Good intentions, bad results: How inadequate laws in Central Asia violate human rights


Filed under: Central Asia Development Health HIV Human rights

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 »

Awareness is key: Human rights in Armenia


Filed under: Governance Human rights Social inclusion Social innovation

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?

The time is now: Gender (in)equality in Europe and Central Asia


Filed under: Gender equality Human rights Social inclusion

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 »

HuRiLab: Making human rights and justice programmes innovative – and interactive


Filed under: Governance Human rights Social innovation

With HuRiLab 2.0, anyone interested in shaping human rights and justice programmes can now have their say. Innovation is quickly becoming the buzzword in the human rights and justice world. Just a couple of years ago, the people of Iceland used crowdsourcing to have their pleas for a new constitution heard. And then there’s Innovating… Read more »

Wanted: YOU, to promote human rights and justice


Filed under: Development Development 2.0 Governance Human rights Social inclusion Social innovation

Originally posted on the HuRiLab website It started with a simple but profoundly daunting question from a young student named Maimuna who I met at the Tashkent Social Enterprise for Employment of Persons with Disabilities during a recent visit to Uzbekistan. She asked me about the United Nations and its functions. I tried to explain… Read more »

Development challenges in the Western Balkans and Turkey


Filed under: Development Governance Peace and security Poverty Social inclusion

I recently joined discussions on the European Union’s next phase of the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (2014 to 2020), and got to talking about how countries in the Western Balkans and Turkey have led their own transitions, underpinned by reforms they are conducting in line with European Union (EU) aspirations. Advances and reforms on all… Read more »