NHC criticizes EU High Representative for not raising human rights issues during Central Asian visit
In a statement supported by other Civic Solidarity Platform members, the NHC expresses regret that Baroness Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, did not use her recent visit to Central Asia to raise the human rights challenges in the region. This is particularly disappointing as the EU is about to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for its "advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights".
Baroness Ashton visited Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan between 27 and 30 November 2012, and also attended an EU-Central Asia Ministerial meeting where the Turkmen government was represented. Civic Solidarity Platform members believe the visit should have been used as an opportunity to convey more forcefully an EU message of support for human rights and civil society, explicitly linking progress in these areas to strengthened EU engagement with the Central Asian countries.
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