Europe-South Asia Exchange on Supranational (Regional) Policies and Instruments for the Promotion of Human Rights and the Management of Minority Issues
Human rights, and especially minority rights, have a clear supranational dimension both in Europe and in South Asia. Europe has made wide use of the mechanisms and soft law approaches developed and implemented at regional level by the OSCE, the Council of Europe and the European Union. In South Asia there is a long tradition of study and robust experience in the field of cultural, religious, linguistic and ethnic management, including the gender dimension, within national boundaries (India in particular). However, it is only recently that some albeit limited attempts have been made to enhance regional cooperation on these very sensitive issues. Studies carried out by South Asian scholars have created the knowledge base underlying the first rudimentary attempts by the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and the foresight initiatives of human rights NGOs and activists.
The overall objective of EURASIA-Net was to enhance the requisite knowledge-base for new policies and instruments to reduce ethnic-religious conflicts and to foster stability and security in South Asia. Achievements in this area were likely to create a favourable environment for cooperation with Europe and to contribute to repositioning Europe as a pro-active political interlocutor.
The European-Asia Exchange Project on Experiences of the Politics of Recognition (EIDHR-Programme 2003-2006) finalized in 2007, explored with representatives of South Asian minority and indigenous groups as to what extent and how their rights and freedoms and interests can be protected and realised by means of self-government arrangements including forms of substantive autonomy based on evolving juridical and political ideas of shared sovereignty. The follow-up project EURASIA-Net had strengthened the network built up in the last decade.
EURASIA-Net has been funded under FP7 SSH-2007-8.2 "Coordination and support actions" (Coordination) by the European Commission. Other topics addressed in this project are "Articulation of rule of law and protection of human rights at national, European and international levels" (SSH-2007-4.2.2) and "Conflicts and Peace" (SSH-2007-4.2.1).
EURASIA-Net links with FP7 projects on Asian studies:
(Dr Günther Rautz member of the project Advisory Board)
In memoriam of Cristina Boglia, Head of Unit of International Relations Dept. and EURASIA-Net Project Manager
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