Protection Program Report: Support provided to exiled human rights defenders from Azerbaijan in Georgia
The report presents the activities carried out by the Human Rights House Tbilisi (HRHT) in 2014-2017, which aimed to protect the Azerbaijani human rights defenders sheltering in Georgia and to promote their civic integration in the country.
The protection program implemented by the HRHT enabled more than one hundred displaced civil or political activists, journalists, representatives of nongovernmental organizations and human rights defenders to receive support. In the frame of the protection program, it was possible to significantly reduce the risks the beneficiaries were placed in and to offer new opportunities to them. The protection program was implemented with active support of and cooperation with the Human Rights House Foundation. In addition to that, the HRHF, in partnership with the HRHT and two more houses (Chernigov Human Rights Educational House (Ukraine), Barys Zvozskau Belarusian Human Rights House) elaborated the guidelines and main principles of the protection program, based on which the above mentioned Houses operate.
The report reviews cases of Azerbaijani refugees – the problems they face upon arrival in Georgia and the assistance they received from the HRHT. The Human Rights House Tbilisi actively continues to defend the rights of the Azerbaijani refugees in Georgia and advocates their interests in Georgia and abroad.
During the implementation of the protection program, HRHT received financial support from the Human Rights House Foundation, National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Georgia.