A decade of human rights protection

12 September - 10 October 2013

A photography exhibition featuring images from the work of the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre.

The European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC) was established in 2003 to use litigation at the European Court of Human Rights to challenge human rights violations committed by Russian security forces in Chechnya and other republics of the North Caucasus. Cases of torture, disappearances and the disproportionate use of military force have remained a key element of our work.

Since opening its doors in 2003 it has also taken on cases about the right to demonstrate, the right to a fair trial, the right to a healthy environment, the protection of journalists and human rights defenders, the rights of detainees and people being extradited, and the right to freedom of movement. It has brought litigation to challenge ethnic discrimination and the failure to investigate crimes of violence against women. Its remit has expanded beyond Russia to include work in Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia. Litigation in the South Caucasus includes cases arising from the 2008 South Ossetian conflict and the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

In the ten years since EHRAC was founded it has taken 310 cases to the European Court. For many, the Strasbourg process was critical in establishing what had happened, and who was responsible - especially for family members in Chechnya whose loved ones had been the subject of enforced disappearances or extra-judicial executions. Others achieved particular measures of individual redress, such as decisions preventing their expulsion to a country where they faced the risk of torture, or their reinstatement to the role of Supreme Court judge. 

This exhibition of photographs to mark EHRAC’s tenth anniversary tells just some of the stories behind these cases.