From 7 till 11 December the OSCE Academy held online Certificate Training on International Human Rights Regimes and Law in Central Asia led by Prof. Dr. Anja Mihr, DAAD Associate Professor at the Academy, and a Human Rights expert with a vast academic and practical experience in the field. Overall, 16 participants from Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam received an opportunity to be introduced to the genesis, concepts, standards, laws, agreements and treaties of today’s international human rights law and regimes. The Training focused on global UN and regional Human Rights instruments (treaties and declarations) as well as mechanism (committees, commissions and courts) and in particular how the UN human rights regime interplays with regional organizations and actors such as the Council of Europe, the European Union, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the African Union, the Interamerican System and the Arab and Asian Human Rights regimes. Furthermore, participants worked with Civil Society Organizations human rights reports about the different modes of work by governmental and non-governmental actors which are an integral part of today’s human rights regimes around the world and the Sustainable Development Goals in particular.
Participants also benefited from the guest lectures delivered by Gabriel Toggenburg, Policy Coordinator, Fundamental Rights Agency, European Union, Vienna, Austria, Hugh Williamson, Director, Europe & Central Asia Division, Human Rights Watch, Berlin, Germany, Syinat Sultanalieva, Human Rights Watch, Bishkek Office, Kyrgyzstan, and Graziella Pavone, Human Rights Officer, OSCE/ ODIHR, Warsaw, Poland.