Our goals

Our goals are to combat impunity for grave human rights abuses in the North and South Caucasus and to increase knowledge of and promote respect for rights guaranteed by the Russian Constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights, among legal professionals and the general public.

General Policy

To achieve its goals, RJI engages in strategic litigation using international mechanisms of human rights protection, conducts advocacy to encourage meaningful implementation of ECtHR judgments, raises awareness about human rights and their protection and builds capacity of local actors. Since its foundation, the organization has focused on the most serious violations of the European Convention on Human Rights related to armed conflict and to post-conflict transition in the North and South Caucasus: disappearances, extra-judicial killings, torture, unfair trials and property damage. It has recently expanded its mandate to work on cases concerning women’s and children’s rights in family context, as well as protection of civil rights activists and prevention of discrimination. RJI's work has been supported by grants from The Conflict Pool, the Open Society Institute, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugeesthe United Nationals Voluntary Fund for Victims of TortureIKV Pax Christi BelgiumThe Royal Netherlands Ministry of Foreign AffairsThe Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign AffairsCivil Rights Defendersthe Sigrid Rausing Trust and the Oak Foundation.

Members of Governing Board: Names and Functions

The Governing Board is charged with the overall direction and governance of the Russian Justice Initiative. Members of the board lend professional expertise to the organization, assist in fundraising endeavors, and act as a public face for the organization. 

CHAIR: Egbert G.Ch. Wesselink, PAX Netherlands
TREASURER: Ole Solvang, Human Rights Watch
SECRETARY: Viviana Kristevic, Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) 

Compensation Policy

Members of the Board do not receive compensation for their services. Staff receives competitive salaries appropriate for the local environment.

STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL ACTIVITIES 2011

STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL ACTIVITIES 2012

STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL ACTIVITIES 2013

STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL ACTIVITIES 2014

STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL ACTIVITIES 2015