Our partners and funders

Our approach to partnerships

Our partnerships are collaborative and mutually beneficial relationships that are underpinned by the following principles:

  • Our collaboration is an exchange of experience and a process of mutual learning. We provide expertise on international human rights and international mechanisms and our partners bring expertise on the domestic laws and context and knowledge of the applicant(s).
  • Mutual respect and trust are fundamental to the way we work. We recognise and value the work and expertise of our partners, and acknowledge the limitations of our own knowledge and experience.
  • We work flexibly, depending on need, to provide solidarity and a range of support to our partners who operate in challenging and repressive environments.
  • We take a trauma-informed approach, ensuring that we understand and adapt to our partners’ needs and that we prioritise their safety and agency and that of the applicant.
  • We are committed to working in an inclusive way, identifying any barriers to collaboration and adapting our approach as needed.
  • We are transparent in our decision-making, and communicate our advice and reasoning clearly to our partners in order to ensure mutual accountability.

We are developing our engagement with smaller organisations at the regional and grassroots level to increase our access to marginalised and under-represented communities. At the same time, we continue to strengthen our existing partnerships to ensure that the relationship continues to be mutually beneficial and that our aims and priorities remain aligned, providing organisational, wellbeing and security support where needed. We recognise that the nature and needs of a partnership may evolve over time – we reflect regularly on our working relationships and adapt and improve our approach as required.

Our partners

Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association (GYLA) is a Tbilisi-based voluntary professional union of lawyers that seeks to safeguard the rule of law and human rights protections. GYLA provides free legal consultations and represents individuals before the…
PINK Armenia is a community based LGBTIQ+ organisation based in Yerevan. It was established to serve and support the needs of Armenia’s LGBTIQ+ community, to promote human rights protections for LGBTIQ+ people, and advocate for…
The Human Rights Education and Monitoring Center (EMC) is a Tbilisi-based organisation working on human rights causes and aiming to support the creation of a free and equal society based on solidarity. To enact social…
The Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union (UHHRU), founded in 2004, is the largest association of human rights organisations in Ukraine, which brings together 29 human rights NGOs with the purpose of protecting human rights. UHHRU…
The Ukrainian Legal Advisory Group (ULAG) is a team of analysts and lawyers. ULAG monitors both the national and international political and legal landscape, analyses how these landscapes affect the state of play in Ukraine…
Union Sapari was founded in 2001 as a centre for the rehabilitation of victims of domestic violence. The following year, Sapari opened the first shelter for victims, providing medical and psychological assistance. Sapari’s activities also…
Women’s Initiatives Supporting Group (WISG) is a feminist organisation which works on women’s issues. WISG was founded by 8 women from different professions in 2000. The main goal of the organisation is to support the…

Our funders

We receive support from a number of grant-making organisations and would like to thank the following for their kind and generous support.

Digital Freedom Fund
The Digital Freedom Fund (DFF) exists to support the digital rights community in Europe to advance and protect human rights in digital spaces and reduce the negative impact of technology in the world. DFF supports Europe’s digital rights litigators and…
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East-West Management Institute
East-West Management Institute (EWMI) works to strengthen democratic societies by bringing together government, civil society, and the private sector – to build accountable, capable and transparent institutions. EWMI is implementing a new five-year human rights and justice support programme funded…
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International Partnership for Human Rights
Based in Brussels, International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) works closely with civil society groups from different countries to raise human rights concerns at the international level and promote respect for the rights of vulnerable communities. Together with partners, IPHR…
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Open Society Foundation
The Open Society Foundation (OSF), a private operating and grant-making foundation, aims to shape public policy to promote democratic governance, human rights, and economic, legal, and social reform. On a local level, OSF implements a range of initiatives to support…
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Sigrid Rausing Trust
The Sigrid Rausing Trust is a philanthropic foundation based in Britain. It was set up in 1995 by Sigrid Rausing as a grant giving trust and is guided by the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The funding categories…
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