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Democratic  Institutions and Human  Rights Social Union (DIHR) has been established by a group of young lawyers, sosiologists and journalists in 2006 and has been registered on February 28, 2007 at the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Azerbaijan. DIHR is a member of Coordinating Council, “For the Sake of Free and Fair Elections” that brings together more than 50 NGOs and a member of the Coalition EITI that brings together about 163 NGOs. Organization is a member of the Challenge of Health Alliance combining about 40 NGOs.

And is teh founder of  Human Rights Defenders’ Regional Cooperation Network in Southern Caucasus and Central Asia network (http://sccanet.org ) and “National Preventive Mechanism” Public Control NGO Coalition.

The goal of the organization: Development of democratic values, protection of human rights, provision of freedom of speech and Media and religious tolerance. The organization fulfils the following objectives according to its goals:

1.  Propagate and develop religious tolerance;

2. Prepare registration documents of juridical persons and defend them at courts;

3. Harm reduction among those with TB, HİV/AİDS

4. The Defence of Prisoner rights;

5. Support develop intitatives of youth;

6. Support democratic initiatives;

7. Protection of human rights and freedoms;

8. Providing citizens with legal aid;

9. Protection of freedom of speech and Media;

10. Increasing legal education of citizens.

About the chair of organization – Elchin Abdullayev – a human rights defendant in Azerbaijan, has been arrested in 2003 and sentenced to 4 years of conditional imprisonment. He was recognized as a political prisoner by the Council of Europe. He was tortured severely himself while in imprisonment. He has prepared documents of around 300 NGOs for registration and was able to get state registration for about 100 of them. Currently he acts as an  advocate for the NGOs, whose registration was rejected.

Particpation of the chair in international events:

1)    Attendee of 2nd European Conference in Lvov/ Ukraine;

2)    Attendee of 43rd Session of UNO CAT, in Genève / Switzerland)

3)    Civil Society Forum which was held in Poznan city in Poland within East Partnership Program of European Union.

International relations and partnerships

-        UN office in Azerbaijan;

-        OSCE office in Baku;

-        UN Committee Against Tortures

-        World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT)

-        Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT)

-        Austria – Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights

-        Bulgaria – Center for protection of rights in healthcare

-        The Bulgarian Helsinki Committee

-        Global Fund

-        Open Society Institute

-        Humanitas Helvetica Organization

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