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International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) works to empower local civil society actors who are based in repressive environments and cooperates with them on human rights promotion and protection using several different strategies, as described below. Our work currently focuses on Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan), Eastern Europe (Belarus, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine) and the South Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia).

Our work starts with the recognition that safeguarding human rights is inherently a global concern. The international community plays a pivotal role in bolstering the endeavours of local civil society actors as they strive to hold those in positions of power accountable to international human rights standards.

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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