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Turkmenistan: Human rights groups highlight urgent issues for EU engagement

Turkmenistan: Human rights groups highlight urgent issues for EU engagement

Turkmenistan: Dual personality cult, arbitrary travel bans and zero tolerance to public criticism
Country & Thematic Reports

Turkmenistan: Dual personality cult, arbitrary travel bans and zero tolerance to public criticism

Tajikistan: On the road to total control?
Country & Thematic Reports

Tajikistan: On the road to total control?

Kyrgyzstan: Prosecutors Seek 20 Years for Peaceful Critics – Free Activists; Drop Charges
Statements & Appeals

Kyrgyzstan: Prosecutors Seek 20 Years for Peaceful Critics – Free Activists; Drop Charges

Uzbekistan: Former diplomat Kadyr Yusupov released – call for redress and compensation
Statements & Appeals

Uzbekistan: Former diplomat Kadyr Yusupov released – call for redress and compensation

InternationalPartnershipfor Human Rights

International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) is an independent, non-governmental organisation founded in Brussels in 2008. For over a decade, IPHR has cooperated with civil society groups in Central Asia, Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus to promote accountability for human rights violations. Aligned with our mission, we empower partner groups to conduct their work locally, even in highly challenging conditions, and assist them in raising human rights concerns on the international stage.

Civil Society Support, Capacity-Building & Cooperation

Civil Society Support, Capacity-Building & Cooperation

At the heart of our mission, we establish partnerships with local civil society actors and support their endeavours to advance justice, human rights, and the rule of law in their respective countries. This support takes the form of collaborative activities and initiatives aimed at fostering positive change.

We develop and implement joint projects with local civil society partners, carry out joint activities with them on agreed priority issues, and provide tailored assistance and capacity building depending on their needs. We work with both well-established civil society organisations and emerging and grassroots initiatives, and our capacity-building encompasses both expert-led training sessions and hands-on cooperation.  

We also support networking and coalition-building among civil society groups from different countries and facilitate cross-country cooperation on countering human rights violations. 

Monitoring & Reporting

Monitoring & Reporting

We collaborate with local partners to research and document human rights violations in targeted countries. Our findings are disseminated through various publications like statements, reports, and submissions to international bodies.

We use our publications to inform key stakeholders and broader audiences about the evolving human rights situation in the countries where we work. Our publications serve as essential tools in our advocacy and communications efforts, aiming to garner support for pressing human rights causes.

Fact-finding missions are an important part of our research and documentation activities and we prioritise efforts to investigate and document human rights violations committed in conflict and crisis situations.

Advocacy & Communications

Advocacy & Communications

Together with partners, we carry out focused, targeted and impact-oriented advocacy with international institutions and governments to inform and influence their policies on human rights issues in our target countries.

Our engagement encompasses the EU, Council of Europe, Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the United Nations, and other institutions and governments.

We continue diversifying our communication channels and strengthening our outreach approach to effectively disseminate information about human rights issues in our target countries, communicate our positions on current developments in these countries and mobilise support for our calls among broader target audiences. 

Crisis Response

Crisis Response

Being aware that crises can emerge suddenly and without warning, IPHR maintains an organisational posture characterised by flexibility and adaptability, allowing us to mobilise quickly to address evolving situations in our region.

We’ve activated this crisis response capacity repeatedly in recent years, not only in the face of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, but also following the the suppression of mass protests in Central Asia in 2022 (the ‘Bloody January’ in Kazakhstan and the events in the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region in Tajikistan and in the Republic of Karakalpakstan in Uzbekistan), Lukashenka’s 2020-2021 crackdown on protest in Belarus, the 2020 war in Nagorno-Karabakh and subsequent clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan and other crises in the region where we work.  

Our crisis response initiatives typically consist of three parts: (i) emergency support to partners at risk, such as operational support, resilience-building, or emergency relocation; (ii) multidisciplinary investigation of suspected human rights violations; and (iii) strategic follow-ups, including advocacy, accountability-seeking and provision of tailored support to survivors and witnesses.

Holistic Accountability

Holistic Accountability

IPHR supports strategic litigation on key human rights issues in our target countries and uses international, regional, and domestic accountability mechanisms to help end impunity for serious human rights violations in Eastern Europe, South Caucasus and Central Asia.

Our holistic approach to accountability encompasses a set of mutually reinforcing strategies, including field documentation of IHL and ICL violations, OSINT analysis, in-house legal research, followed by strategic litigation and advocacy.

IPHR also conducts capacity building of local actors on international accountability mechanisms.

Promoting the Rights of Vulnerable Groups and Individuals

Promoting the Rights of Vulnerable Groups and Individuals

We work with our partners to improve respect for the rights of groups and individuals who are among those most vulnerable to human rights violations. We campaign in support of human rights groups and defenders subjected to persecution; civil society activists, lawyers, journalists, bloggers and others who challenge the policies of authoritarian governments; political prisoners and victims of torture and unfair trials; ethnic, sexual, religious and other minorities; women and children who suffer discrimination and violence; victims of environmental harm; individuals subjected to gross human rights violations during conflicts and crises; and others who face injustice and abuse on an ongoing basis.

We also support local partner organisations, including grassroots initiatives who are working to empower and improve the protection of vulnerable groups.

Publications

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Turkmenistan: Dual personality cult, arbitrary travel bans and zero tolerance to public criticism

Turkmenistan: Dual personality cult, arbitrary travel bans and zero tolerance to public criticism

Tajikistan: On the road to total control?

Tajikistan: On the road to total control?

Kazakhstan: Flood coverage restrictions, women’s rights rally ban, and legal cases against activists

Kazakhstan: Flood coverage restrictions, women’s rights rally ban, and legal cases against activists

Latest on Ukraine

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Together for human rights – IPHR annual report for 2023

Together for human rights – IPHR annual report for 2023

Civil society calls on new West Midlands mayor to reaffirm predecessor’s condemnation of Mondelēz links to Russia

Civil society calls on new West Midlands mayor to reaffirm predecessor’s condemnation of Mondelēz links to Russia

Civil society calls on West Midlands mayoral candidates to condemn Mondelēz business links to Russia

Civil society calls on West Midlands mayoral candidates to condemn Mondelēz business links to Russia

Together for human rights – IPHR annual report for 2023
Annual Reports

Together for human rights – IPHR annual report for 2023

In keeping with its mission, International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) worked closely together with civil society partners to promote human rights in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia in 2023. The past year posed substantial challenges for human rights in our region. Russia’s ongoing war against Ukraine inflicted widespread destruction, suffering, and human […]

Civil society calls on new West Midlands mayor to reaffirm predecessor’s condemnation of Mondelēz links to Russia
Open Letters and News Alerts

Civil society calls on new West Midlands mayor to reaffirm predecessor’s condemnation of Mondelēz links to Russia

Ahead of the mayoral election in the UK’s West Midlands region on 2 May, IPHR and other civil society partners wrote to all the candidates to call on them to condemn Mondelēz International’s refusal to withdraw from Russia in spite of the country’s ongoing full-scale aggressive and illegal war on Ukraine. As the owner of […]

Civil society calls on West Midlands mayoral candidates to condemn Mondelēz business links to Russia
Open Letters and News Alerts

Civil society calls on West Midlands mayoral candidates to condemn Mondelēz business links to Russia

Today, IPHR has joined a coalition of civil society organisations, led by Ukrainians in Birmingham, to call on the six candidates running to be the next mayor of the UK’s West Midlands region (Siobhan Harper-Nunes, Richard Parker, Andy Street, Sunny Virk, Elaine Williams, and Akhmed Yakoob) to condemn Mondelēz International’s refusal to withdraw from Russia […]

IPHR and Partners Convene Key Stakeholders in Kyiv for International Accountability Conference
Events

IPHR and Partners Convene Key Stakeholders in Kyiv for International Accountability Conference

On 22 -23 January 2024 International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR), Truth Hounds, and International Renaissance Foundation hosted an international conference, “Allied for Accountability: Collaborative Strategies to Address Russia’s Crimes in Ukraine,” in Kyiv, Ukraine. The event brought together key actors dedicated to promoting accountability for Russia’s crimes in Ukraine. The conference combined both panel […]

New report: When ‘russkiy mir’ comes. War crimes and IHL violations committed by Russian armed forces in Hrakove and Zaliznychne
Country & Thematic Reports

New report: When ‘russkiy mir’ comes. War crimes and IHL violations committed by Russian armed forces in Hrakove and Zaliznychne

International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) presents a new report, “When ‘russkiy mir’ comes: War crimes and IHL violations committed by Russian armed forces in Hrakove and Zaliznychne”. It sets out evidence of war crimes and international humanitarian law (IHL) violations committed by Russian armed forces in Hrakove and Zaliznychne – two neighboring villages in […]

For more information on IPHR’s war crimes investigations work, visit our social media sites:

IPHR in the media

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Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
13 June 2024

Rights Groups Demand Release Of Kyrgyz Protesters As Prosecutors Seek Lengthy Sentences

Several international rights groups on June 12 demanded the immediate release of over two dozen Kyrgyz activists who could be facing 20 years in prison for protesting a border deal with Uzbekistan.

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In their statement, the rights groups said the request for lengthy sentences for each activist “compounds an already shocking miscarriage of justice.”

The groups include the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, the International Partnership for Human Rights, Human Rights Watch, People in Need, Civil Rights Defenders, the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, Freedom Now, and the International Federation for Human Rights.

They said the activists were “peacefully campaigning” and called on the authorities to drop all charges against them.

24.kg
13 June 2024

Кемпир-абадское дело. Правозащитники призывают немедленно освободить задержанных

Ряд международных правозащитных организаций, включая Норвежский Хельсинкский комитет, Международное партнерство по правам человека, Human Rights Watch, People in Need, Civil Rights Defenders, Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, Freedom Now и Международную федерацию за права человека (FIDH), сделал совместное заявление, в котором призывает власти Кыргызстана снять политически мотивированные обвинения и немедленно освободить фигурантов так называемого кемпир-абадского дела.

Как отмечают правозащитники, требование прокуроров о 20-летнем тюремном заключении для группы критиков правительства по так называемому кемпир-абадскому делу усугубляет и без того вопиющее отступление от принципов правосудия.

«Власти КР должны снять политически мотивированные обвинения и немедленно освободить группу людей, которые были арестованы произвольно, а некоторые из них уже провели до 19 месяцев в предварительном заключении», — говорится в заявлении.

Kaktus media
13 June 2024

“Власти открыто мстят”. Обвиняемых по кемпир-абадскому делу потребовали освободить

Требование прокуратуры о 20-летнем тюремном заключении для обвиняемых по так называемому делу Кемпир-Абада усугубляет и без того шокирующую судебную ошибку. Об этом говорится в совместном заявлении, с которым выступили Норвежский Хельсинкский комитет, Международное партнерство по правам человека, Human Rights Watch, People in Need, “Защитники гражданских прав”, Хельсинкский фонд по правам человека, Freedom Now и Международная федерация прав человека.

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