On 23 June 2017, the Human Rights Advisory Board in Kyrgyzstan in cooperation with the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights organised a round table on “Common Efforts of State Bodies and Civil Society for Torture Prevention”, which took place in Osh, Kyrgyzstan. As part of the EU Project “Promotion of Rule of Law in Kyrgyzstan”, the round table aimed at discussing obstacles related to the prevention of torture and at considering the role of state bodies and civil society actors in their efforts to respond to torture allegations not only individually, but also in a coordinated way.
The Kyrgyz President Almasbek Atambajew honored the project consortium represented by team leader Stefanos Kareklas for the successes in the implementation of the EU project Promotion of the respect of Rule of Law with particular emphasis on Transparency and Accountability in Kyrgyzstan. With the support of the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, the BIM on behalf of Austria is part of a consortium of EU Member States led by the German Association for International Cooperation (GIZ). Since 2014 the BIM has been working on strengthening the capacities and efficiency of control and supervisory functions of relevant governmental institutions such as the Public Prosecutor's Office, Parliament, the Ministry of Justice and the Ombudsman.
In 2016, the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights extended its longstanding co-operation with the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) through a framework contract. Its goals are to further root and develop Human Rights, Democracy and Good Governance, as well as Peace Keeping and Conflict Prevention within the work of ADA and the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs.
The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights (BIM), a Consortium Partner of the EU Project “Promotion of Rule of Law in Kyrgyzstan”, has co-organised the international High Level Conference “Istanbul Protocol Implementation: Transforming Regional Experiences into International Norms for Effective Torture Investigation and Documentation” from 21 to 22 September 2016 in Bishkek, the Kyrgyz Republic.
The BIM co-organised three working sessions of the conference dealing with legal aspects of the Istanbul Protocol, an important instrument in the field in investigation and documentation of torture.
Panel Discussion with Petra Dannecker, Manfred Nowak, Hedwig Riegler and Helene Unterguggenberger.
From 14 to 16 June 2016 a delegation from the Kyrgyz Republic visited Riga to learn about the Latvian experiences in strengthening human rights and the rule of law in the framework of criminal law.
The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights (BIM) welcomed a joint delegation of the Kyrgyz Parliament led by Galina Skrikina (MEP and Chair of the Committee for Constitutional Law, Legislature and Human Rights) and the Kyrgyz Ombudsman office, led by Ombudsman Kubatbek Otorbaev, in Vienna.
We cordially invite you to the second panel discussion of the semester: “HUMAN RIGHTS TALK: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: 2nd chance or last chance?” on Wednesday, 25 November 2015 at 19:00 in the Dachgeschoß Juridicum (Schottenbastei 10-16, 1010 Vienna). The event is organized by the Research Centre Human Rights of the University of Vienna and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights in cooperation with the Swiss Embassy in Austria.
After establishing a common basis of trust and cooperation with the Kyrgyz project partners in the EU financed Rule of Law project in Kyrgyzstan, the next steps were taken: In a process based on the human rights based approach (HRBA)* an in-depth analysis of the mandates of the Kyrgyz partner institutions (Ombudsman, Prosecutor’s Office, Parliament, Ministry of Justice), building on the partners’ inputs, has been elaborated during the past months.