Development of innovative projects for Rule of Law, Human Rights, and Justice 'HuRiLab Fellowship'
Since 2011, the UNDP Bratislava Regional Centre for Europe and Central Asia has been implementing the project ‘Promoting Human Rights and Access to Justice for Social Inclusion and Legal Empowerment – (PHASE)’ to enhance the capacity of human rights and justice institutions and UNDP Country Offices in the region, including Uzbekistan.
This initiative seeks to promote innovative approaches to programming with a special respect to widening access (physical and virtual) to the services that enable people to secure their voice and participation in the development that affects them. These efforts should contribute to the implementation of the Human Rights Based Approach to development and the agreed human rights recommendations emerging from the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process of the UN Human Rights Council and other international human rights mechanisms. The main objective of this initiative is to develop I4C formats for the UNDP Country Office in Uzbekistan within the existing UPR follow-up and upcoming Rule of Law programmes.
UN agencies in Uzbekistan and National Human Rights Centre of Uzbekistan are working in close cooperation to provide support to the Government of Uzbekistan in developing a National Action Plan on the implementation of UPR recommendations from 2013.
It is expected that this initiative will result in a detailed framework on innovation for communication in local Human Rights Programming that builds on local/ regional lessons learned and experiences, innovative approaches to addressing human rights and justice issues, needs of the focus country and the needs of project beneficiaries.