Human Rights Trends in the OSCE Region Discussed on OSCE Parallel Civil Society Conference

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The Civic Solidarity Platform (CSP) –  a network of over 80 human rights NGOs from Europe, the former Soviet Union, and North America – organized the 7th OSCE Parallel Civil Society Conference in Hamburg on 6-7 December 2016, ahead of the annual OSCE Ministerial Council meeting taking place in this city on 8-9 December 2016. The event gathered more than 100 participants with the aim to discuss the concerning trends with human rights in the OSCE region and adopted a set of Civil Society Recommendations to OSCE participating States, institutions, and field offices, as well as the Hamburg Declaration on Protecting Civil Society Space.  The Recommendations include chapters on alarming trends in the human dimension across the OSCE region, the human rights situation in Ukraine, including Crimea and Donbas, key human dimensions issues in Austria in the light of the country’s upcoming OSCE Chairmanship, as well as on migration, freedom of expression, torture and enforced disappearances, human rights in the context of conflicts, and anti-democratic constitutional changes. Read the Hamburg Declaration on Protecting Civil Society Space here, and the Civil Society Recommendations here.

Source: Civic Solidarity

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