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Kazakhstan: Joint NGO report for Universal Periodic Review highlights civic space concerns

Kazakhstan: Joint NGO report for Universal Periodic Review highlights civic space concerns

Statement by NAKO and IPHR on Russia’s attack on Okhmatdyt Children’s Hospital in Kyiv
Statements & Appeals

Statement by NAKO and IPHR on Russia’s attack on Okhmatdyt Children’s Hospital in Kyiv

Kyrgyzstan remains on Human Rights Watchlist as “foreign agent” law comes into force and media crackdown widens
Statements & Appeals

Kyrgyzstan remains on Human Rights Watchlist as “foreign agent” law comes into force and media crackdown widens

Uzbekistan: Punished for their opinions – new report highlights persecution of bloggers in Uzbekistan
Country & Thematic Reports

Uzbekistan: Punished for their opinions – new report highlights persecution of bloggers in Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan: International human rights organisations call on President Mirziyoyev to veto “undesirable” foreigners law
Statements & Appeals

Uzbekistan: International human rights organisations call on President Mirziyoyev to veto “undesirable” foreigners law

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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Uzbekistan: Punished for their opinions – new report highlights persecution of bloggers in Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan: Punished for their opinions – new report highlights persecution of bloggers in Uzbekistan

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?

Latest on Ukraine

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Statement by NAKO and IPHR on Russia’s attack on Okhmatdyt Children’s Hospital in Kyiv

Statement by NAKO and IPHR on Russia’s attack on Okhmatdyt Children’s Hospital in Kyiv

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

Statement by NAKO and IPHR on Russia’s attack on Okhmatdyt Children’s Hospital in Kyiv
Statements & Appeals

Statement by NAKO and IPHR on Russia’s attack on Okhmatdyt Children’s Hospital in Kyiv

On 8 July 2024, in one of the largest air attacks since the launch of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the Russian Armed Forces launched dozens of air strikes on multiple Ukrainian cities, resulting in significant civilian casualties and widespread destruction.[1] Between 10:00 and 11:00 EEST (UTC+3), Russian forces fired 38 missiles at Ukraine,[2] of […]

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 […]

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IPHR in the media

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Radio Azattyk
14 July 2024

«Резкое снижение гражданских свобод». Влияющие на рейтинг КР законы и уголовные дела

Международная организация CIVICUS оставила Кыргызстан в списке государств, где наблюдается снижение гражданских свобод.

После того, как этот «Всемирный альянс за гражданское участие» впервые включил КР в перечень стран, которые следует отслеживать (watchlist), в республике был принят закон «об иностранных представителях». (…)

Впервые Кыргызстан попал в список мониторинга CIVICUS в марте. А в опубликованном 10 июля докладе директор Международного партнерства по правам человека Бриджит Дюфур отметила, что принятие закона «об иностранных представителях» стало «серьезным нападением на гражданское общество в «:

«НПО, принимающие участие в важнейших усилиях по поощрению прав человека, прозрачности и подотчетности, подвергаются особому риску стать объектом преследования в соответствии с этим репрессивным законом и могут быть вынуждены прекратить свою деятельность вследствие отказа принять предписанный им стигматизирующий ярлык».

Kloop
12 July 2024

CIVICUS: Преследование журналистов и критиков в Кыргызстане — систематическая попытка подавить инакомыслие

Кыргызстан остается в списке стран, в которых наблюдается резкое снижение гражданских свобод после принятия репрессивного закона об «иностранных агентах». Об этом сообщили в Международном партнерстве по правам человека (IPHR) со ссылкой на рейтинг гражданских свобод альянса, составленный онлайн-платформой CIVICUS Monitor, которая отслеживает события в сфере гражданских свобод.

«Принятие закона об “иноагентах” стало серьезным нападением на гражданское общество в Кыргызстане. НПО, принимающие участие в важнейших усилиях по поощрению прав человека, прозрачности и подотчетности, подвергаются особому риску стать объектом преследования в соответствии с этим репрессивным законом и могут быть вынуждены прекратить свою деятельность вследствие отказа принять предписанный им стигматизирующий ярлык», — считает директорка международного партнерства по правам человека Брижит Дюфур.

В свою очередь исследовательница по Европе и Центральной Азии в CIVICUS Тара Петрович заявила, что обращение с журналистами и активистами в Кыргызстане «вызывает глубокую тревогу и является неприемлемым». По ее словам, «свобода слова в Кыргызстане находится под серьезной угрозой».  

Kaktus media
10 July 2024

Кыргызстан остается в списке наблюдения в связи со снижением гражданских свобод

Кыргызстан остается в списке стран, в которых наблюдается резкое снижение гражданских свобод после принятия репрессивного закона об “иностранных агентах”. Об этом говорится в публикации International Partnership for Human Rights.

(…) “Принятие закона об “иностранных агентах” стало серьезным нападением на гражданское общество в Кыргызстане”, – заявила Брижит Дюфур, директор Международного партнерства по правам человека, которое сотрудничает с CIVICUS Monitor в отслеживании гражданского пространства в стране.

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