Simon Papuashvili joined IPHR’s Brussels team in 2012. He initially worked as a project coordinator, managing projects implemented in cooperation with partner groups. In 2017, he became Programme Director and is now in charge of programme development, management, and oversight, together with IPHR’s Director.
Simon has been active in promoting human rights in his native South Caucasus for over a decade, practicing law since 2001. In 2004 -2006, he worked for the Georgian government, coordinating prison reform and representing the government before the European Court of Human Rights. In 2008, he was actively engaged in documenting human rights violations committed during the armed conflict between the Russian Federation and Georgia and in advocating alongside the Norwegian Helsinki Committee to end impunity in the region.
In 2014, Simon co-established Truth Hounds – a Ukrainian initiative that has since being engaged in thorough documentation of grave human rights abuses and international crimes committed in Ukraine’s Donbas region and Crimea. This work is being carried out in close collaboration with IPHR.
Simon also sits in the board of Tbilisi Shelter City, an initiative working on rehabilitation, professional development, and support to human rights defenders from the former Soviet Union region.