MAHRS Opening Ceremony

29 September, 2023
MA in Liberal Arts and Sciences
Specialization in Human Rights and Sustainability Programme (MAHRS)

75th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Central Asia

Symposium & Opening Ceremony
Date: 29 September 2023
Format: Hybrid


The OSCE Academy in Bishkek together with the Global Campus for Human Rights in Venice celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration for Human Rights (UDHR) at the Academy"s opening ceremony for the regional Master Programme in Liberal Arts in Human Rights and Sustainability (MAHRS) in Central Asia on 29th September 2023.

For 75 years, the UDHR has inspired billions of people worldwide to strive for equality, fundamental freedoms and justice. It has been a blueprint for international, national, and local laws in Central Asian countries since independence in 1991. The UDHR  also lays in the foundation of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs).

During the symposium and opening ceremony of MAHRS our international guests from UN, OSCE, EU, academia and civil society will be debating and discussing the global and regional impact of UDHR in Central Asia, the achievements and shortcoming but also the pathways for societies and institutions in  the region to realize and implement international human rights norms and means for sustainable development and growth.

75th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Video

We invite all those interested in this subject matter to register free on joining us either in person or via our webinar link.


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Symposium 75 Years UDHR: Human Rights Achievement and Challenges in Central Asia


Welcoming and Opening
Dr. Indira Satarkulova, Acting Director of the OSCE Academy in Bishkek

Opening Remarks                                                                                                                                                                                      H.E. Ambassador Alexey Rogov, Head of the OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek

 75th UDHR Anniversary Symposium  

Moderation: Prof. Dr. Anja Mihr, MAHRS Programme Supervisor at OSCE Academy in Bishkek

H.E. Manfred Nowak, Secretary General & Professor, Global Campus of Human Rights in Venice

Prof. Dr. Sania Toktogazieva, Associate Professor, American University in Central Asia, Bishkek

Dr. Syinat Sultanalieva, Researcher, Human Rights Watch, Bishkek

Debate & Discussion

Coffee Break

Opening Ceremony of Master’s in Human Rights & Sustainability Programme


Moderation & Introduction: Prof. Dr. Anja Mihr

Prof. Dr. Veronica Gomez, President, Global Campus for Human Rights in Venice, Prof of Law at the                                                              University of San Martin in Buenos Aires, and Judge at the Interamerican Court for Human Rights in Costa Rica

H.E. Marilyn Josefson, Ambassador, EU Delegation in Bishkek

H.E. Antje Kristin Grawe, UN Resident Coordinator, UN Regional Office in Central Asia, Bishkek

H.E. Manfred Nowak, Secretary General, Global Campus for Human Rights in Venice

Mr. Brian Beckman, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy  in Bishkek


17:35                 Buffet (Courtyard catering)

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