The South Caucasus Network of Human Rights Defenders

Report on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders in South Caucasus 2011-2012
The report covers cases of pressure against human rights defenders in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia between January 2011 and November 2012. The documentation provided by local human rights organizations in the three countries shows that the work of human rights defenders is not only hindered through direct attacks, threats or charges against individuals, but also through smear campaigns targeting both human rights defenders and organizations that cover sensitive issues. This despite the fact that according to the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, everyone has the right "to submit to governmental bodies and agencies and organizations concerned with public affairs criticism and proposals for improving their functioning and to draw attention to any aspect of their work that may hinder or impede the promotion, protection and realization of human rights and fundamental freedoms"
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