EHRAC event: Human rights defenders under pressure

27 July 2015

Challenges in litigating human rights violations in the former Soviet Union

27 October 2015 at the Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL

EHRAC is at the frontline of safeguarding human rights and protecting those who defend them. This panel discussion brings together prominent human rights defenders to discuss recent legislative changes, and the challenges they present to litigating cases of abuse in Russia and Azerbaijan, and the former Soviet Union more broadly, at domestic and international levels, including the European Court of Human Rights.

The environment faced by human rights defenders in Russia and Azerbaijan has become increasingly hostile in recent years. Our panelist from Azerbaijan, Khalid Bagirov, is one of few human rights defenders who has not been imprisoned since the most recent State crackdown on civil society, which began in summer 2014. Both of the organisations represented by our Russian panelists – Memorial Anti-Discrimination Centre and the Committee Against Torture – have had to restructure or relocate as a result of the law on ‘foreign agents’. This event is a unique opportunity for a first-hand insight into how human rights lawyers and organisations must adapt to continue their work in difficult circumstances, if European and international human rights standards are to be upheld in the former Soviet Union.

This is a joint event with the Law Society of England and Wales.

17:30 – 18:00 Registration
18:00 – 18:10 Introduction by Tony Fisher, Human Rights Committee, Law Society
18:10 – 19:00 Presentations by the panel
19:00 – 19:45 Questions and discussion
19:45 – 20:30 Drinks

Chair: Tony Fisher, Human Rights Committee, Law Society
Khalid Bagirov, Human rights lawyer, Baku
Stephania Kulayeva, Head of Memorial Anti-Discrimination Centre, Brussels
Olga Sadovskaya, Deputy Chair, Committee Against Torture (NGO), Nizhny Novgorod
Joanna Evans, Legal Director, EHRAC, London

This event is free to attend, but a reservation is necessary.

Please email Sabrina Vashisht if you would like to reserve a place at this event.