European Union and Member States must support human rights in Belarus
In advance of the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council meeting on 14 August, Human Rights House Foundation calls upon the EU to send a clear and strong message to the Belarusian authoritarian president, police, and his security forces that those responsible for grave human rights abuses will be held accountable.
HRC adopts new resolution on Belarus & backs renewal of Special Rapporteur mandate
Human Rights House Foundation welcomes the action of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) today in adopting an important new resolution on Belarus.
HRC44: Human rights situation in Belarus
On 10 July 2020, Human Rights House Foundation delivered a statement at the Human Rights Council on the human rights situation in Belarus. HRHF called for the renewal the mandate of the Special Rapporteur and that the Council insists that Belarus takes immediate remedial action to address current human rights violations and concrete steps to ensure no further escalation around the August presidential election.
International NGOs urge support for Belarus UN mandate renewal
Human Rights House Foundation (HRHF) is among five international human rights organisations urging member and observer states of the UN Human Rights Council to support renewal of the mandate of Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Belarus, echoing the call of Belarusian civil society.
HRC44: Freedom of Assembly and Association
On 10 July 2020, Human Rights House Foundation delivered a statement at the Human Rights Council on Freedom of Assembly and Association. The statement highlighted by authorities on peaceful protests and dissenting and opposition voices in Azerbaijan, and the violent suppression peaceful protests ahead of the Belarusian Presidential election in August.
HRC44: Freedom of Expression
On 10 July 2020, Human Rights House Foundation delivered a statement at the Human Rights Council on Freedom of Expression, highlighting the increase in threats against journalists during the Covid-19 Crisis.
This is Belarus, one of the “best” countries in the world to live in
In Belarus, access to independent information is the greatest threat to the authoritarian state. One vlogger, Syarhey Tsikhanouski, travels the country documenting daily life in what is referred to as Europe’s latest dictatorship.
The authoritarian virus
The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic puts fundamental democratic rights to the test in several European countries. Now, Norway should use the rest of its Security Council campaign to fight for respect for human rights.
Ukrainian CSOs on the treatment of persons in detention in Crimea during Covid-19 Crisis
Nine Ukrainian CSOs including Human Rights House Crimea and all of its member organisations have jointly raised concerns on the treatment of persons in detention in Crimea during Covid-19 Crisis. They call on the Russian Federation as the peninsulas occupying power to take effective measures to combat Covid-19 in penitentiary systems. They also call on the international community to urge the Russian Federation to abide by its international human rights obligations, adhere to the recommendations of the WHO and the CPT, and to provide persons in detention with adequate care and medical assistance.