2012 expert forum on criminal justice for C Asia starts in Almaty


2012 expert forum on criminal justice for C Asia starts in AlmatyThe OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, in co-operation with OSCE field operations in Central Asia, is organizing the 2012 Expert Forum on Criminal Justice for Central Asia.

This is the fourth time the Forum is being held, with previous events taking place in 2008 (Zerenda, Kazakhstan), 2009 (Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan) and 2010 (Dushanbe, Tajikistan).

The Forum has emerged as a leading regional platform for professional discussion on criminal justice and judicial reform, human rights in criminal procedure, and harmonization of national legislation with international criminal justice standards.

The event taking place October 29-31 brings together leading policy makers and experts from Central Asia and other OSCE regions to discuss recent reforms, trends and initiatives in the criminal justice sector. The Forum serves as a platform to exchange experiences and expertise between participating States on matters encompassed by the OSCE commitments related to the rule of law, thereby fostering technical dialogue and strengthening constructive ties between professionals, the OSCE Centre in Astana said.