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Central Asia Small Grants 2012-2013

Central Asia Small Grants 2012-2013

The Norwegian Helsinki Committee is pleased to announce that the following projects have been selected to receive support from its annual Small Grants Fund.

Since 2007, the Norwegian Helsinki Committee has supported initiatives promoting human rights and democratic principles in the Central Asian region through its annual Small Grants Fund.

Over the past five years, numerous successful projects have been implemented by local human rights organizations devoted to improving the human rights situation in their home countries on a wide range of fundamental issues.

This year, the NHC received 212 applications from organizations across all five Central Asian republics. As our funds are limited, we are unfortunately unable to support many of the excellent project proposals we receive each year. Some projects will be recommended to other donors. However, we are confident that the NHC grantees for the period 2012-13 will have significant impact on the respect for human rights in the areas in which they work.

The following projects have been selected for this period:



Center Media Service, project “Human rights trainings for journalist in Shymkent region”.

Eko Mangistau, project “Practical school for young lawyers on human rights protection”.

International Legal Initiative, “Strengthening the capacity of NGOs in promoting human rights in the Kazakh language”.

Kazakhstan International Bureau for Human Rights and Rule of Law, project “Expert group on legal analysis and support to regional networks working on individual complaints to the UN Human Rights Committee”.

Orleau People Task Force, project “Combating sex trafficking and rehabilitation of sexually exploited women in Central Kazakhstan”.

Panturiana, project “Alternative action plan on human rights from civil society organizations”.



Citizens Against Corruption, project “Analysis of the problem of early marriages and early motherhood in Kyrgyzstan”.

Golos Svobody, project “Torture prevention and support of victims of torture in Kyrgyzstan”.

Human Rights Center Memorial, project “Report research, June 2010 events in Jalalabad Province”.

Kylym Shamy, project “Without justice there is no stability”.

Open Viewpoint, project “Information among the population on decisions by the authorities in relation to citizens held responsible for the June 2010 events in the South of the country”.

Spravedlivost’, project “Protection of the rights of vulnerable groups in Jalalabad Province”.



Independent Center on Human Rights, project “Legal assistance to printed mass media”.

RUSHD, project “Promote protection of the rights of children born by second (unofficial) wives”.


Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan

The NHC remains committed to supporting the movement for democracy in the two most repressive regimes in the Central Asian region, where human rights defenders live under constant threat of repression.

In addition, two projects based outside the countries themselves were supported this year:

Turkmen Initiative for Human Rigths (Vienna), project “Alternative tele- and radio broadcasts for Turkmenistan”.

Mulberry Media(Copenhagen), project “Documentary film ‘Massacre in Uzbekistan’”