Our partner organisations

Almost all our activities are carried out in partnership, including our ground-breaking litigation. We closely collaborate with litigating NGOs in Russia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Ukraine, some of which have specific thematic expertise such as women’s rights, LGBTI rights or media freedom. Through case-by-case mentoring and training, we help to build their litigation capacity. We respond to requests from individual lawyers if cases fall within our areas of legal expertise and align with our strategic priorities.

Our partners are all committed, passionate and talented human rights defenders, but many of them are forced to operate in very challenging circumstances. They are experts in their fields, providing in-depth knowledge of domestic laws and the context of each case. None of our achievements would be possible without the unwavering dedication and expertise of our regional partners.

Russia

Memorial Human Rights Centre (Memorial HRC)

Memorial was EHRAC’s first partner organisation, and is one of the leading human rights NGOs in the Russian Federation. It was established in 1991 and has 58 branches across the Russian Federation. EHRAC has worked with lawyers in their strategic litigation department since 2003, bringing cases to the European Court on a wide range of human rights abuse, from disappearances in the North Caucasus, to violence against women, to protests, to civil society repression. The Centre also focuses on politically motivated persecution in the former Soviet Union, discrimination on ethnic grounds and analysing the situation of refugees and forced migrants.

Georgia

Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association (GYLA)

EHRAC has worked with GYLA since 2006 on various cases, including multiple cases arising from the 2008 South Ossetian conflict. GYLA is the original and largest professional union of lawyers in Georgia. It is committed to establishing standards of professional ethics, providing legal and civic education, and raising awareness among and providing legal aid to vulnerable members of the Georgian population. Currently, GYLA brings together more than 800 lawyers and law students from all over the country, working through its head office in Tbilisi and eight regional branches.

Human Rights Education and Monitoring Centre (EMC, Tbilisi)

EMC is a human rights NGO, which aims to promote the protection of the rights of marginalised groups facing discrimination, including workers, homeless individuals, people with disabilities, religious minorities and LGBTQI persons, through research, advocacy and strategic litigation. EMC also monitors the ongoing institutional reforms in Georgia and supports the improvement of legal protective mechanisms and the strengthening of the legislative framework.

Women’s Initiative Support Group (WISG, Tbilisi)

WISG is a feminist organisation founded by eight women in 2000 in Georgia. They aim to achieve a harmonious society by empowering women and ensuring their full involvement and equal participation in social, political, cultural and economic life. WISG carries out advocacy and lobbying work relating, in particular, to lesbian and bisexual women, transgender persons, women representing ethnic and religious minorities, people living in rural areas, people with disabilities and people representing other vulnerable and marginalised groups.

Union Sapari (Tbilisi)

Union Sapari was established in 2011, as a rehabilitation centre for victims of domestic violence. The following year they opened their first shelter for victims of violence. In 2013, their work expanded to legislative, advocacy and lobbying activities in relation to domestic violence, violence and discrimination against women, and women’s political participation. They aim to protect the rights of vulnerable groups, including women, children, ethnic minorities and the LGBT community by lobbying for their interests and through cooperation with state institutions.

Armenia

Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly – Vanadzor (HCAV)

HCAV is EHRAC’s primary partner organisation in Armenia. The organisation works mainly in support of those in the Lori Region of Armenia but it also operates across the whole country. HCAV is a non-political, non-religious NGO which supports the principles of democracy, tolerance, pluralism, and human rights. Its focus areas are human rights, civil initiatives and advocacy, and peace-building through seminars, public hearings and actions, trainings, legal actions, studies/research, monitoring and lobbying.

PINK Armenia (Public Information and Need of Knowledge, Yerevan)

PINK was founded in Armenia in 2007 and has been organising activities to increase public awareness about sexual and reproductive health and rights, sexually transmitted infections and HIV/AIDS. PINK promotes the ideas of equality and acceptance of vulnerable groups towards HIV and LGBT people and its aim is to eliminate any kind of discrimination. PINK is active in Yerevan and other regions of Armenia. Their work includes providing counselling and legal advice, as well as capacity building, advocacy and training.

Foundation against the Violation of the Law (FAVL, Yerevan)

FAVL was founded in 1991 in response to the notorious “Operation Ring” campaign carried out by Soviet and Azerbaijani forces in the border villages of Karabakh in Armenia. FAVL worked with state authorities and other organizations to help free about 2,100 hostages of various ethnic origins. Over the years, FAVL has also cooperated with various organisations in regional peace building and conflict resolution efforts, mainly focused around Karabakh. FAVL has spoken out against capital punishment and played an important role in securing the abolition of the death penalty in Armenia in 2003. Throughout its second decade of activity, it focused its efforts on rural development projects and civic advocacy initiatives in the border regions of Armenia. FAVL provides free legal assistance and promotes involvement in local decision-making.

Europe in Law Association (ELA, Yerevan)

ELA is a human rights NGO founded by a group of Armenian lawyers in 2011. They aim to promote the universal values of democracy, rule of law and human rights among public administration and local government bodies, the judiciary, the wider legal community, civil society, and the larger public. ELA views Armenia as an important part of Europe and endeavours to achieve better integration by promoting greater respect for the protection and implementation of human rights. Their work has focused on issues of freedom of expression, transparency and anti-corruption.

Ukraine

Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union (UHHRU)

UHHRU is the largest association of human rights organisations in Ukraine. The Union brings together 29 non-government human rights organisations. The goal of UHHRU is to protect human rights.  UHHRU considers itself as part of the Helsinki movement and continues to promote the traditions and activities of the Ukrainian Public Group to Promote the Implementation of the Helsinki Accords on Human Rights – the UHG.

Regional Centre for Human Rights (RCHR, Kyiv)

Founded in July 2013, RCHR is focused on human rights protection on both the international and domestic levels. Based in Sevastopol until 2014, members of the organisation were forced to leave the territory of Crimea after the annexation of Crimea by Russia. In July 2014, RCHR re-registered in Kyiv. RCHR is a member of “The Initiative Group on Human Rights in Crimea”, which consists of more than 30 human rights organisations in Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Germany, as well as other international organisations. RCHR is also a member of the “Coalition for the International Criminal Court” which includes about 2,500 NGOs from more than 150 countries.

Azerbaijan

As a result of civil society repression in Azerbaijan, which has resulted in the closure of many NGOs, we work closely with a number of individual lawyers.

In the past, we have collaborated with:

Planet of Hopes (Russia)
Jurix (Russia)
Nizam (Russia)
South Siberian Human Rights Centre (Russia)
The Slavic Centre for Law and Justice (Russia)
Russian Justice Initiative (Russia)

Article 42 of the Constitution (Georgia)
Democracy and Human Rights Public Union (Azerbaijan)
Legal Education Society (Azerbaijan)
Legal Guide (Armenia)
Women’s Resource Centre (Armenia)
Women’s Rights Centre (Armenia)

Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (Ukraine)

We also respond to requests from individual lawyers if cases fall within our legal and geographical priorities. Contact us if you would like to enquire about partnering with us.