ENC’s Weekly Spotlight interview with Tinatin Tsertsvadze about the European Union’s role in promoting Human Rights in Central Asia.
Tinatin Tsertsvadze is the International Advocacy Manager for International Partnership for Human Rights, a Brussels-based NGO that works closely together with civil society groups from different countries to raise human rights concerns at the international level and promote respect for the rights of vulnerable communities.
The discussion focused on the status of Human Rights in Central Asia and what the EU, as the sole promoter of internationally accepted norms and values in the region, can do in order to improve the situation on the ground.
The EU is, without doubt, one of the most important actors in Central Asia. However, while it has managed to normalise relations with almost all five states, the EU’s impact on the state of democracy and human rights has been far more limited. Consideration of restrictive legislation for non-governmental organisations is ongoing in a number of countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan). In others the work of non-governmental organisations focusing on human rights or democracy has been made impossible by the authorities (Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan)
Mrs. Tsertsvadze tried to shed light by giving a brief overview of the human rights situation on the ground, by pointing the available tools that the EU has in order to promote dialogue over this “taboo” topic. She also explained why international aid is not effective and how local civil society can be supported effectively by international community.