The “Center for Information Law and Policy” (Armenia) and the “Young Lawyers Union” (Azerbaijan) were identified as winners in Armenia and Azerbaijan respectively under the regional grant competition “Support to the Adoption of Creative Commons Licensing Framework in the Countries of the South Caucasus”. In July 2008, these two organizations were awarded individual grants to implement a 12-month project in collaboration with the Germany-based Creative Commons International and a team of local experts in Georgia. Overall, the regional project will enable and popularize the legal sharing and reuse of cultural, educational, and scientific works in the countries of the South Caucasus. This will be achieved through offering free and easy-to-use Creative Commons framework to creators, artists, and educators, as well as other internet-based communities in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. The “Center for Information Law and Policy” NGO and its partners in Azerbaijan and Georgia will explore possibilities for implementing a consistent, robust and internationally accepted framework for intellectual property rights for web-based materials, and will eventually adapt Creative Commons framework to conditions in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia respectively. The project will provide for an extensive stakeholder involvement and broad public awareness campaign in each of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. If successful, the program will harness further intellectual activity in the South Caucasus, will potentially provide a newer mechanism for economic activity, and, at the same time, will enhance opportunities for cross-border collaboration among creative communities in the South Caucasus and beyond.
On September 25, 2012, EPF, in cooperation with the Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights, and the Robert Bosch Stiftung organized seminar Georgia and Peaceful Conflict Resolution. Conceptualizing on civil society’s role in peace-building, the seminar took a comprehensive view – looking backward to what civil society has been able to accomplish and forward to post-conflict opportunities. The seminar also capitalized on the potential of both genders to contribute to conflict mitigation and peace building. This one-day event brought together practitioners in the areas of development and conflict transformation to discuss these dynamics and address the most effective process for building peace.
19 September 2012
Eurasia Partnership Foundation is concerned about the facts of torture and inhumane treatment of prisoners in Georgia, which has been once again demonstrated by the video materials released on September 18. Despite the fact that such problems in the penitentiary system have been consistently underscored by the Georgia Public Defender and numerous human rights defender organizations, the Georgian authorities have not had the political will to remedy the situation.
31 July 2012
On March 2, 2012, Eurasia Partnership Foundation (EPF) and Turkish Economic Social Studies Foundation organized an international conference titled “Turkey’s South Caucasus Agenda: Roles of State and Non-State Actors” in Tbilisi, Georgia. The event brought together analysts, diplomats and decision makers from Turkey, Europe and the South Caucasus to discuss Turkey’s role in stabilizing the region both on the level of government engagement and civil society.