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NGO Appeal to the EU: Defend Civil Society in Kyrgyzstan Against Repressive Draft Law

NGO Appeal to the EU: Defend Civil Society in Kyrgyzstan Against Repressive Draft Law

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

UN experts examine Tajikistan’s women’s rights record – NGO report documents pervasive problem of domestic violence
Briefings & Submissions

UN experts examine Tajikistan’s women’s rights record – NGO report documents pervasive problem of domestic violence

Kyrgyzstan: Parliament should reject bill that criminalises and obstructs civic activism
Statements & Appeals

Kyrgyzstan: Parliament should reject bill that criminalises and obstructs civic activism

Joint report for UN assessment of Turkmenistan’s women’s rights record
Briefings & Submissions

Joint report for UN assessment of Turkmenistan’s women’s rights record

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.

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NGO Appeal to the EU: Defend Civil Society in Kyrgyzstan Against Repressive Draft Law

NGO Appeal to the EU: Defend Civil Society in Kyrgyzstan Against Repressive Draft Law

Kyrgyzstan: Parliament should reject bill that criminalises and obstructs civic activism

Kyrgyzstan: Parliament should reject bill that criminalises and obstructs civic activism

Kyrgyzstan: Charges, raids against independent media

Kyrgyzstan: Charges, raids against independent media

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

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

Practical Guide to EU Sanctions for Civil Society

Practical Guide to EU Sanctions for Civil Society

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

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

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 […]

Probing the frontiers of criminality: investigating attacks on civilians and abuse of Armenian POWs
Country & Thematic Reports

Probing the frontiers of criminality: investigating attacks on civilians and abuse of Armenian POWs

In the new report “Probing the frontiers of criminality: investigating attacks on civilians and abuse of Armenian POWs” International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) sets out evidence of the serious violations of international humanitarian law as war crimes committed by the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan in the Armenian provinces of Gegharkunik, Syunik, and Vayots Dzor, between 12 […]

New Report Finds Western-Made Components in Iranian-Made UAV Used by Russia in Suspected War Crimes
Country & Thematic Reports

New Report Finds Western-Made Components in Iranian-Made UAV Used by Russia in Suspected War Crimes

A new report has found that Russian forces have used Iranian-made Shahed-136 UAVs that contain Western components to commit suspected war crimes in Ukraine. Co-authored by the International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR), the Independent Anti-Corruption Commission (NAKO), Truth Hounds, and Global Diligence LLP, and entitled, ‘Terror in the details: Western-made Components in Russia’s Shahed-136 […]

Kazakhstan: exhibition in support of “Bloody January” torture victims
Events

Kazakhstan: exhibition in support of “Bloody January” torture victims

On 26 June – the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture –  Kazakhstan International Bureau for Human Rights and Rule of Law (KIBHR), the Kazakhstani Coalition against Torture and International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) organised a photo exhibition in Almaty at the “Art Lane Café” to demonstrate solidarity with the victims […]

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Radio Azzatyk
14 February 2024

Ряд международных организаций призвал ЕС защитить гражданское общество КР от закона «об иностранных представителях»

Коалиция из восьми международных правозащитных организаций сделала открытое обращение к Евросоюзу в связи с рассмотрением в Жогорку Кенеше законопроекта «об иностранных представителях». Заявление организаций опубликовало Международное партнерство по правам человека.

Подписавшиеся под обращением организации призвали ЕС принять решительные меры для защиты гражданского общества в КР и «не дать Кыргызстану вступить на тот же опасный путь, что и Россия, где аналогичное законодательство систематически используется для дискредитации, запугивания и замалчивания НПО».

Обращение подписали Международное партнерство по правам человека (IPHR), Норвежский Хельсинкский комитет, Защитники гражданских прав, чешская правозащитная организация People in Need, Хельсинкский фонд по правам человека, ирландская правозащитная организация Front Line Defenders и Международная федерация по правам человека.

Kloop
14 February 2024

Международные правозащитники призвали ЕС прекратить сотрудничать с Кыргызстаном из-за «иноагентского» закона

Коалиция из восьми международных правозащитных организаций написала открытое письмо в Европейский союз (ЕС) с просьбой воспрепятствовать принятию закона об «иноагентах» Жогорку Кенешем.  

Совместное письмо подписали Международное партнерство за права человека (IPHR), Норвежский Хельсинкский комитет (NHC), организация «Защитники гражданских прав» (CRD), организация «Люди в беде» (PiN), Хельсинкский фонд по правам человека (HFHR), организация «Защитники на передовой» (FLD), Международная федерация по правам человека (FIDH) и Всемирная организация против пыток (OMCT) совместно с Обсерваторией по защите правозащитников (OPHRD).

В письме они подчеркивают, что сейчас будущее гражданского общества Кыргызстана «находится под угрозой» и правозащитники призывают не дать стране вступить на «тот же опасный путь, что и Россия».

24.kg
14 February 2024

Закон об иноагентах. ЕС попросили приостановить торговые преференции для КР

Коалиция из восьми международных правозащитных организаций написала открытое письмо ЕС, в котором подчеркивает беспрецедентные угрозы, с которыми сталкивается гражданское общество в Кыргызстане в связи с приближающимся принятием законопроекта об «иностранных представителях».

Законопроект планируется рассмотреть в парламенте Кыргызстана сегодня, 14 февраля. Правозащитники призывают официальных лиц, институты и государства — члены ЕС предпринять решительные действия для защиты гражданского общества Кыргызстана и не дать республике вступить на тот же опасный путь, что и Россия, где аналогичное законодательство систематически используется, чтобы дискредитировать, запугать и заставить замолчать НКО.

Совместное письмо подписали Международное партнерство по правам человека (IPHR), Норвежский Хельсинкский комитет, Civil Rights Defenders, People in Need, Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, Front Line Defenders, а также Международная федерация за права человека (FIDH) и Всемирная организация против пыток (OMCT) в рамках Обсерватории по защите правозащитников.

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