Institutionally blind? International organisations and human rights abuses in the former Soviet Union
DATE: Tuesday 9th February 2016
VENUE: Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Room, Houses of Parliament, SW1A 0AA
- Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP, Chair, APPG on the Rule of Law and former Attorney General
- Anna Chernova, Senior Regional Policy Coordinator, Middle East/Eurasia, Oxfam
- Further speakers to be confirmed shortly
Chair: Luke Harding, Foreign Correspondent, The Guardian
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This Westminster Seminar will examine the work of a range of international institutions active in the former Soviet Union including the Council of Europe, OSCE, EU,CIS, UN, EITI, Interpol and the international financial institutions, looking at how they respond to the major human rights challenges in the region. It will act as the launch event for a new FPC publication bringing together essays examining these issues from a range of experts.This seminar is the first component of a major new FPC project entitled Exporting Repression, kindly supported by the Open Society Foundations.
Institutionally Blind will explore the ways in which human rights activists and governments from the former Soviet Union region operate within and towards these organisations to promote their own positions and challenge each others narratives. It will examine how Western Governments and parliamentarians engage with and work through these organisations, looking at how their domestic political debates, such as around the UK's relationship with the European Convention on Human Rights, influence the behaviour of authoritarian regimes in the region towards these institutions.
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