Our Work in Uzbekistan

The engagement in Uzbekistan builds on our previous training programmes in Central Asia.

In the early 2000s, RWI implemented a number of diverse human rights capacity development activities for participants from the region in cooperation with the OSCE Academy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. These included biannual human rights training courses in 2005-2006, ‘training of trainers’ programme dealing with human rights and project management for representatives of civil society in 2008, and Certificate Programme on Project Management, Human Rights and Conflict Sensitivity for Central Asia and Afghanistan in 2010.

The bilateral engagement with Uzbekistan was initiated by the country’s Academy of the General Prosecutor’s Office. In 2019, the Academy’s representatives met with RWI in Lund to discuss the areas for potential cooperation.  These materialised in 2020 with the support of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), via OSCE Project Coordinator’s office in Uzbekistan.

The main focus of the collaboration is the ‘Human Rights’ specialisation of the Academy’s MA programme.

In 2020, RWI conducted review to finalise the structure of the specialisation and developed the first module on the right to a fair and efficient trial. The first lectures on this subject were delivered to the Academy’s students in 2021, along with interactive exercises such as mock trial. The collaboration also includes workshops on human rights pedagogy for the Academy’s staff as well as development of another module on the rights to liberty and security of a person.

Academy staff at RWI headquarters in Lund, 2019


Zuzana Zalanova

Zuzana Zalanova

Director of the Europe Office

Phone: +46 46 222 12 57
E-mail: zuzana.zalanova@rwi.lu.se

Zuzana has been promoting human rights, good governance, and civic engagement in various capacities in Europe and Central Asia.

Prior to joining RWI’s Europe Office, Zuzana was in charge of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme in Ukraine with focus on civic and youth engagement. She previously coordinated rule of law programmes of the International Development Law Organisation (IDLO) in Mongolia, Central Asia and Eastern Europe, supported regional human rights and justice initiatives of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Europe and Central Asia, and managed the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum, a platform of civil society actors from the EU and Russia. Zuzana holds a BA degree in Political Science, an MA degree in Security Studies, and a joint (BA and MA) degree in International Relations with a specialisation in Non-Profit Management from her studies in the Czech Republic (Charles University, University of Economics) and the United Kingdom (University of Reading).