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Defending human rights and promoting democracy

By Jos Boonstra (19/12/2008) Other publications

This Activity Brief presents the conclusions of the roundtable on Euro-Atlantic approaches towards Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan in the field of democracy and human rights, held in Madrid on Friday 12 December. The meeting was organised by FRIDE and CEPS, with the support of the Human Rights Office of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, and brought together a group of 25 researchers, academics, human rights activists, NGO representatives and Spanish policy-makers.

Over three sessions, the role of the European Union (EU), NATO and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Central Asia was discussed, as well as the current human rights situation in Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Participants touched on a variety of questions going beyond the issues of democracy promotion and human rights and debated the EU’s security and energy relationship with Central Asia. The roundtable took place under the auspices of the EU-Central Asia Monitoring (EUCAM) project.

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Central Asia. South Caucasus. Eastern Europe. The Balkans. EU. NATO. OSCE. Security Sector Reform. Democratisation.

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