The Caucasian Centre for Human Rights and Conflict Studies (CAUCASIA)
The Caucasian Centre for Human Rights and Conflict Studies (CAUCASIA) was established in 1993 as an independent NGO. From the time of establishment CAUCASIA is a member of international Helsinki movement for human rights and operating as national Helsinki Committee in Georgia.
The objective of CAUCASIA is to promote among the public the need for respect and protection of every individual. Its work is dedicated towards the establishment of a genuine civil society and promotion of rule of law in Georgia and in the Caucasus region.
CAUCASIA’s main sphere of activities are monitoring and reporting on human rights violations in Georgia with a special emphasis on: conditions in places of detention and problems of the criminal justice system, freedom of expression and information, election observation, rights of ethnic and religious minorities, IDP’s and refugees; CAUCASIA is carrying out advocacy activities on international and national level and contributes to the encouragement of legislation in the sphere of human rights; it also offers legal help to the victims of human rights abuses and carries out litigation domestically and before international mechanisms. The centre also works on human rights education, organizes conferences, public actions and other forms of civil activities. One of main objectives of CAUCASIA is also to study and research ethnic, religious and political conflicts in the region.
CAUCASIA is working on projects independently as well as in co-operation with other human rights groups internationally, regionally and locally. In Georgia the most close partner organizations of CAUCASIA are the Human Rights Centre (HRIDC) and Georgian Centre for Rehabilitation of Torture Victims (GCRT).