Chinas' Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and its impact on Human Rights in Eurasia

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May 16, 2022
Subject Fields: 
Human Rights, Chinese History / Studies, Political Science

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and its Impact
on Human Rights Compliance along the 'New Silk Road'

on Monday 16th May 2022 from 9:00 to 17:00h CEST

China's New Silk Road Initiative (Belt and Road Initiative, BRI) has been spinning its logistical and infrastructural web around the world since 2013. Massive infrastructural investments in tracks and roads as well as in the agricultural and energy sector and logistical centers were made in over 50 countries in Eurasia. BRI is a central component of Chinese investment policies across the Eurasian continent and has been largely affected and interrupted by the current war in Ukraine, too.
Overall, China’s involvement and programs affected core public policy areas in over 100 countries in the world, and hence human rights and governance. It has a transformative impact in various directions, triggering on the one side social movements, sometimes protests and on the other, consolidating autocratic regimes and suppression.
Almost a decade after the official launch of BRI, this 2nd workshop will assess the BRI’s political and social implications across the heartland of Eurasia between Europe and China and discuss the impact of the BRI on a wide range of human rights-related topics.

The workshop is co-hosted by the International Political Science Association (IPSA RC 34), the OSCE Academy in Bishkek (, the Center on Governance through Human Rights (, and the Maecenata Foundations’s MENA Study Centre (

The workshop will take place in English. Participation is possible online.
To participate, please register by 13 May, 2022

Dr. Anja Mihr                         Dr. Brigitte Weiffen               Dr. Udo Steinbach
OSCE Academy in Bishkek / IPSA Research Committee 34 MENA Study Centre
HVGP Centre on Governance “Quality of Democracy” / through Human Rights Open University, Milton Keynes

For all technical and organizational matters and any questions, please contact
Viktoria Kaffanke at Maecenata Foundation (

Contact Info: 

Dr. Anja Mihr

Program Director

Center on Governance through Human Rights

HUMBOLDT-VIADRINA Governance Platform
Pariser Platz 6  

D - 10117 Berlin