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 »
Posts Tagged: Human rights and rule of law
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 »
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 »
I have lived and worked in Eastern Europe and Central Asia for most of my professional life. As a human rights lawyer, I am always happy to observe when adequate legal solutions are found, paving the road to progress and development in our region. It is equally difficult for me to see the process in… Read more »
In the ancient Japanese martial art of jujutsu, the attacker never uses full force; rather, he or she exploits the other party’s weakness. The attacker must understand the opponent, calculate their force, appreciate the strengths, and notice the shortcomings. Only then can each move be focused and truly effective.
The Human Rights Lab (HuRiLab) Fellowship programme is a unique opportunity for young people in Europe and Central Asia with a passion for human rights to put their ideas into action. The concept behind HuRiLab is simple: Engage more people in addressing the challenges posed by discrimination and marginalization. But how does it apply to the fellowships?
In 2015, it will be 20 years since the Beijing Platform for Action was adopted at the Fourth World Conference on Women, setting up the agenda for improving women’s participation in both public and private life. 2015 also marks the year when the Millennium Development Goals will expire and a new development framework will be… Read more »
At UNDP we try to look at a situation from all angles. When it comes to the rights of people with disabilities, we like to think about how to answer the tough questions: In Kazakhstan, we designed a mobile app to connect those with hearing and speaking disabilities with emergency services; while in Belarus, we… Read more »
The above photograph was taken several years ago as evidence that a UNDP project was helping ensure a community had safe drinking water. In the picture you can see the women digging a ditch with a ketmen, a traditional shovel-like tool in Uzbekistan. And what are the men doing? They are standing nearby, overseeing the digging…. Read more »