Georgia’s Muslim Community: A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy?

The principle objective of this paper is to examine the creation of the new Administration of Georgian Muslims; how and why it has been created and what its specific role, function and means of operating will be. Most importantly, it will examine how the administration has been received by Georgia’s Muslims and how it will […]

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Minority Issues Mainstreaming in the South Caucasus

This practical guide is designed as a training toolkit and reference collection that can be used by national and international organizations as well as government and other stakeholders for project development in the South Caucasus. It provides an overview of issues pertaining to ethno-national minorities in the region . It is divided in three sections. […]

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Azerbaijan: A model of peaceful co-existence of Islam and minority religions

Two programmes were dedicated to Azerbaijan in the European Parliament in November 2013. This press release explains the outcomes of these programmes. Amongst other activitites, there was a conference hosted by Vice-President László Surján, whereby the Human Rights Without Frontiers international organisation launched its report on Non-Muslim Minorities in Azerbaijan  as two programmes have been […]

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Human Rights in Eastern Partnership Countries

This paper gives an account of the state of human rights and democratic institutions in the EaP countries and discusses the EU concepts and tools for human rights and democracy promotion in the region, including the proposals related to the May 2011 ENP Communication (ENPI Civil Society Facility, European Endowment for Democracy, etc.), as well […]

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National Minorities and Migration in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine

This paper intends to look at the interconnection of minority and migration issues.It  aims to investigate the interrelation of the minority regimes adopted by Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine, and migration. It seeks to open up the discussion on the extent to which certain policies and rights for national minorities can be […]

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Media Neighbourhood: Online handbook for journalists

The online handbook aimed at supporting journalists to report accurately and impartially about the European Union and the European Neighbourhood Policy. It provides introduction to the European Union structure and institutions as well as tips to report on the EU and links to sources of information. Journalists from ENP countries share their learning and ideas how to report […]

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Democracy and Minority Rights in Azerbaijan in light of the 2013 presidential elections

The fact-finding mission to Dagestan and Azerbaijan aimed at examining the situation of the Lezghin, and other ethnic and religious groups, in light of the Azeri Presidential elections of 2013. Political Representation, Socio-Economic Conditions and Culture and Language are the three key thematics the mission gathered data and testimonies. The mission key findings are the […]

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Partnership for all? Measuring the impact of Eastern Partnership on minorities

In 2009 the EU launched the Eastern Partnership (EaP) encompassing the six Eastern countries Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. What is the EU’s policy towards minorities in these countries? Did minorities and indigenous peoples have a say in the political dialogue with the EU? Have they benefited from the main EU financial instruments? […]

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Tightening the Screws

Azerbaijan’s record on freedom of expression, assembly, and association has been on a steady decline for some years, but it has seen a dramatic deterioration since mid-2012.  Since then the government has been engaged in a concerted effort to curtail opposition political activity, punish public allegations of corruption and other criticism of government practices, and […]

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