New website for European Human Rights Advocacy Centre

The European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC) has launched their new website to coincide with Human Rights Day 2014. The content of the site is available in both English and Russian and has been designed and built by web agency Fat Beehive who specialise in charity and not-for-profit clients.

In partnership with local NGOs, EHRAC takes cases of human rights violations from the former Soviet Union to the European Court of Human Rights. EHRAC wanted to create a site where the design, layout and content was accessible and informative for general audiences as well as those with a legal background. Audience research undertaken by EHRAC and Fat Beehive showed that potential visitors were looking for a user-friendly site with search facilities for specific resources, particularly in Russian as well as English.

EHRAC will use the site to raise awareness about their casework, including successful judgments and their impact. Highlighting their latest news and events, and featuring profiles of the countries they work in, EHRAC have created a valuable online resource for anyone litigating at the European Court of Human Rights, studying human rights law, or for those interested in learning about human rights in the former Soviet Union.

The biggest asset of the site is the new comprehensive resource library. This catalogues the summaries of European Court cases written by EHRAC, along with decisions, legal publications and other training resources. Users can search via categorisation of the resources, helping the user with specific topics such as prohibition of discrimination, freedom of assembly and association, or women’s rights – to name but a few. The majority of content is translated into Russian, and this will increase in the coming months.

Prof. Philip Leach, Director of EHRAC , said “We are excited to showcase our new website, which is the culmination of many months of work, and is a testimony to the success and impact we have had over the past decade in support of victims of human rights violations.

We hope it will raise the profile of EHRAC and what we stand for, as well as serving as a vital resource for anyone working on, or researching human rights in the former Soviet Union and the European Court mechanism.”

Tom Moreton, MD of Fat Beehive, said

“Fat Beehive has worked closely with EHRAC to provide a comprehensive online resource which meets the needs of their users and reach out to potential new supporters. But more importantly for us, we’ve given the EHRAC team the tools to be able to easily update the site’s content to make sure the site stays as fresh and as focused as the day it was launched.”

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