Ongoing Projects

Supporting Activists in Exile

Project name: Supporting Activists in Exile
Donor: National Endowment for Democracy
Implementation period: 01.05.2017 – 30.04.2018
Project partner HRHT member-organizations: Article 42 of Constitution, GCRT

The project “Supporting Activists in Exile”, implemented by Human Rights House Tbilisi (HRHT), aims to support human rights defenders, journalists, activists, as well as opposition political party activists from Azerbaijan who were forced into exile.

Acknowledging special need of assistance faced by exiled persons, HRHT offers full service, humanitarian and legal assistance to beneficiaries of the project.

Supporting activities include offering shelter, medical and psychological aid and legal assistance. Furthermore, in order to improve their effective integration into Georgian society, HRHT offers language courses (English and Georgian), paid internships, as well as orientation training. This is a proven effective tool of supporting persecuted HRDs to be self-motivated, to find jobs and finally, to be well integrated in Georgia.

Moreover, HRHT will further support missions to observe trials against prominent rights activists and
lawyers in Azerbaijan.

Promoting new women leaders and "invisible women" human rights activists

Project Name: Promoting new women leaders and ‘invisible women’ human rights activists
Donor: European Commission
Implementation period: 01.01.2018 – 29.02.2020

“Human Rights House Tbilisi” has been implementing a project since January 2018 with the French- based NGO “IREX Europe , aimed at promoting, discovering and strengthening new women’s rights leaders and “invisible women” (women who are actively protecting rights in their society, but are not involved in general human rights activities), in five countries of Europe and Asia, including in Georgia.

The main task of the project is to promote the role of female human rights defenders or human rights defenders who protect the rights of women and girls. This support will be implemented for women, women’s rights NGOs, attorneys and “invisible women”.

This groups will deepen their knowledge in advocacy, lobbying, and litigating cases about women’s rights. Various educational activities will be implemented within the project: “Leadership Academies” (national and regional), trainings for skills development, trainings on litigating cases in the European Court of Human Rights (selected participants will attend trainings in Strasbourg as well) and etc.

The project also includes the travel grants and small grants for human rights defenders.

Supporting Human Rights Defenders from Azerbaijan

Project name: Supporting Human Rights Defenders from Azerbaijan
Donor: Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Implementation period: 01.07.2017 – 31.07.2018
Project partner HRHT member-organizations: Article 42 of Constitution, GCRT, Human Rights Center

The program “Supporting Human Rights Defenders from Azerbaijan” includes providing emergency humanitarian and legal support for HRDs, journalists and bloggers from Azerbaijan.

The current project provides support for up HRDs, each of which may include the individual under pressure as well as immediate family members.

Within the current project, each HRD individual or HRD’s family is provided with shelter, financial aid (per-diem) to cover living expenses for up to three to three months and medical assistance for up to one year. They are provided with legal assistance within the framework of
this project. Azerbaijani HRDs fleeing the country also receive medical and/or psychological aid over a period to recover.

To help Azebaijani journalists survive as professionals the current project will assist HRD journalists for their professional development and employee them to cover Azerbaijani minority issues and publish articles in Georgian media.

To help beneficiaries integrate in Georgian society, HRHT provides capacity building training for them.

Within the framework of this project HRHT also continues to monitor minority rights in Azerbaijani populated regions in Georgia and provide them with legal consultations if needed.