Europe-South Asia Exchange on Supranational (Regional) Policies and Instruments for the Promotion of Human Rights and the Management of Minority Issues (2008-201)
Human rights, and in particular 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 the 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 within national boundaries (in India in particular). However, it is only recently that some attempts, albeit limited ones, have been made to enhance regional cooperation on these very sensitive issues.
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 are likely to create a favorable environment for cooperation with Europe and to contribute to repositioning Europe as a proactive political interlocutor.
The “European-Asia Exchange Project on Experiences of the Politics of Recognition” (EIDHR-Programme 2003-2006), in collaboration with representatives of South Asian minority and indigenous groups, explored to what extent, and how, South Asian minority and indigenous group rights and interests can be protected and realized through self-government arrangements including forms of substantive autonomy. The follow-up project EURASIA-Net strengthened this network.
EURASIA-Net was funded under FP7 SSH-2007-8.2 "Coordination and support actions" (Coordination) by the European Commission.
EC Research and Innovation - SSH
Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Commission
EURASIA-Net on the FP7 website
In memoriam of Cristina Boglia, Head of Unit of International Relations Dept. and EURASIA-Net Project Manager
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