Institutionally blind? International organisations and human rights abuses in the former Soviet Union
Publisher: Foreign Policy Centre, United Kingdom
Gubad Ibadoglu of the Economic Research Center contributed to this report, which highlights the need to improve transparency and public understanding around how delegations to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly (OSCE PA) operate, looking at the reasons why politicians overlook human rights concerns.
The publication looks at ways make the delegations more attractive to ambitious politicians and better integrate their work into policy-making. It also notes how the CIS Parliamentary Assembly imitates the practices of PACE and the OSCE PA, while acting as rubber stamp for their regimes and giving credence to flawed elections.
Ibadoglu, whose Baku-based think tank has been subject to governmental harassment, wrote a chapter for the report called “Examining the implementation of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative in Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan.” His report concludes that the initiative has failed to ensure that countries that adopt it respect free and effective equal participation by society in the process.
Institutionally blind? assesses the shift in EU policy away from ‘values promotion’ towards a more traditional focus on economic opportunities and regional security. However, it shows that for the most part the European Parliament (EP) has pushed to keep human rights on the agenda and it has a key role to play in the ratification of EU Agreements that must not be ignored.