Human Rights Priority
Mission: to enhance the protection of human rights in Georgia through strategic litigation. Strategic litigation requires choosing cases that have the potential to serve as precedents and to maximize impact through systems reform.
HRP seeks to protect the rights of victims of fundamental human rights abuses, especially:
- Civilians who have suffered in wars, including Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) and those who should qualify for IDP status. Among the important issues here are compensation and property rights, as well as war crimes;
- victims of unlawful detention and prisoners in poor health who do not receive adequate medical treatment;
- women’s rights;
- human rights defenders (the last two categories focus on violations of freedom of expression and violations of article 11, which protects the right to peaceful assembly and association).
- Additional categories are included in the logical framework including victims suffering from deprivation of life, victims of fundamental human rights abuses, and victims of discrimination on the grounds of nationality and sexual orientation.
Action Plan for 2010 – 2012 lists these strategies:
1. Strategic Litigation
2. Coordination with local and international organizations
4. Training young lawyers (mainly through internships)
Goals and Activities
The Human Rights Priority Strategy for the 2010-2012 focuses on the following areas:
- rights of civilians affected by conflict, including property rights (which includes a focus on access to justice for war-affected citizens and a campaign to change the law on court fees);
- freedom of expression (including the labor rights of journalists and the right to peaceful assembly of human rights activists);
- prisoner’s rights
The activities in the Strategy include strategic litigation and legal advocacy. Specifics include:
Domestic litigation to improve the judicial process:
- Criminal litigation (brought before investigative agencies in Georgia and Russia, including cases of civilians injured and killed during the 2008 war) as well as addressing other flaws in the domestic criminal court system
- Civil litigation (especially property rights of civilians affected by the 2008 war)
- Administrative litigation (also property rights, in all levels of domestic courts in Georgia)
- All categories of domestic cases represented before the ECHR
- Participation in the ICC Coalition of Georgia
Enforcement of judgments:
- Ensuring proper implementation of domestic and international judgments and decisions through monitoring and advocacy.