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12 November 2021
Joint statement by Russian and international human rights groups in support of Memorial Russian authorities’ move to shut down Memorial, one of Russia’s oldest and…
12 November 2021
We deplore the action being taken by the Prosecutor’s Office in Moscow seeking the liquidation of International Memorial and Memorial Human Rights Center for allegedly…
Ukraine violated the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) by not allowing internally displaced people (IDPs) to vote in local elections in the capital city…
22 October 2021
In a judgment last week, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) found that human rights lawyer Asabali Mustafayev and his NGO’s rights were violated…
20 October 2021
Download press release (English/Russian) After years of waiting, this week, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) found that Russian authorities failed to conduct an…
Philip Leach, Director of the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC), is set to stand down from the role in February next year. Having led…
Like much of the human rights community, the team at EHRAC were shocked by news of the unexpected passing of Jonathan Cooper OBE, who died…
31 August 2021
EHRAC PRESS RELEASE on 31 August 2021 In a long-awaited judgment today, the European Court of Human Rights found Russia in breach of the European…
By Toby Collis, Lawyer, EHRAC It is with great pleasure that we have the opportunity to receive and comment on Judge Pinto de Alberquerque’s most…
Lord Frank Judd EHRAC is very saddened to hear about the death of Lord Frank Judd. Lord Judd spoke at the public event held to…
11 March 2021
Natalia Estemirova was one of the most outstanding human rights defenders to have worked in Chechnya. She was kidnapped and murdered in 2009. Natalia would…
The European Court of Human Rights today ruled that the Russian authorities were responsible for the torture of a man at a police facility in…
11 February 2021
On 9 February 2021 the European Court of Human Rights ruled against Russia in a group of cases concerning ill-treatment, forced confessions, and the unfair convictions of…
29 January 2021
EHRAC has successfully applied to the European Court of Human Rights against Russia on behalf of a Dagestani woman who alleges that the authorities’ failure…
29 January 2021
EHRAC has successfully applied to the European Court of Human Rights against Russia on behalf of a Dagestani woman who alleges that the authorities’ failure…
Five Azerbaijani human rights lawyers are taking a case to the European Court of Human Rights in which they allege that their Convention rights were…
14 December 2020
Close to twenty years have elapsed since the Russian security services began forcibly disappearing people as a tool of war and repression in Russia’s North…
3 December 2020
Yerevan’s D.I.Y. Club was once a popular spot for Armenia’s LGBT+ community, and one of the few public venues available for sexual minorities in a…
30 November 2020
EHRAC hosted its first virtual expert roundtable on 29 September 2020, bringing together eight female litigators from Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan, to share experiences…
The European Court of Human Rights has found, in three separate judgments in October, that Russia violated protestors’ freedom of assembly when police made arrests at…
On 6 October 2020 the European Court of Human Rights found that Russia’s anti-extremist legislation failed to safeguard the free expression of two Novorossiysk human rights…
15 October 2020
On 6 October 2020 the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Russia was responsible for the disappearance and presumed death of an Ingush woman who was…
13 October 2020
dThe European Court of Human Rights today ruled that Russia unlawfully interfered with LGBT+ activists’ right to freedom of assembly after they were arrested and…
The European Court of Human Rights today found that police ill-treated NGO staff and members of the LGBT community during a homophobic raid carried out on Georgia’s…
6 October 2020
On 1 October 2020 the European Court of Human Rights (“ECtHR”) found Azerbaijan responsible for the ill-treatment of investigative journalist Idrak Abbasov, who was brutally beaten…
25 August 2020
EHRAC has received news that Belgium has granted refugee status to an applicant, a transgender man, on the basis of discrimination and mistreatment that he…
20 August 2020
On Tuesday 18 August, EHRAC participated in a European Implementation Network (EIN) briefing given to the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers (“CM”) about the Ilgar Mammadov group of…
Four critical news websites blocked by the authorities in Azerbaijan have responded to the Government’s submissions to the European Court of Human Rights (“ECtHR”) and…
3 July 2020
EHRAC and Amnesty International have urged the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers to call upon the Government of Azerbaijan to end the restrictive situation for human rights defenders…
2 July 2020
EHRAC and Human Rights Watch (HRW) have filed a third-party intervention to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) arguing that a case concerning the alleged abduction and…
26 June 2020
On Tuesday 23 June 2020, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Russian police were responsible for the death of a detainee who they claimed had…
25 June 2020
The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) today ruled that Azerbaijan’s suspension and disbarment of a prominent human rights lawyer was in breach of his freedom of…
23 June 2020
The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) today ruled that the Russian authorities unlawfully dispersed a public demonstration intended to commemorate the murdered journalist Anna Politkovskaya in…
26 May 2020
The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) today ruled that Azerbaijan granted “virtual impunity” to a convicted murderer because of the ethnic Armenian origin of…
7 May 2020
The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) today found that the trial of a man for drugs offences was unfair because of the inherent unreliability of the…
28 April 2020
EHRAC, together with an Azerbaijani partner lawyer, has lodged an application at the European Court of Human Rights (“ECtHR”) on behalf of five young men…
27 April 2020
On 23 April 2020, Azerbaijan’s Supreme Court granted full acquittal to the prominent human rights defender Rasul Jafarov, who EHRAC represents, ordering him to be…
The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (“CEDAW”) has officially confirmed the “satisfactory implementation” of its recommendations to the Georgian Government in…
24 March 2020
The European Court of Human Rights (“ECtHR”) today ruled that Russian state agents were responsible for the arbitrary execution of a young man in Ingushetia in December…
On 20 January 2020, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) required Ukraine to respond to a case concerning the death of a 10-year-old boy on a…
12 March 2020
On 25 February 2020, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruled that the Russian authorities illegally disrupted a private meeting convened by a charity organisation in…
On Friday 6 March 2020, the prominent Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny, his Anti-Corruption Foundation (“FBK”) and nine of his associates and associated entities submitted…
11 February 2020
Reacting to the news of the recent, thuggish attack on human rights lawyer Marina Dubrovina and journalist Elena Milashina in a hotel lobby in the Chechen capital…
10 February 2020
On 4 February 2020, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) found Russia responsible for the abductions and presumed deaths of five men from Ingushetia, Dagestan and other…
On 23 January 2020, EHRAC petitioned the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers to call for the lifting of a fresh travel ban imposed on…
On 29 January 2020, EHRAC, together with the Equal Rights Trust and Equality Now, submitted a third-party intervention to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in a…
4 February 2020
On 4 February 2020, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) found Russia responsible for the torture of seven men in police custody, and the inhuman…
30 January 2020
On 10 October 2019, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruled that a Georgian politician was denied a fair trial when in 2006 the Government leaked…
On 7 January 2020, EHRAC filed a submission to the Committee of Ministers (CoM) of the Council of Europe in a case concerning the prominent…
23 January 2020
On 21 January 2020, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) found Russia responsible for the disappearances and deaths of nineteen men and one woman…
EHRAC has intervened in a high-profile case at the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), brought by the prominent Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalnyy, arguing that political…
The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruled on 14 January 2020 that a Russian soldier who allegedly committed suicide just hours after being subjected to a…
14 January 2020
On 20 December 2019, EHRAC, together with the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic at Yale Law School, submitted a third-party intervention at the European Court…
9 January 2020
On 19-20 November 2019, EHRAC convened an expert roundtable on litigating sexual violence against women, bringing together ten lawyers and activists experienced in tackling the…
EHRAC, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI), the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) and the International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) filed a joint-submission on 23 October 2019 informing…
29 October 2019
Nikolo Ghviniashvili understood that he was male from a very young age. Since his twenties, Nikolo – who was registered as female at birth –…
10 October 2019
On 20 September 2019, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) communicated the case of four independent news websites blocked by the authorities in Azerbaijan. The four…
10 October 2019
The family of a Georgian man who was murdered at a checkpoint by an Abkhaz ‘border guard’ have maintained Russia’s responsibility for his killing in…
8 October 2019
The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) on 8 October 2019 found Russia responsible for the disappearances and deaths of five men from Chechnya, Ingushetia and…
1 October 2019
The European Court of Human Rights (ECthR) has rapidly communicated the case of a 19-year-old Kist man who was fatally shot in his bedroom by…
26 September 2019
The Committee of Ministers at the Council of Europe today urged Azerbaijan to quash the conviction decisions and delete the criminal records of eight applicants known collectively…
Four Russian LGBT activists arrested and detained during peaceful protests against the State Duma’s adoption of a “homosexual propaganda law” have responded to the Government’s arguments…
27 August 2019
On 27 August 2019, the European Court of Human Rights held the Russian authorities responsible for the abduction, disappearance and presumed deaths of thirteen men from…
Five years since the Battle of Ilovaisk in eastern Ukraine, there is little sign of resolution of the armed conflict between Ukrainian Armed Forces and…
25 July 2019
The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Azerbaijan’s refusal to register the Human Rights Club (HRC), an NGO led by prominent human rights defender Rasul…
Yalchin Imanov is the latest of at least two dozen human rights lawyers to have been disbarred, had their licences suspended, been criminally prosecuted or otherwise…
The applicants in the case are Mr Yuri Vazagashvili and Ms Tsiala Shanava, parents of Z.V., a 22-year-old man, shot in his car during a police operation…
17 July 2019
On 16 July 2019, the European Court of Human Rights found Russia’s refusal to register associations set up to promote and protect the rights of lesbian, gay,…
4 July 2019
On 2 July 2019, the European Court gave judgment in a group of cases (Ryabinina and others v. Russia), submitted by nine applicants, who were…
4 July 2019
Over the last year, EHRAC and our partners at the Georgian Young Lawyers Association (GYLA), Human Rights Centre,  Union Sapari, and Georgian Democracy Initiative have litigated five cases of…
13 June 2019
How does a Facebook press conference about the 2014 Eurovision song contest escalate into a vitriolic attack on the LGBTI community and their allies in…
A memorial to Temirlan Machalikashvili (EMC) In the early hours of 26 December 2017, masked and armed State Security Service officers raided Temirlan Machalikashvili’s home…
Ordinarily, the opening of a new school would be a cause for celebration for the local community. But in 2014, in the village of Kobuleti…
17 April 2019
In September 2017, over 80 LGBT+ people were arrested by police in a series of raids in Baku, sentenced to administrative detentions, and held in…
26 March 2019
იხილეთ სტატიის ქართული ვერსია Imagine moving to a country and living there for over a decade. You have a valid work visa and a job.…
7 March 2019
იხილეთ სტატიის ქართული ვერსია “The process of legal gender recognition is not regulated by the State. This increases the risk of unemployment and poverty for…
22 January 2019
It is almost twenty years since the start of the second armed conflict in Chechnya, which formed the backdrop for countless enforced disappearances, extra-judicial killings and…
20 December 2018
Ten months after Rusiko Maisuradze’s son started his prison sentence, his family noticed he was unwell. He was diagnosed with tuberculosis, and died five months…
5 December 2018
Alayif Hasanov (Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety) Alayif Hasanov is one of the courageous Azerbaijani human rights lawyers who has dared to represent imprisoned…
4 December 2018
After years of anguish from not knowing what had happened to their loved ones, the families of 17 ‘disappeared’ men from the North Caucasus have…
20 November 2018
When S.N.* was seventeen, her father complained to the authorities that she had been repeatedly forced to have oral and anal sex with eleven men from the…
9 November 2018
We are looking for a 12 month maternity cover to join our team as Head of Programmes. You will be responsible for all operational stages…
24 October 2018
When 21-year-old Bayram Mammadov and 22-year-old Giyas Ibrahimov sprayed graffiti on a statue of Azerbaijan’s former president, Heydar Aliyev, they may have expected a police…
17 October 2018
At 3:30am one October night in 2009, Khamutkhan Makhloyev and his wife awoke to armed men in masks and camouflage uniforms breaking into their home.…
2 October 2018
Today, the European Court of Human Rights found that Russian law enforcement authorities were responsible for the 2004 abduction, torture and resultant death of Rasul Tsakoyev,…
28 September 2018
In the evening of 26 November 2015, masked security forces stormed a house in the town of Nardaran, Azerbaijan, where the Muslim Unity Movement (MUM)…
25 September 2018
Anatoliy Denisov was President of the Kyiv Administrative Court of Appeal when he was unfairly dismissed from his post before the expiry of his term…
20 September 2018
What happens when you take action following allegations of fraud during parliamentary elections?  What if you spent your life defending victims of human rights abuses,…
11 September 2018
Mobile phones, internet usage, social media, messaging, app stores and even dating services – legislation enacted in Russia over the last five years has ensured…
1 September 2018
EHRAC has commissioned digital investigations agency Forensic Architecture (Goldsmiths University, London) in a case concerning the battle of Ilovaisk in August 2014, which we are litigating with…
31 August 2018
Their home was occupied. They had to move, rebuilding their lives and careers in a city hundreds of kilometres away. They lived in their new…
13 June 2018
It is everyone’s worst nightmare – the disappearance of a family member. We would expect the police to help find them. But what if they…
4 June 2018
“The research carried out by Yale’s Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic will be indispensable as we argue that Azerbaijan has violated the European Convention on…
12 March 2018
Almost six years have passed since the Russian parliament enacted legislation requiring any organisation receiving funding from abroad to register as ‘foreign agents’. In that…
9 March 2018
From 5 to 8 March 2018, twelve lawyers from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Russia and Ukraine joined the EHRAC team for our annual Legal Skills Development Programme (LSDP)…
1 March 2018
Հոդվածի հայերեն տարբերակը կարող եք կարդալ այստեղ: “After Armen’s death, we planted two trees for him in the garden – they are big now ……
21 February 2018
Ivane Merabishvili appears during a preliminary hearing of his case. (Reuters) იხილეთ სტატიის ქართული ვერსია Under cover of darkness one night in December 2013, Ivane…
20 February 2018
Ви також можете прочитати цю статтю українською. “I really like the combination of practical and theoretical approaches. I will use the knowledge and skills I…
One icy December night in 2011, an oil rig with 67 crew members capsized in the middle of the freezing Sea of Okhotsk, off Russia’s…
EHRAC and a consortium of 7 other NGOs have issued a statement expressing serious concerns about the current wording of the draft Copenhagen Declaration on the future of…
6 February 2018
Oleksandr Volkov in front of the Supreme Court of Ukraine, following his reinstatement Ви також можете прочитати цю статтю українською. Oleksandr Volkov was elected to…
30 January 2018
The last ten years have seen Russian military incursions into Abkhazia and South Ossetia in Georgia, and Crimea, Donetsk and Luhansk regions in Ukraine. The…
23 January 2018
იხილეთ სტატიის ქართული ვერსია Two years have passed since the Georgian Government admitted to breaching the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) in four of our cases…
11 January 2018
იხილეთ სტატიის ქართული ვერსია In May 2016, Giga Otkhozoria was driving with two acquaintances from Zugdidi in Georgia to Abkhazia to deliver food for a…
9 January 2018
Area under ‘separatist’ control (BBC/Ukraine National Security and Defence Council, 2014) Ви також можете прочитати цю статтю українською. Almost four years after the armed conflict…
9 January 2018
It is everyone’s worst nightmare – the disappearance of a family member. We would expect the police to help find them. But what if they…
1 January 2018
Ви також можете прочитати цю статтю українською. Since the annexation of Crimea in March 2014, respect for human rights has been under increasing threat, with…
15 December 2017
იხილეთ სტატიის ქართული ვერსია Perched on a steep mountainside above a river, the remote village of Vedzatkhevi certainly sounds picturesque. But after a landslide in…
Today the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the disclosure of highly sensitive medical information – including by a member of the public – breaches the…
12 December 2017
On 12 December 2017, the European Court of Human Rights issued its long-awaited follow-up decisions to the ground-breaking 2015 Grand Chamber judgments on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict,…
11 December 2017
As participants at the High-Level Expert Conference ‘2019 and Beyond: Taking Stock and Moving Forward from the Interlaken Process’, held in Kokkedal, Denmark from 22-24 November…
4 December 2017
The words ‘Foreign Agent’ graffitied on the wall of Memorial Human Rights Centre’s offices in Moscow. When dealing with complex, and often distressing, issues, it…
28 November 2017
იხილეთ სტატიის ქართული ვერსია “The Grand Chamber has paved the way for individual victims of politically motivated detentions and prosecutions across Europe to challenge state…
23 November 2017
იხილეთ სტატიის ქართული ვერსია “I was arrested on the orders of the Azerbaijani authorities, but it was the Georgian authorities that treated me unlawfully and…
Ivane Merabishvili appears during a preliminary hearing of his case. (Reuters) იხილეთ სტატიის ქართული ვერსია On 28 November, the Grand Chamber of European Court of…
2 November 2017
On 2 November 2017, the European Court of Human Rights initiated the examination of the case of Maxim Kuriyev, who was killed by the Ingushetia Federal…
25 September 2017
Bu məqaləni Azərbaycan dilində oxuya bilərsiniz On 21 September 2017, EHRAC and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) submitted an urgent appeal to three UN Special Rapporteurs on behalf of…
22 September 2017
Bu məqaləni Azərbaycan dilində oxuya bilərsiniz Rasul Jafarov (Credit:People in Need’s“Doubling Downon Repression”exhibition.) On 21 September 2017, the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers called on the…
20 September 2017
იხილეთ სტატიის ქართული ვერსია EHRAC and our partners at the Georgian Young Lawyers Association (GYLA) and Union Sapari (Tbilisi) are litigating three femicide cases from Georgia before the European Court of Human…
18 September 2017
“I have been arrested, and attacked. My family and my home have been attacked. It is not possible to find justice in Azerbaijan. Now the…
11 September 2017
“We are delighted to be collaborating again with Yale Law School and that the research carried out, and legal points developed, by the Clinic students…
1 September 2017
Rasul Jafarov (Credit:People in Need’s“Doubling Downon Repression”exhibition.) Lawyers for prominent human rights defender Rasul Jafarov have today asked the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers…
On 28 August 2017, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) requested the Armenian authorities account for the deaths of Robert Hovhannisyan and Andranik Sargsyan, who were…
25 July 2017
Today the European Court of Human Rights held that Russian authorities failed to provide Vyacheslav Yankovskiy, an insulin-dependent type-one diabetic, with adequate medical care while he was…
24 July 2017
Our 2016 Annual Report is now available online. 2016 was in many ways a troubling year for the human rights community, with continuing repression of our partners in…
იხილეთ სტატიის ქართული ვერსია Today, two Tbilisi residents achieved a victory before the European Court of Human Rights, which ruled that the Georgian Government was responsible…
28 June 2017
Four prominent independent or opposition news websites are challenging the Government’s and courts’ decision to block access to them in Azerbaijan. On 21 June 2017,…
23 June 2017
“The Azerbaijani government wants to deceive the world by freeing me from prison, while my freedoms remain limited even out of jail. I can’t travel,…
12 June 2017
Leyla and Arif Yunus. Credit: “Doubling Down on Repression” (People in Need) On 12 June 2017, the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC, based at Middlesex University) filed…
Rafig Tagi, who was killed in 2011 On 16 May 2017, the European Court of Human Rights has begun its examination of the case of journalist…
5 June 2017
იხილეთ სტატიის ქართული ვერსია The landmark 2010 case of Klaus and Yuri Kiladze v Georgia paved the way for many thousands of Georgian victims of Soviet repression…
1 June 2017
In March 2017, the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC), based at Middlesex University, litigated a series of cases in partnership with Memorial Human Rights…
4 May 2017
იხილეთ სტატიის ქართული ვერსია The Georgian Government has settled claims by ten applicants whose protest against cuts to war veterans’ benefits was violently dispersed by the police. …
13 April 2017
Memorial to those who died during the Beslan siege Over 400 victims of the 2004 Beslan School Siege and their families found justice today as…
12 April 2017
On 22 March 2017, the European Court of Human Rights decided to refer a series of cases to the Russian Government on the Foreign Agents Act,…
11 April 2017
From 7 to 10 March 2017, nine lawyers from across Russia, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Ukraine joined the EHRAC team for our annual Legal Skills Development Programme…
30 March 2017
Ви також можете прочитати цю статтю українською. Today the Mejlis (representative body of Crimean Tatars) has submitted an application to the European Court of Human…
იხილეთ სტატიის ქართული ვერსია On 8 March 2017, EHRAC lawyers Prof. Philip Leach and Joanne Sawyer represented former Georgian Prime Minister Ivane Merabishvili in an oral…
16 March 2017
The European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC), based at Middlesex University’s School of Law, has been awarded a grant by the Avaaz Foundation, an advocacy organisation which galvanises…
On 15 March 2017, the European Court of Human Rights requested observations from the Russian Government on a case regarding a political journalist and activist, who…
14 March 2017
Today the European Court of Human Rights found that Russian State agents were responsible for the abduction, beating of and threats to kill four men, who…
Today the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the Russian Government violated the right to respect for family life of the wife and children of…
19 January 2017
Ви також можете прочитати цю статтю українською. Today the European Court of Human Rights found that the dismissal of 18 Ukrainian judges, ranging from Supreme Court…
17 January 2017
Today the European Court of Human Rights found that Russia unlawfully arrested and detained Sultan Barakhoyev, in a “complete negation of fundamentally important guarantees” ten years ago…
20 December 2016
იხილეთ სტატიის ქართული ვერსია Today the European Court of Human Rights found that Russia’s collective expulsion of Georgians in 2006 violated the European Convention on Human…
6 December 2016
Andrew Drzemczewski, Visiting Professor at Middlesex University School of Law, will be giving his inaugural lecture on Tuesday 17 January at 6pm. Compliance with, and the need…
On 15 and 17 November 2016, EHRAC held a pair of webinars on using specific mechanisms of the European Court of Human Rights, drawing on the Court’s…
10 November 2016
On 10 November 2016, the European Court of Human Rights communicated the complaints brought by a young woman from Dagestan, regarding Russia’s failure to investigate claims…
4 November 2016
იხილეთ სტატიის ქართული ვერსია On 19 October 2016, the European Court of Human Rights requested the Georgian Government’s response to a case alleging police hate crime…
On 1 November 2016 EHRAC made a submission to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, concerning the implementation of the European Court of…
27 October 2016
Ви також можете прочитати цю статтю українською. On 26 October 2016, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation upheld the sentences of Stanislav Klikh and Mykola…
იხილეთ სტატიის ქართული ვერსია On 8 September 2016, the European Court of Human Rights (European Court) requested that the Georgian Government provide its observations on a…
23 September 2016
On 23 September 2016, the European Court of Human Rights requested that the Russian Government submit its observations on the case of Rashid Ozdoyev and Tamerlan…
14 September 2016
იხილეთ სტატიის ქართული ვერსია On 14 September 2016, the European Court of Human Rights communicated the case concerning the arrest of seven peaceful protesters who were holding…
18 August 2016
Ви також можете прочитати цю статтю українською. On 26 May 2016, two Ukrainian citizens, Mykola Karpiuk and Stanislav Klikh, were sentenced to 22.5 and 20…
EHRAC is offering a bursary to cover the costs for one human rights defender from Russia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia or Ukraine to attend the ‘39th Training Course for…
7 July 2016
On 21-23 June 2016, EHRAC gathered 15 women’s rights lawyers and activists in Warsaw for our biennial regional seminar: Combatting violence against women through litigation. Participants…
On 24 June 2016, the European Court of Human Rights requested that the Azerbaijani Government submit its observations in the case of Khalid Bagirov’s disbarment from…
იხილეთ სტატიის ქართული ვერსია On 14 June 2016, the European Court of Human Rights found that former Georgian Prime Minister Ivane Merabishvili’s pre-trial detention was used to…
13 June 2016
On 13 June 2016, the European Court of Human Rights requested that the Russian Government submit its observations in a case concerning the arrest and trial of…
Today the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the Azerbaijani authorities’ failure to provide adequate medical treatment to prominent human rights defenders, Leyla and Arif Yunus,…
12 May 2016
On 12 May 2016, the European Court of Human Rights found that Russian authorities did not take prompt and effective measures to protect Zarema Gaysanova’s right…
იხილეთ სტატიის ქართული ვერსია On 25 April 2016, the European Court of Human Rights communicated the case of Kerdikoshvili v Georgia to the Government for its observations.…
13 April 2016
იხილეთ სტატიის ქართული ვერსია The decision in our first domestic violence case before the UN Committee charged with monitoring women’s rights has been nominated for a Gender Justice Uncovered…
To book, please visit the Law Society website. Date: 4 May 2016 Location: Law Society of England and Wales, 113 Chancery Lane, WC2A 1PL Overview: The European…
17 March 2016
The European Court of Human Rights ruled today that the arrest and detention of prominent human rights defender Rasul Jafarov was unjustified and was aimed at punishing…
იხილეთ სტატიის ქართული ვერსია “I hope that the Georgian Government will fulfil the decision and implement the recommendations in good faith. For the first time…
7 March 2016
From 29 February to 3 March, eight lawyers from across Russia, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Ukraine joined the EHRAC team for our annual Legal Skills Development Programme…
23 February 2016
On 7 January 2016, the European Court of Human Rights communicated a group of cases relating to the alleged abductions and disappearances of four men, aged between…
16 February 2016
For me, the most important thing has been to prove that my nephew was not a criminal, but the victim of crime, committed by the…
29 January 2016
Nadezhda Kutepova, founder of the NGO Planet of Hopes, was recently forced to flee her home to live in Paris, where she now has asylum…
27 January 2016
The Governments of Azerbaijan and Hungary have been asked by the European Court of Human Rights to respond formally to a case brought by the relatives of…
The Russian Government has been asked by the European Court of Human Rights to respond to allegations that it violated the right to freedom of expression of Memorial…
Photo credit: Alexander Baroshin In a ground-breaking and strongly worded judgment, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the Russian authorities had failed in their…
17 December 2015
იხილეთ სტატიის ქართული ვერსია On 17 December 2015, the European Court of Human Rights struck out two cases from Georgia, following unilateral declarations from the Government…
17 December 2015
On 16 November, the European Court of Human Rights communicated the case concerning the killing of Natalia Estemirova, a prominent human rights activist and campaigner, to…
17 December 2015
“Death is taken out of life.” These were the words of Lithuanian director Mantas Kvedavaricius, speaking about enforced disappearances at a screening of his film, Barzakh,…
8 December 2015
On 10 November 2015, the European Court of Human Rights communicated the case of Mamikon Khojoyan, a 77-year-old Armenian citizen who inadvertently crossed the border into…
In a ground-breaking Grand Chamber judgment issued today, the European Court of Human Rights has found that Russian legislation on surveillance of mobile telephones fails to…
27 November 2015
On 17 and 18 November 2015, EHRAC held two webinars entitled “Addressing Violence against Women – Views and Recommendations of the UN Committee on the Elimination of…
25 November 2015
იხილეთ სტატიის ქართული ვერსია The Georgian Government has made unilateral declarations in two cases relating to the police’s alleged use of excessive force while dispersing protesters.…
12 November 2015
On 14 October 2015, the European Court of Human Rights communicated a case relating to Human Rights Club’s (HRC) inability to acquire State registration to the Azerbaijani…
11 November 2015
Ви також можете прочитати цю статтю українською. Following Russia’s annexation of Crimea in April 2014, and the ensuing armed conflict in the Donbas region, EHRAC…
9 November 2015
To mark International Human Rights Day 2015, and the 21st anniversary of the beginning of the first Chechen war, EHRAC and Pushkin House present a screening of Barzakh,…
Today, the European Court of Human Rights delivered a judgment in a case concerning the quashing, by way of supervisory review, of a binding and enforceable judgment…
28 October 2015
იხილეთ სტატიის ქართული ვერსია The case of Giorgi Ugulava, the former Mayor of Tbilisi, was communicated by the European Court of Human Rights to the Georgian…
28 October 2015
Last week at the Law Society, prominent human rights lawyers and activists Olga Sadovskaya, Stephania Kulayeva and Khalid Bagirov spoke candidly about the difficulties faced by…
23 October 2015
Last night, Professor Philip Leach was named Human Rights Lawyer of the Year at the Law Society’s annual Excellence Awards. This is the first year that…
In its third judgment on the Katyr-Yurt bombing, the European Court of Human Rights issued its strongest statement yet that the Russian Government must take measures…
9 October 2015
Intigam Aliyev is a courageous and dedicated human rights defender. He fought for human rights in the face of challenges and danger. He is an inspiration for…
8 October 2015
The use of force in the dispersal of the June 2015 Electric Yerevan protests concerning the cost of energy in Armenia proved once again that…
22 September 2015
Today the European Court of Human Rights issued a judgment in a case concerning the abduction and disappearance of Abdurakhman Abdurakhmanov in Dagestan in June 2010. The…
22 September 2015
On 22 September 2015, the European Court of Human Rights communicated a group of cases relating to the alleged abduction of ten men by State agents in…
27 August 2015
In May 2015, EHRAC organised our annual Legal Skills Development Programme (LSDP) in Strasbourg to which we invited nine lawyers from Russia, Georgia, Armenia and Ukraine. We…
12 August 2015
The Georgian Government has recently settled two cases at the European Court of Human Rights, acknowledging that it had violated Articles 3, 5, 6 and…
1 August 2015
On 30 July, in direct response to the “Electric Yerevan” protests and current legal developments in Armenia, EHRAC Legal Consultant Vahe Grigoryan led a one…
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…
On 17 June 2015, the European Court of Human Rights communicated the case of Mkrtchyan v Armenia, which concerns the death of a ten-year-old child, Derenik…
2 July 2015
Memorial to those who died during the Beslan siege Hundreds of victims of the Beslan school siege came a step closer to justice today with…
1 July 2015
The European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC), based at Middlesex University in London, is inviting applications for the position of Lawyer within our legal team. Job Purpose:…
18 June 2015
This year, EHRAC’s Legal Skills Development Programme (LSDP) was held in Strasbourg, home of the Council of Europe (CoE) and the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). We invited…
16 June 2015
With the European Games underway in Baku, the European Court has issued a judgment of exceptional significance for over a million people, both Armenian and…
12 June 2015
On Tuesday 16 June, the grand chamber of the European Court of Human Rights will deliver a judgment in Sargsyan v Azerbaijan, a case of exceptional significance…
8 June 2015
Three students from Middlesex University have undertaken a legal research project for the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre on cases concerning the unlawful arrest and detention…
8 May 2015
On 29 April 2015, EHRAC hosted its first online specialist seminar, or ‘webinar’, on ‘Protecting Women’s Human Rights’. The webinar screen as our participants saw…
6 May 2015
On 5 May 2015 the Georgian Young Lawyers Association (GYLA) held a conference in the Georgian National Library, Tbilisi, on “Russia’s responsibility during the August War and at present: GYLA’s…
In January 2014 the revisions of Rule 47 of the Rules of Court entered into force. These revisions are designed to assist in the efficient…
30 April 2015
Caroline Njoya is just one of Middlesex University School of Law’s master’s students to have gained valuable career experience at the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre…
Panel discussion hosted by the Human Rights Lawyers Association At a time when we are beginning to witness an erosion of the Convention standards in many…
24 April 2015
On 22 April 2015, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruled in the case of Kagirov v Russia (No. 36367). The Court held that the failure…
23 April 2015
On 22 April 2015, Azerbaijani human rights lawyer Intigam Aliyev was sentenced by the Baku Serious Crimes Court to seven and a half years in…
10 April 2015
On 31 March and 1 April, members of the EHRAC team travelled to Kyiv in order to conduct a legal training session. The event, hosted…
27 March 2015
Following the high-level conference by the Council of Europe states in Brussels yesterday, six NGOs have submitted a joint response to the draft Declaration on ‘The Implementation of the…
27 March 2015
On 26 March 2015 the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruled in the case of Zhebrailova and Others v. Russia (No. 40166/07), finding that the abduction…
Tomorrow, on 26 March, Council of Europe states meet in Brussels for a high-level conference entitled, ‘Implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), our…
2 March 2015
The European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC), based at Middlesex University, has joined forces with the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic at Yale…
On 26 February 2015, EHRAC, along with 9 other prominent human rights NGOs, signed a joint statement in response to the draft Brussels Declaration on the ‘Implementation of the European Convention on…
25 February 2015
On 19 February, EHRAC and Memorial Human Rights Centre sent a submission to the Committee of Ministers (CoM) of the Council of Europe with regards to the…
24 February 2015
On 18 February, EHRAC’s Director Prof. Philip Leach attended the launch of the Council of Europe’s project in Kiev, ‘Strengthening the System of Judicial Accountability…
6 February 2015
Today our colleague and lawyer, 32-year old Murad Magomedov, was severely beaten by unknown attackers in Makhachkala. This brutal assault occurred not far from the…
3 February 2015
On 23 January 2015 the Georgian Young Lawyers Association, with the cooperation of the European Human Right Advocacy Centre (EHRAC) and the Partnership for Human…
3 February 2015
Since the human rights centre Memorial and the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC) began collaborating in 2000, the ECtHR has issued 87 positive rulings on…
2 February 2015
Mr. Volkov in front of the Supreme Court of Ukraine Today, Oleksandr Volkov has been reinstated as a Judge in the Ukrainian Supreme Court, six…
EHRAC is advising on two cases against Georgia at the European Court of Human Rights concerning criminal proceedings brought against Ivane Merabishvili, the former Georgian…
16 January 2015
On 15 January, the European Court ruled in Albakova v Russia (No. 69842/10), finding that the killing of Batyr Albakov, and the subsequent lack of an…
6 January 2015
A decisive vote taken by the Ukrainian parliament on 25 December 2014 marks a significant step towards the reinstatement of Oleksandr Volkov to his position…
5 December 2014
Along with Matrix Chambers and the Law Society, Middlesex University School of Law is organising a short course on various aspects of practising human rights…
26 November 2014
The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has decided to give priority to the case of Intigam Aliyev, a prominent human rights lawyer, following his…
21 November 2014
On 13 November 2014, the European Court of Human Rights ruled in Islam-Ittihad Association and others v Azerbaijan (No. 5548/05), finding that the dissolution by the State…
15 November 2014
EHRAC’s Legal Officer, Kate Levine, gave a fascinating talk at the BEARR Trust Annual Conference yesterday. She discussed the legal issues arising from Russia’s 2012 law on “foreign agents”,…
The far-reaching effects of EHRAC’s landmark case Kiladze v Georgia  and then Burdiashvili v Georgia (communicated on 23 September 2013) have extended all the way to Georgia’s national legislation.…
9 October 2014
On 9 October 2014, EHRAC, along with over 100 other prominent NGOs, signed an open letter with the aim of urging President Vladimir Putin to halt the…
A journalist’s challenge to Russia’s sweeping surveillance powers over mobile phone communications will take a step forward this month in a rare public hearing of…
18 September 2014
Today the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the detention and disappearance of Apti Zaynalov in 2009 breached three separate aspects of the right…
17 September 2014
On 17 September 2014, EHRAC and the Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association submitted a new case against Georgia to the European Court of Human Rights concerning…
5 September 2014
EHRAC and other human rights NGOs submitted a letter to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe requesting enhanced supervision of the implementation of…
1 September 2014
On the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the Beslan School siege, in which at least 1,128 people, including 800 children, were taken hostage by Chechen…
EHRAC and other leading human rights NGOs sent an urgent appeal to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe (CoE), asking the CoE to…
9 July 2014
EU Special Adviser, Thomas Hammarberg has published his report on the progress and challenges facing civil society in Georgia. Mr Hammarberg emphasised the immense progress…
4 July 2014
European Court: Violence against Chechens breached European Convention on Human Rights – failure to investigate episode of ‘mob violence’ – strangulation with rope by police…
On 2 July 2014, almost 10 years since the Tunyan family were evicted from their home, their case is to be re-examined in Armenia following…
3 April 2014
“Each party tried to get the judges into their own pocket” Translated by Victor Kuijpens for the Daily Trouw It’s not every day that a judge…
27 February 2014
Today the European Court of Human Rights ruled in the case Dzhabrailov and Others v Russia that the arrest and abduction of 13 men in Chechnya…
7 February 2014
You can now watch the webcast of the Sargsyan v Azerbaijan hearing at the European Court of Human rights, at which Prof. Philip Leach and Vahe Grigoryan of EHRAC represented…
4 February 2014
Tomorrow, the case of Sargsyan v Azerbaijan will be heard by the Grand Chamber at the European Court of Human Rights. The case is brought by the…
30 January 2014
Today the European Court of Human Rights ruled in the case Z. and Khatuyeva v Russia that the arrest and abduction of Mr Zhamalayla Yanayev in December 2004…
EHRAC’s Director, Prof. Philip Leach, has responded to an open-call from the Council of Europe for proposals and views on the longer-term reform of the…
The President of the Law Society expressed concern to the Committee of Ministers regarding the non-enforcement by Ukraine of EHRAC’s case, Oleksandr Volkov v Ukraine at the…
Today, the European Court of Human Rights ruled in the case of Pitsayeva and Others v Russia, concerning 36 men who were ‘disappeared’ after being taken…
19 December 2013
The European Court of Human Rights ruled today in the case Dobriyeva and Others v Russia and found that the investigation into the disappearance of the applicants’…
5 December 2013
Yesterday, the Committee of Ministers at the Council of Europe adopted a further decision in the case of Oleksandr Volkov v Ukraine, in which they urge Ukraine to “take…
2 December 2013
The Law Society Gazette has published an excellent article on the recent conference in Belfast on ‘Challenging the Oppression of Lawyers in Times of Conflict’ – at…
23 November 2013
23 November 2013 – The award winning film Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer is being screened at Pushkin House, Holborn on Tuesday 10th December in aid…
22 November 2013
Our photography exhibition will go on display on Monday 25th November to Friday 29th November at Middlesex University. It received great coverage in the local news – such…
21 November 2013
Prof. Philip Leach, Director of EHRAC and Alice Donald, Senior Research Fellow at Middlesex University have written an article for the UK Human Rights Blog…
19 November 2013
At the Committee of Ministers’ meeting today in Strasbourg, EHRAC Senior Lawyer Jessica Gavron will highlight our case Volkov v Ukraine – in which the European Court…
31 October 2013
The European Court of Human Rights ruled today that Russian State agents unlawfully detained Bulat Chilayev and Aslan Israilov in Chechnya in 2006 and after no news…
24 October 2013
Read a report from EHRAC’s visit to Moscow in September 2013.
At a public hearing today at the European Court of Human Rights, the final judgment in the case Janowiec & Others v Russia was heard by relatives…
16 October 2013
You can watch footage from our recent panel discussion held at Pushkin House on 10 October 2013. Oleg Orlov of Memorial in Russia, Luke Harding of…
10 October 2013
In two separate judgments against Russia at the European Court of Human Rights today, justice was achieved for three families whose relatives were ‘disappeared’ at…
10 October 2013
To celebrate EHRAC’s 10th Anniversary, we held a panel discussion on 10 October on Foreign agents and political activity – opposing the crackdown on Russian NGOs. The…
9 October 2013
In a recent speech, the President of the European Court of Human Rights, Dean Spielmann, commented on the implementation of our ‘noteworthy’ case Volkov v Ukraine. In…
26 September 2013
In EHRAC’s case Volkov v Ukraine, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has called on the Ukrainian government to reinstate Volkov as judge of the…
24 September 2013
On Thursday 10 October at Pushkin House we will hold a panel discussion on: Foreign agents and political activity – opposing the crackdown on Russian NGOs.…
We have published a new organisational strategy for 2013 – 2023 to mark our tenth anniversary. It is available in English or Russian.
20 September 2013
You can now view the EHRAC photo exhibition online, featuring images from our work over the past ten years. The exhibition was on display at Pushkin House…
17 September 2013
Sir Nicolas Bratza and Lord Frank Judd send commemorative messages on the occasion of EHRAC’s 10th anniversary. Sir Nicolas Bratza “I feel very privileged to have been asked by…
EHRAC was signatory to a joint NGO submission to the Joint Committee on Human Rights, commenting on the impact of Protocol 15 to the European Convention on Human Rights. The…
9 September 2013
To mark our 10 year anniversary we are also hosting a special photography exhibition featuring photos from cases over the past decade. It will be held…
3 September 2013
The European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms came into force 60 years ago today. Today it is rightly recognised as…
29 August 2013
The Dutch Foundation ‘Judges for Judges’ has written to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe about the implementation of Volkov v Ukraine (21722/11). Specifically, they…
29 July 2013
Memorial Human Rights Centre, EHRAC’s partner organisation, submitted observations to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe concerning general measures in the Khashiyev group of…
26 July 2013
At a House of Lords debate this week, Lord Judd, a long-time supporter of EHRAC’s work, raised issues of widespread human rights violations taking place…
22 July 2013
On 12 July 2013, EHRAC and the Russian NGO Memorial launched a new case at the European Court of Human Rights concerning the banning of…
19 July 2013
A new submission in the Foreign Agent case was sent to the European Court reflecting the deterioration in the applicant NGOs’ situations since February 2013 as a direct result of…
EHRAC’s partner in Russia, Memorial Human Rights Centre, has written an article on the application of the European Convention on Human Rights by the Supreme…
24 June 2013
“Protocol 15 to the European Convention on Human Rights must not result in a weakening of human rights protection”. EHRAC and other leading human rights…
20 June 2013
Today, in the case of Turluyeva v Russia (No. 63638/09), the European Court of Human Rights held the Russian State responsible for the disappearance and presumed death…
29 May 2013
Prof. Philip Leach, Director of EHRAC, gave his inaugural lecture at Middlesex University, titled “What is Justice? Reflections of a practitioner at the European Court of…
30 April 2013
EHRAC is deeply concerned about a notice received today by our partner organisation, Memorial Human Rights Centre, from the Moscow Prosecutor’s Office. The notice officially…
18 April 2013
Today, the European Court of Human Rights found Russia to have violated the European Convention on Human Rights in two cases: Askhabova v Russia (54765/09) and Ageyevy v…
Along with organisations such as Amnesty International and the AIRE Centre, EHRAC was signatory to a joint NGO submission commenting on the Draft Protocol 15 to…
Today, an application is being lodged with the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of eleven leading Russian human rights NGOs to contest the…
16 November 2021
The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has granted interim measures in a case that has led Georgia to agree to reform a decree setting…