017 we saw how resilient, creative, and adaptable human rights defenders can be in the face of repression.
Spotlight on Ukraine at United Nations
In the week following the fourth anniversary of the illegal annexation of Crimea, the United Nations has seized on several opportunities to highlight the dire human rights situation on the peninsula.