GHENADIE BARBA: IF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION IS INACTIVE OR FAILS TO ADDRESS CITIZENS' APPEALS, THE CASES WILL BE CONSIDERED BY ADMINISTRATIVE COURTS
Ghenadie Barba, Chief of Rule of Law Unit at OSCE / ODIHR
– Today's event mission is to promote the reform of administrative courts, which would allow every citizen to defend his or her rights.
Administrative proceedings deal with specific rights that apply to every citizen, including the right to health services, to a quality economy, to social protection. In the cases when public administration fails to address citizens' appeals, an administrative court has the right to examine to study the case and provide the redress. The purpose of this event is to figure out what stage Uzbekistan has reached with its reform of administrative justice, as well as to identify best practices that work effectively in other countries. That is also the purpose of our organization – to identify the best practices and decide which practices work in Uzbekistan and other countries of Central Asia.
We invited experts who have not only knowledge, but also experience in reforming administrative proceedings. We have brought experts from Spain and Austria who have experience with the European Court of Human Rights. I hope that today's presentations will be useful, will give a new understanding of administrative court proceedings and will help determine ways to reform it for the better protection of the rights of citizens.