The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe is the world’s largest regional security organization whose 55 participating States span the geographical area from Vancouver to Vladivostok. It has as one of its three main activities the protection of democracy and human rights. (More detail of the background to the organisation is included in the report of the 2005 meeting.
EHF and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) is based in Warsaw, where it holds a two-week annual conference – the ‘Human Dimension Implementation Meeting’ (HDIM) – where representatives of governments and civil society review both the implementation of the OSCE’s Human Dimension commitments and the procedures and mechanisms for monitoring and enhancing compliance with these commitments. OSCE meetings are attended by representatives of the governments of its member states (which include the USA and Canada, while various other non-European countries attend as observers), of a hundred or more NGOs – non-governmental organisations – and of international organisations such as the Council of Europe.
Since 2005 the EHF has attended these annual conferences for relevant sessions and has taken an active part. We have also contributed to other OSCE events and activities, as detailed below. In June 2009 we compiled a list of the recommendations we had submitted over the years, together with the invitations to our side-meetings at OSCE conferences. In 2010 there was an OSCE-wide Review Conference instead of the usual HDIM.
Vera Pegna, who was a board member of EHF until 2006, was our main representative with OSCE from 2006 until 2010 when Hans Christian Cars took over.
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