Central Asia: New NGO briefing papers on protecting human rights defenders and counteracting torture

Two new briefing notes prepared by IPHR and partner groups highlight challenges facing human rights groups and defenders, as well as problems of torture an ill-treatment in  the five Central Asian countries. The two documents also provide recommendations to the Central Asian states, other OSCE countries, as well as OSCE institutions.

The two briefing notes have been prepared on the occasion of a workshop for Central Asian and Mongolian civil society representatives held in Dushanbe on 20-21 May 2014, in the framework of the 2014 Swiss OSCE chairmanship. This workshop is aimed at discussing how to improve the implementation of human dimension commitments and strengthen civil society’s role and involvement in the OSCE.

Read the briefing note on ensuring protection for human rights defenders and freedom of association in Central Asia. This note is issued by the following Central Asian NGOs:  Kazakhstan International Bureau for Human Rights and Rule of Law, Nota Bene, Turkmen Initiative for Human Rights, the Human Rights Movement Bir Duino – Kyrgyzstan and the International Human Rights Association Fiery Hearts Club together with IPHR.

Read the briefing note on improving efforts to eradicate torture in Central Asia. This note is issued by the NGO Coalitions against Torture in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, Turkmen Initiative for Human Rights, the International Human Rights Association  Fiery Hearts Club, the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights (Poland) and IPHR.