Human Rights House Foundation

Georgia

About HRH Tbilisi

Human Rights House Tbilisi is a collaborative project, which unites six Georgian human rights organisations. Human Rights House Tbilisi was founded in September 2009, registered in July 2010 and became a member of the international Human Rights House Network the same year. HRH Tbilisi is comprised of: the Human Rights Center, Article 42 of the Constitution, Georgian Center for Psychosocial and Medical Rehabilitation of Torture Victims, Union “Sapari,” the Caucasian Center for Human Rights and Conflict Studies and Media Institute. All of these organizations share office space and resources at the House premise. In addition, HRH Tbilisi serves as the headquarters of the South Caucasus Network of Human Rights Defenders. HRH Tbilisi has received funds from the Norwegian, Dutch and Czech Ministries of Foreign Affairs as well as from National Endowment for Democracy (NED), Swiss embassy and Eurasia Partnership foundation.

HRHT mission:

The Human Rights House Tbilisi is a union of human rights NGOs working in one space which defends human rights. Through the members, HRHT works towards the following directions: providing legal and psychological service, improvement of legislation, advocacy, human rights education and civil society development. 

The vision of the HRHT:
Georgia – with respected human rights, democratic values and strong civil society

HRHT slogan: House for your rights!

Values:
We respect:
1. Each person and his/her universal rights and freedoms;
2. Democratic values and rule of law;
3. Independence and equality of member organizations and cooperation. 

Projects implemented by the Human Rights House Tbilisi:

Human Rights to the Regions:
HRH Tbilisi currently is running the project – Human Rights to the Regions, funded by the embassy of Netherlands to Georgia. Within the project framework, HRHT works both on providing free legal aid and psychological consultations to the population in the Tbilisi and in the regions of Georgia and raises public awareness on the human rights situation in the regions of Georgia and brings the topics to the table of the relevant stakeholders. HRHT mobile groups (comprised with a lawyer, monitor, psychologist and a journalist) conduct country visits regularly.

Free legal aid to Socially Indigent population:
HRHT run the project “Free legal aid to Socially Indigent population” in 2011-2014 which was supported by the “Eurasia Partnership Foundation” program ‘Civil Initiative for an Independent Judiciary.’ The project is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and East-West Management Institute (EWMI). The project was on providing free legal assistance for socially disadvantaged people at Human Rights House Tbilisi. The project was implemented by the member organizations of Human Rights House: Human Rights Centre and “Article 42 of the Constitution”.

Human Rights Media Centre:
The project – Human Rights Media Centre was implemented by the HRHT with the support of NED. The project was launched in 2011 and was implemented in two stages during two years. The aim of the project was to develop the members of the member organizations, awareness raising of the society about their activities and services, developing professional skill and capacity of media representatives and advocacy of freedom of expression.

Study of the issue of political prisoners by the civil society in Georgia:
HRHT implemented the project - study of the issue of political prisoners by the civil society in Georgia in 2012 with the support of the Open Society Georgia Foundation.
Within the project framework, HRHT has worked out the handbook on Political Prisoners in Georgia. The working groups consisted of the members of the HRHT as well as other civil society/NGO activists and independent media experts. The handbook has been published on two languages – English and Georgian. The handbook reviews the historical overview as well as ECHR case law. The handbook overviews the criteria for the political prisoners by the CoE and Amnesty International. The group has worked out the criteria for granting the status of political prisoners based on the international law and practice.

Human Rights Youth club:
In 2011-2012 the Human Rights House Tbilisi implemented the project - Human Rights Youth Club funded by the Swiss embassy to Georgia. The project aimed at raising awareness on human rights among youngsters through non-formal education. Within the project framework HRHT created a network of youngsters who were actively involved in the club activities like: documentary screenings on human rights, street actions and flesh-mobs, discussions and workshops, etc.

South Caucasus Network of Human Rights Defenders:
HRHT has been coordinating the South Caucasus Network of Human Rights Defenders (SCN HRDs) since 2012. HRHT has organized the regional meetings of the SCN, capacity building trainings and workshops, study visits to CoE and EU. Within the network HRHT provides shelters to human rights defenders under risk from the region. SCN HRDs was created in 2009 by the Human Rights Centre and unites around 30 human rights organizations from Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. Most of them are the members of the Human Rights Houses as well. The aim of the network is to support the defense of human rights defenders  in South Caucasus and their strengthening on regional as well as on international level.
As a whole, HRHT has coordinated five regional meetings, three trainings and 2 study trips to Europe.


Ensuring access to rehabilitation and re-integration services to prisoners and former prisoners in Georgia:
The objective of the action is to ensure access of prisoners, former inmates, probationers and children in conflict with the law to rehabilitation and re-socialisation services.
Human Rights House is responsible for advocacy component of the project and has conducted a series of educational workshops for journalists in 4 cities of Georgia (Tbilisi, Batumi, Kutaisi, Gurjaani). In addition to that, HRHT has announced a competition for journalists working on the issues of imprisonment, release process, integration of prisoners, etc. As a result of the competition – Step to Freedom – situation of convicts and former convicts in Georgia, HRHT together with GCRT will reveal best journalistic works on the problems of prisoners, former convicts, people under probation and their integration issues.

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