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Tajikistan: Forcibly Disappeared Opponent Allegedly Tortured

Tajikistan: Forcibly Disappeared Opponent Allegedly Tortured

IPHR and partners filed Rule 9.2 communication concerning Namazov v Azerbaijan group of cases 
Briefings & Submissions

IPHR and partners filed Rule 9.2 communication concerning Namazov v Azerbaijan group of cases 

IPHR and partners filed Rule 9.2 communication concerning Vlasov v. Russia group of cases
Briefings & Submissions

IPHR and partners filed Rule 9.2 communication concerning Vlasov v. Russia group of cases

Kyrgyzstan: Civic space deteriorates further as “foreign agent”-style NGO law is adopted and media crackdown widens
Country & Thematic Reports

Kyrgyzstan: Civic space deteriorates further as “foreign agent”-style NGO law is adopted and media crackdown widens

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

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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Kyrgyzstan: Civic space deteriorates further as “foreign agent”-style NGO law is adopted and media crackdown widens

Kyrgyzstan: Civic space deteriorates further as “foreign agent”-style NGO law is adopted and media crackdown widens

Disappearing en Route: a Legal Black Hole in Russia’s Prisoner Transfer System

Disappearing en Route: a Legal Black Hole in Russia’s Prisoner Transfer System

“When I got married I lost my life”: report on domestic violence in Tajikistan

“When I got married I lost my life”: report on domestic violence in Tajikistan

Latest on Ukraine

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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

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

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
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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 […]

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IPHR in the media

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Asia-Plus
06 May 2024

Human rights watchdogs concerned over missing Tajik opposition leader

Three international human rights organizations have expressed concern over the fate of Suhrob Zafar, the leader of the outlawed opposition Group 24 movement whose whereabouts have been unknown since early March.

Human Rights Watch, the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, and the International Partnership for Human Rights on May 3 called on Tajik authorities in a joint statement to “immediately confirm the detention and whereabouts of and release” Suhrob Zafar, who was “forcibly disappeared” while in Turkiye despite holding official UNHCR asylum seeker status there.

Radio Azattyk
21 March 2024

Более 30 международных организаций призвали Садыра Жапарова наложить вето на закон «об иностранных представителях»

Более 30 международных правозащитных организаций призвали президента Кыргызстана Садыра Жапарова не подписывать закон «об иностранных представителях» и наложить на него вето. Заявление организаций опубликовало Международное партнерство по правам человека (IPHR).

Под заявлением подписались Норвежский Хельсинкский комитет, Шведская сеть ОБСЕ, Международная федерация за права человека и еще более 20 международных организаций по защите прав и свобод человека.

В своем заявлении организации в очередной раз напомнили, что предлагаемые законом поправки серьезно противоречат международным обязательствам Кыргызстана в области прав человека и могут нанести «сокрушительный удар по сильному и активному гражданскому обществу страны». Они отмечают, что поправки ограничат возможности гражданского общества осуществлять важную и законную деятельность в интересах населения Кыргызстана, а также негативно отразятся на международном имидже государства.

24.kg
21 March 2024

Закон об иноагентах. Президента призывают не становиться на путь авторитаризма

Более 30 организаций гражданского общества из разных стран обратились к президенту Кыргызстана по поводу поправок к Закону «О некоммерческих организациях», или так называемого закона «об иностранных представителях», который Жогорку Кенеш принял в третьем чтении 14 марта.

В письме выражается поддержка гражданскому обществу Кыргызстана. Активисты призывают Садыра Жапарова наложить вето на законопроект во благо Кыргызстана и его народа.

«Предлагаемые поправки серьезно противоречат международным обязательствам Кыргызстана в области прав человека и могут нанести сокрушительный удар по сильному и активному гражданскому обществу страны. Данные поправки ограничат возможности гражданского общества осуществлять важную и законную деятельность в интересах населения Кыргызстана, а также содействовать участию общественности, прозрачности, подотчетности и эффективному управлению, что подорвет прогресс, достигнутый Кыргызстаном в области демократии и защиты прав человека, и негативно отразится на его международном имидже. Предложенные поправки создадут угрозу для реализации в стране программ международной помощи в области развития и экономической помощи, что также подорвет перспективы достижения целей устойчивого развития вопреки стремлениям вашего правительства в этой области. Соответственно, мы призываем вас наложить вето на предлагаемые поправки во благо Кыргызстана и его народа», — говорится в обращении.

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