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OSCE Parallel Civil Society Conference

Belgrade, 1-2 December 2015

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The Civic Solidarity Platform and the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia organized OSCE Parallel Civil Society Conference. Each year since 2010, the conference is organized on the eve of the OSCE Ministerial Council. It is one of the most important international events of the civil society.

Participants in the conference adopted a document produced by the Civic Solidarity Platform, with recommendations for the improvement of the overall situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the OSCE area. Recommendations are submitted each year to the OSCE Troika. This year, the document was handed over to Ambassador Dejan Šahović, the head of the Serbian OSCE Chairmanship Task Force, Minister Raphael Nägeli, Head of the Swiss OSCE Chairmanship Task Force and Ambassador Eberhard Pohl, the permanent representative of Germany to the OSCE in Vienna. Recommendations were also addressed to the OSCE institutions.

Belgrade Declaration on Freedom of Expression was also presented at the conference, at the panel on countering extremism, hate speech, propaganda, and supporting artistic and online freedoms. OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović stressed the importance of cooperation with the civil society and listed the greatest challenges media representatives in OSCE participating states are faced with.

Panelists also presented the most important conclusions of the self-evaluation report produced by the Serbian CSO Coalition for the monitoring of fulfillment of OSCE commitments in the human dimension. This report is a part of the self-evaluation process of the Serbian OSCE Chairmanship, analyzing elections, rights of Roma, freedom of assembly, gender equality, freedom of expression, rights of national minorities and human rights defenders.

The second day of the conference began with a session on migrations. Representatives of civil society organizations insisted on solidarity and human rights work with refugees on the ground and civil society strategies for a human rights based migration policy. Representatives of ODIHR and German OSCE Chairmanship talked about their activities planned for 2016 in this context. German priorities for 2016 in the human rights area were are promotion of tolerance and nondiscrimination, national minorities, freedom of expression and media freedoms.

Civic Solidarity Platform is one of the most important groups of independent non-governmental organizations from OSCE participating states. More than 80 participants from over 25 countries attended the conference, including representatives of Russia, USA, EU member-states, post-Soviet countries and countries of the Western Balkans. The OSCE Parallel Civil Society Conference 2015 was organized by the Civic Solidarity Platform in collaboration with Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia and and with the support of the Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) the Netherlands Helsinki Committee, Serbian OSCE Chairmanship, the OSCE Mission to Serbia, the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, the OSCE Presence in Albania, the OSCE Mission to Montenegro, the OSCE Mission to Bos¬nia and Herzegovina and the OSCE Mission to Skopje.



























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