Human Rights Center of Azerbaijan
The Human Rights Center of Azerbaijan is a registered, non-government, non-partisan organization that was founded in 1993 by free-lance journalist and human rights activist Eldar Zeynalov in response to a rise in political censorship in Azerbaijan. The organization was formed to remedy local and global organizations’ lack of access to information about the human rights situation in the country. The main focus of HRCA’s work is to monitor human rights abuses, including issues of forced migration, prison conditions, and women’s rights, and to publish information bulletins and research reports on specific human rights topics. The organization prepares alternative reports to UN Committees, tracks international litigation, and maintains a human rights library. Special focus of work is on the prison reform and restoration of names of victims of Stalin's repressions in Azerbaijan. Since 2014, when the legislation rejected a foreign funding of NGOs, the HRCA is a volunteer organization. The HRCA is a national branch of OMCT.