WORKSHOP: Uzbek Police Learn to Uphold Int'l Laws Governing Women's Rights

Central Asian Newswire
Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 20:00
Central Asia
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Human Rights
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Training & Workshops

Uzbek police officers on Wednesday attended a seminar on ensuring women's rights are protected.

The Police Academy of Uzbekistan gave a workshop this week set up by the local office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to inform the police that they must uphold international laws that govern the rights of women and encourage their greater participation in the law enforcement institutions.

Twenty-five delegates representing the Uzbek Police Academy and heads of police units of the Ministry of Interior attended the three-day seminar that wound-up Friday in the capital Tashkent.

“Building the capacity of police, in particular in the field of community policing, is essential to ensuring the protection of women's rights and effectively addressing security challenges,” Istvan Venczel, the OSCE project coordinator, said in the organization's press release.

Organizers invited international and local experts to speak to the group on female representation in the police forces.

The speakers referred to national and international standards signed-up to by Uzbekistan during their presentations on the practical application of women's rights both by police and within the police service.

Participants discussed implementation of the National Action Plan on the UN Convention on Eliminating All Forms of Discrimination Against Women in the context of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, the press release said.