London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Human Rights Defenders

Funding Organisation: Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Duration: 26th April to the 28th April 2007
HRSJ was commissioned by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, via the British Embassy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, to design and deliver a three-day human rights training programme, for Uzbek human rights defenders (HRDs).
Many of the HRDs who attended the course, work in human rights non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and are living and working in an increasingly tense and restrictive climate in Uzbekistan.
The purpose of the training was to increase the awareness of human rights legal instruments applicable in Uzbekistan, including specific understanding of key human rights thematic areas, such as increased awareness of the UN, OSCE and other mechanisms available for addressing human rights abuses, increase in knowledge of available human rights networks, techniques and indicators useful for appropriate monitoring of human rights, diplomatic skills in human rights work, skills for assessing security risks and sharpening report writing skills for varying audiences.
The HRSJ team comprised of Philip Leach and Karen Bennett (HRSJ), Douwe Korff (LGIR), Bill Bowring (Birkbeck College), Linda Regan and Liz Kelly (CWASU) and Natalia Prilutskaya (Kemerovo State University), as well as external experts including Maisy Weicherding from Amnesty International, Tom Porteous and Benjamin Ward from Human Rights Watch, Eric Metcalfe from Justice, Steven Murdoch from Cambridge University, and Ian Brown from University College London.
The programme also included meetings with the BBC, NGOs such as REDRESS and Frontline Defenders and Ann Clwyd MP the Chair of the Parliamentary Human Rights Group.
Please see HRSJ Research Institute Annual Report 2006/2007 for more details.


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