On 12 October the OSCE Academy organized a conference on “Memory and Transitional Justice in Central Asia and in International comparative Perspective.” The conference was initiated by Prof. Dr. Anja Mihr, DAAD Associate Professor at the OSCE Academy, with the goal to compare different international approaches in dealing with the past with a particular focus on Central Asia. The conference was opened by Dr. Alexander Wolters, Director of the OSCE Academy, and followed by keynote speech from Dr. Anna Kaminsky, Director of the German Federal Foundation for the Study of Communist Dictatorship in East Germany, Berlin, Germany, on “Dealing with the Past and Transitional Justice in Germany and Europe after 1990”.
Further distinguished speakers participating at the conference were: Mr. Erlan Alimbaev, Deputy Ombudsmen for Human Rights of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan; Dr. Sergey Sayapin, Associate Professor, and Dr. Nygment Ibaldildin, both from KIMEP University in Almaty, Kazakhstan; Ms Lilit Dabagian from the Visualizing Memory Project; Ms Tolekan Ismailova from Bir-Duino and Ms Elmira Nogoibaeva from Polis Asia; Ms Alima Tokmergenova from the Cultural Center, Laboratoria Ci, in Bishkek and Dr. David Leuphold, from the University of Michigan and the Center for Middle East and Oriental Studies in Berlin and Mr. Amangeldi Djumabaev from the Soros Foundation in Bishkek.
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