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Official Statement

05.04.2019

In response to allegations of corruption and discrimination made by a former student earlier this year, the OSCE Academy states the following:

At the request of the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the OSCE Academy in Bishkek, an audit of the OSCE Academy was carried out. A team of auditors from the Office of Internal Oversight (OIO) reviewed the procedures of selection, expulsion, academic processes, as well as the finances and internal controls. The audit did not lead to identifying any indications of corruption or discrimination at the OSCE Academy. Audited financial transactions were found to be traceable, supported by adequate documentation, to correspond to legitimate expenses, and to have been subject to an appropriate level of approval. The decisions taken by the OSCE Academy selection committee are adequately documented, as are the students’ exams and files. Due consideration was given by the OSCE Academy towards balancing national and gender representation, to the extent possible, as part of the admission process. The expulsion processes occasionally initiated by the Academy were based on grounds compliant with the principles set in the Charter, including in the case of the former student.

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