August 31, 2023

The Sunflower Declaration

Human Rights House Foundation co-signs the Sunflower Declaration that was launched by Nobel Peace Prize laureates at the Nobel Peace Conference in Oslo on 31 August 2023. The Declaration calls for urgent action to protect human rights defenders at risk.

July 17, 2023

Advocating for human rights in Belarus, Ukraine & more – our work at HRC53

At the 53rd session of the UN Human Rights Council, Human Rights House Foundation (HRHF) continued to underline the alarming human rights trends prevailing in Eastern Europe. Alongside members of the Network of Human Rights Houses and other partners, HRHF once again urged the Council to adopt decisive measures in response to the pressing regional crisis, including on the issues of freedom of expression, assembly, and association, as well as pressure facing judges and lawyers.

July 13, 2023

HRC53: Human rights in Crimea & newly occupied territories of Ukraine

On 12 July 2023, Human Rights House Foundation delivered a statement at the 53rd session of the UN Human Rights Council highlighting the situation for over 140 political prisoners in Crimea as well as human rights in the newly occupied territories of Ukraine.

July 11, 2023

HRC53: Nine Years of Darkness – Human Rights in Crimea

On 11 July 2023, Human Rights House Foundation and the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the United Nations in Geneva co-hosted a side event at the 53rd session of the Human Rights Council aiming to shed light on the human rights situation in Crimea. The side event was co-sponsored by several states and Ukrainian civil society organisations.

June 21, 2023

“Without dreaming big there is no thinking big” – Network workshop on building impactful projects

From 12-15 June 2023, 20 participants from the Network of Human Rights Houses gathered in Vilnius, Lithuania, for “From Idea to Impact”, a workshop organised by Human Rights House Foundation focused on designing and implementing impactful human rights projects. The workshop was co-funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the European Union.

June 9, 2023

Crimea to Batumi in 11 days: a human rights defender’s leap to safety

In October 2022, human rights defender Olena Vinsent, fled increasing danger in occupied Crimea with her mother, their three cats and their dog, driving through Russia to reach safety in Georgia. Today she lives and carries out human rights work in Batumi and is still getting used to feeling safe.

May 25, 2023

“Stories from occupied Crimea” exhibited in Kyiv, Brussels and Vilnius

On May 18, the “Stories from occupied Crimea” photo exhibition opened in the capital cities of Ukraine, Belgium and Lithuania, marking the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Deportation of the Crimean Tatar People. The exhibition sheds light on the renewed repressions of Crimean Tatars since the 2014 occupation of the peninsula by Russia.

April 28, 2023

HRHF Annual Report 2022

2022 was a year of unprecedented assaults on human rights stemming from Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. More than ever, the Network of Human Rights Houses came together to strengthen and advance human rights. Read our 2022 Annual Report.

April 20, 2023

New Human Rights House established in Banja Luka

Human Rights House Banja Luka has joined the network of Human Rights Houses as its newest member. The House will play a crucial role in promoting and protecting human rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the wider region.