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 Press release - THE EURASIA FOUNDATION AWARDS MORE THAN $68,000 in NEW GRANTS for AZERBAIJAN (EF)

 Press release date: 04.04.2002

THE EURASIA FOUNDATION

AZERBAIJAN OFFICE

THE EURASIA FOUNDATION AWARDS MORE THAN $68,000
in NEW GRANTS for AZERBAIJAN

Baku, Azerbaijan (April 5, 2002) - The Eurasia Foundation representative office in Baku has awarded $68,361 in grants to promote civil society development in Azerbaijan. The grant recipients are the RUH Journalists Defense Committee and the Young Specialists' Rights Defense Society.

RUH Journalists Defense Committee ($33,390)
"Institute (Journalism and Law) - New Stage of Democratization of Society"
This grant supports reform in journalism education. The RUH Journalists Defense Committee will create an effective university-level curriculum for legal rights education to help reduce violations against the press. This project includes conducting a range of discussions on educational programs and tools specific to legal management for mass media, officially incorporating manuals into courses for mass media employees and students, and establishing interactive teaching methods for the curriculum.

Young Specialists' Rights Defense Society ($34,971)
"Civil Initiative in Protection of Human Rights"
The Eurasia Foundation has awarded this grant to strengthen civil initiatives that promote human rights as part of its support for increased protection of constitutional rights and civil liberties in Azerbaijan. This project will organize seminars to raise public awareness in the regions, train human rights activists, publish and distribute a book telling citizens about their rights and what to do if these are infringed, and establish a bureau to advise on human rights law.

About the Eurasia Foundation

Privately managed with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development and other sponsors, the Eurasia Foundation has made more than 6,000 grants totaling approximately $116 million in 12 countries of the former Soviet Union since 1993. In Azerbaijan, the Eurasia Foundation supports local initiatives in civil society and private enterprise and has awarded more than $3 million in grants. For more information, please visit http://www.eurasia.org.



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