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Strengthening Independent Activists and Journalists
Public Summary: To strengthen the capacity of emerging activists and journalists in Uzbekistan. The organization will provide core financial support and guidance for selected mini grantees, and will sponsor trainings, international exchanges, and opportunities for mentoring and networking. Using information and insight from these partners and other contacts in the country, the organization will conduct advocacy on human rights issues to the Uzbekistani authorities, European governments, and international bodies. The organization is based in Europe and maintains extensive programming building civil society capacity and defending human rights in Eurasia, and conducts advocacy in European and international fora
Policy Analysis and Public Debate
Promoting Access to Information
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Promoting Public Discussion
Public Summary: To promote the discussion of sensitive political and social topics in the Republic of Uzbekistan. The organization will operate meeting space for activists. It will host events that promote democratic values and critical thinking among the public. It will hold public discussions on political, social, and human rights topics. This organization was founded two years ago, and its gallery has become a critical venue for the discussion of salient human rights, political, and social topics.
Defending Property Rights in Uzbekistan
Public Summary: To defend the property and housing rights of urban residents and rural agricultural tenants in Uzbekistan. The organization will confront two distinct but interrelated human rights abuses resulting from the government’s plans for economic reform and infrastructure development: home demolitions caused by urban renewal initiatives and evictions of tenant farmers caused by privatization of agricultural land. The project will monitor and document abuses and provide legal aid to citizens facing violations.
University of Ulster
Investigating how Transnational Corruption Impacts Human Rights in Uzbekistan
Public Summary: To identify transnational kleptocratic activity prevalent among major urbanization or land reform projects in Uzbekistan The organization will monitor major urban and rural land confiscations and forced evictions, document human rights violations, research government involvement in these schemes, and the identify politically exposed persons who benefit from them. It will work with civil society to conduct the monitoring and research, as well as to advocate to international institutions to address human rights concerns and eliminate the transnational kleptocratic enabling environment
Promoting the Defense of Human Rights
Public Summary: To strengthen and defend human rights and civic activism in Central Asia. The organization will build a comprehensive ecosystem for human rights, democratic governance, and rule of law by training and mentoring activists, lawyers, journalists, and students in their native language. The project also will monitor violations to share with international partners and conduct strategic litigation to address abuses