International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) presents its annual report Working Together for Human Rights – IPHR Annual Report for the Year 2022, which describes the work we carried out together with our partners on promoting human rights in Eastern Europe, South Caucasus and Central Asia in 2022.
The year 2022 was one of crises in the part of the world where we work. In particular, the launch of Russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine in February 2022 led us to reprioritise our activities. We quickly mobilised resources to provide relocation and other emergency assistance to Ukrainian partners directly affected by Russia’s military aggression.
We significantly increased efforts to document and promote accountability for war crimes perpetrated in the context of Russia’s war against Ukraine, with this issue becoming the key focus of our organisation’s work in 2022 due to the unparalleled nature and scale of Russia’s warfare and the violations it featured.
During the year, we also engaged with local partners to document and draw attention to human rights violations committed in connection with other crises in our target region. For example, we worked with Central Asian partners on targeted research, publications and advocacy concerning arbitrary detentions, torture and other serious violations taking place when local authorities harshly put down mass protests and evolving unrest in Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. We also monitored and investigated the devastating impact that ceasefire violations had on civilians in connection with the protracted the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the contested Nagorno-Karabakh enclave.
Throughout 2022, we supported and cooperated with several dozen civil society partners, including both more well-established NGOs and emerging, grassroots organisations, across Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus and Central Asia. We also provided tailored capacity building to local civil society partners and worked closely with them on bringing to light shared concerns on human rights issues and cases through publications and strategic advocacy and outreach. In this way, we empowered local civil society actors in their tireless on-the-ground struggle for human rights, justice and the rule of law.
As IPHR carried out an increasing number of joint projects with local partners, our team continued to grow, with additional finance, administrative and other team members being recruited during the year. IPHR’s team is based in our offices in Brussels and Tbilisi, as well as in several other cities, and our presence in Ukraine was reinforced during the year.
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