On 15 September 2017, the Human Rights House Foundation (HRHF) announced an open call for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to apply to be members of the new core group of Human Rights House Azerbaijan (HRH Azerbaijan). The core group is responsible for managing the House and setting its strategic direction inside the country.
Ten Azerbaijani organisations applied and, after a careful selection process, three organisations were found to comply fully with the HRH Azerbaijan selection criteria. HRHF very much appreciates the strong interest from Azerbaijani civil society.
The three members of HRH Azerbaijan’s new core group are:
- Women’s Association for Rational Development, led by Shahla Ismayil
- Legal Education Society, led by Intigam Aliyev
- Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Center, led by Anar Mammadli.
HRH Azerbaijan was founded in 2007 as an international branch of HRHF. The House provided a vibrant space in central Baku for dialogue, discussion and education on human rights. In March 2011, Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Justice ordered the House to cease all activities.
HRHF will continue its policy of constructive engagement with the Azerbaijani authorities, with a view to re-launching the activities of the House inside Azerbaijan.