(ongoing project) The project implemented by the Human Rights Education and Monitoring Centre – EMC serves 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.


A few days ago, the Georgian population elected a portion of the 9th parliament since the country’s independence. In more than 50 single-member districts a second round of elections is scheduled.

On April 23, 2015, Heinrich Boell Foundation South Caucasus Regional Office hosted public debates "How has civic activism changed local democracy?"

Book presentation in Yerevan

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.


Die aserbaidschanische Menschenrechtlerin Leyla Yunus ist in Baku festgenommen worden. Nicht erst seit den Präsidentschaftswahlen 2013 geht das Regime mit aller Härte gegen Presse und Opposition vor.


Azerbaijani human rights activist Leyla Yunus has been arrested in Baku. The regime’s savage crackdown on press and opposition started long before the presidential elections of 2013.

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"

Mr. David Usupashvili, Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia, and Ms. Nino Lejava, Director of the Heinrich Boell Foundation, South Caucasus Regional Office

On 5-6 June, Heinrich Boell Foundation dedicated a two-day conference to celebrate the date together with its partners from all three South Caucasian countries, as well as the representatives of Academic sphere.