International Spring School on Human Security and Good Governance conducted in Tashkent

17 April, 2023

On 16 April 2023, the five-day International Spring School on “Human Rights & Good Governance for Security in Central Asia,” organized by the OSCE Academy in Bishkek in co-operation with the OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek and the Global Campus of Human Rights in Venice with the support of the OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Uzbekistan, was launched in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The school brought together 20 graduates and students of the OSCE Academy and the University of World Economy and Diplomacy in Tashkent. The participants representing France, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, discussed  such topical issues as human rights, security and good governance in Central Asia.

During the opening Prof. Dr. Anja Mihr, DAAD Associate Professor, OSCE Academy in Bishkek & Center on Governance through Human Rights, Berlin and programme chair of the Spring School, emphasized that “the human rights and good governance principles are mutually reinforcing themselves and fundamental for the security, safety, and the wellbeing of people in Central Asia.”

The Head of the Politico-Military Department of OSCE Programme Office Alexander Eliseev underlined the importance “to promote the youth leaders as changes makers who are capable of incredible things…and continue being aspired to acquire new knowledge and skills looking for progress, self-empowerment and growth”.

The Acting Head of Mission, OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Uzbekistan Sergei Sizov welcomed the participants and experts in Tashkent and highlighted that “the human rights and freedoms, democratic values are about respect and acceptance of differing opinions, and the willingness to speak openly and seeking compromise through a dialogue…”

The group of experts from the Global Campus of Human Rights in Venice – Prof. Dr. Manfred Nowak, Secretary General, Prof. Dr. George Ulrich, Academic Director of the Global Campus, and Imke Steinmann, Lecturer at the Global Campus, Nadia Yakhlaf-Lallemand, Head of Human Dimension, OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Uzbekistan, and Dilfuza Kurolova, Human Rights Lawyer and also an alumna of the OSCE Academy will, as well as  Prof. Dr. Anja Mihr, will cover a range of the UN treaties that are ratified by Central Asian states, International Human Rights Law (IHRL) framework and Good Governance Principles, and Democratic Institution building for security and securitization in Central Asia,  and the OSCE comprehensive approach to human security. The participants will, therefore, first discuss and elaborate to what extent Central Asian countries have contributed and complied with good governance and human rights fulfillment and challenges these countries face ahead. Secondly, they will look more specifically at how the implementation and application of international treaties have improved security and securitization among and within the countries of the region.

The Organizers express special gratitude to the OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Uzbekistan for providing support in the organization of the Spring School in Tashkent.


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