I am deeply saddened by the tragedy Serbia has faced, where a recent mass shooting left five people dead and twenty injured. This event brought to light once again three major but often ignored problems – the large scale availability of illicit firearms, its impact on public safety, and most specifically its impact on intimate… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Human rights and rule of law
Our region has seen countless examples of how development brings a country one step forward, only to have disasters, conflicts and other crises take it two steps back. Whether the armed conflict in Ukraine, the floods in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, or the migration and refugee crisis that has hit Southeast Europe, it’s evident… Read more »
In the Kyrgyz Republic, there are 172,800 people with disabilities – corresponding to 2.9 percent of the population. Out of these, 28,200 are children living in orphanages. The average amount of the monthly benefit is of US$ 35 and represents a significant financial burden on the state.
The threat of violent extremism and terrorist attacks is of increasing concern within the Europe and Central Asia region. Since 1992, the region has seen a total of 6,125 attacks in 1800 locations. At 519 incidents, Turkey’s Istanbul has faced the most attacks – more than twice the next location on the list – Grozny,… Read more »
Around the world people are dying because they refuse to hate. Every day, people are killed because they stand up for tolerance, deny xenophobes, defy racists and counter religious hatred with tolerance, understanding and charity – principles deeply interwoven with some of the world’s great states and great religions. Identity-based hate crime is only the… Read more »
Despite tangible progress in the justice system, the trust of the Kyrgyz citizens to the court system remains very low. A recent survey shows that 51% of the population believe judges are “very corrupt”, with another 37% thinking they are “somewhat corrupt.” It’s the kind of phenomenon that leads to legal nihilism – where people… Read more »
The recent news out of Kosovo has been bleak. The tensions between the ruling coalition and opposition is growing, while public protests against recent agreements with Serbia and Montenegro have turned violent. But let’s take a step back and look at the other side of the story.
Today, as the world celebrates Human Rights Day, the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) is launching a year-long campaign to bring awareness of everyone’s human rights. As the UN Secretary-General stated, “Today we reaffirm our commitment to protecting human rights as the foundation of our work.”
Addressing the past is sometimes the only way to work toward reconciliation. 2014 was a year of major progress in Bosnia and Herzegovina for extending access to justice, free legal aid, and support to enhance the search for missing persons.
The road to justice in Kyrgyzstan is a bumpy one. To receive legal advice or consultation, people need to travel at least five-eight kilometres, on average, and pay about US $25-35 for the service. With salaries averaging at around $380, it is no surprise that many do not seek legal aid; some do not think it… Read more »