This workshop, organised by the Action against Terrorism Unit, Strategic Police Matters Unit of the OSCE Secretariat and the OSCE Center in Bishkek in co-operation with the Kyrgyz Ministry of the Interior. It aims at promoting the development of partnerships between the Police and civil society mainly through the use of community policing tools, to counter violent extremism and radicalization that lead to terrorism (VERLT) while protecting and promoting human rights and fundamental freedoms.
The workshop targets intermediate level police and civil society experts, as well as advisors and staff from decision-making instances in relevant Ministries.
Participants will review ongoing efforts in Kyrgyzstan and discuss the way ahead in terms of improving the relationship between the Police and civil society, drawing on existing international best practices and human rights standards.
As an outcome, this meeting should result in concrete recommendations to be considered by relevant authorities - mainly the Ministry of Interior and the Police - in developing/adapting their strategies, policies and operational responses to effectively prevent VERLT, in partnership with civil society.
Recommendations may also identify training needs and opportunities for further OSCE support to Kyrgyzstan in counter-terrorism capacity-building and advisory activities for both police and civil society.