(closed project) The project implemented by the Human Rights Education and Monitoring Centre – EMC served the goal to promote civic participation and sustainable development through in-depth research of social movements related to environmental, cultural, and social aspects of urban development.
Repression of civil society is on the rise all over the world, even in supposedly democratic countries above reproach. Especially activists and organisations who advocate for democracy, human rights, and social and environmental justice are under pressure.
Civil society space is under attack worldwide. In her welcoming speech to the Global Perspectives Conference, Barbara Unmüßig urged 160 representatives of civil society organisations from around the globe to stand in solidarity with each other and to put the issue of shrinking and closing spaces back on the political agenda.
The volume’s name speaks for itself. South Caucasus at a Crossroad: Thorny Realities and Great Expectations celebrates ten years of the Heinrich Boell Foundation’s active presence in the South Caucasus. Those were a turbulent ten years for the region. Wars, conflicts and sealed borders remained part of the reality in the South Caucasus.
Article by Charles Fairbanks "Weighing What We Do for Democracy in the South Caucasus” presented at the conference "South Caucasus on the Crossroads: 10 Years of Heinrich Boell Foundation in Region"