Published: 1 Dec 2013

EHRAC Annual report 2013

EHRAC Annual Report

EHRAC’s 2013 Annual Report is now available online. Click the link below to read the report in full.

2013 was a significant year for EHRAC. It saw our move to Middlesex University (in north London), where we are now part of the School of Law. We would like to thank the University, and especially our colleagues within the School of Law, for the very warm welcome we received, and for their real interest in, and support for, EHRAC’s work. In 2013 we celebrated EHRAC’s 10th anniversary with a photo exhibition and held a public panel discussion on the repression of civil society in Russia.

This year we also established a new Advisory Board for EHRAC, chaired by Samantha Knights (Matrix Chambers). We are very grateful to Samantha and to all the other members of the Board: Dr. Chaloka Beyani (London School of Economics), Professor Joshua Castellino, (Middlesex University), Simon Erskine (MHA MacIntyre Hudson), Luke Harding (The Guardian), Natalia Prilutskaya (Amnesty International), Sir Keir Starmer QC (Doughty Street Chambers) and Dr Elizabeth Teague (formerly FCO). The Board provides advice and support on operational matters, and its role is complementary to that of the International Steering Committee, which brings together expertise on, and from, our target region.

This Annual Report seeks to give readers a sense of our priorities and activities over the past year. Among the most worrying recent developments in the region have been repressive legislative changes in Russia, aimed at human rights NGOs which are supposedly acting as ‘foreign agents’. We are working with a group of Russian NGOs to challenge both the law itself, and its implementation, at the European Court of Human Rights. EHRAC’s work arising from conflict in the North Caucasus and South Ossetian regions continues to throw up new challenges, and the Report highlights in particular new partnerships and casework in Azerbaijan and Armenia. The European Court handed down its judgment in our first case from Ukraine this year, in which it ordered Oleksandr Volkov’s reinstatement as a Supreme Court judge – the first time such an order had ever been made.