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The discussion on human rights in Moldova and Kazakhstan, reform of INTERPOL at the UN HRC

Between 12 and 14 June, 2017, a delegation of the Open Dialog Foundation and Destination Justice was present at the 35th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. The aim of the visit was to discuss the current human rights and political situation in Moldova and Kazakhstan, as well as the reform of International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL).

The participation of Moldovan and Kazakh civic activists: lawyer and a human rights defender, founder of #NuMaTem – #I’mNotAfraid civil movement, Mrs Ana Ursachi; former Ambassador of Moldova to the United Nations in Geneva, ex-Permanent Representative of Moldova to the Council of Europe and Executive Director of Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly of Moldova, Mr Alexei Tulbure; CEO of the ICT “StarNet” holding, Mr Alexandru Machedon; President of the Open Dialog Foundation, Mrs Lyudmyla Kozlovska; as well as a relative of the Kazakh dissident Mr Mukhtar Ablyazov, Mrs Leila Khrapunova, helped to raise the most urgent human rights cases in both countries, as well as the need to continue the reform of INTERPOL, which is often misused by non-democratic UN member states to persecute their political opponents abroad.

The delegation held a series of bilateral meetings with UN institutions like the the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), as well as the UN member states permanent representations.