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.
During the study tour organized by BIM under the EU funded project "Promoting the rule of law in Kyrgyzstan with special emphasis on transparency and accountability", the procedures of the Austrian Parliament and the Ombudsman's Office, the cooperation between them and the human rights situation in Austria were discussed.
On Monday, there was an exchange of views with representatives of Ombudsman, constitutional and human rights committees of the Austrian Parliament. In an in-depth discussion, the work of the committees was presented and questions from the Kyrgyz, but also the Austrian delegation were clarified.
In addition to other seminars, meetings and discussions with the BIM experts Hannes Tretter, Stephanie Krisper, Gerrit Zach and Dmitry Nurumov on respecting the rule of law, the prevention of torture and the role of the Ombudsman in a democratic state, the guests were also hosted by the Austrian Ombudsman Peter Fichtenbauer and his Chief of Cabinet Martina Cerny. After a presentation of the tasks and organizational structure of the Ombudsman, a lively discussion about the challenges of the work of the institutions in Austria and Kyrgyzstan took place. Following this, the delegation traveled to Copenhagen, where it was welcomed by the Danish Institute for Human Rights to present the Danish model.
Further information about the project can be found here.