From April 2015 till late January 2016 the Committee will be working
towards Serbia’s compliance with international democratic norms and
human rights standards during the country’s OSCE chairmanship.
The Committee will be monitoring and evaluating the country’s
fulfillment of OSCE Human Dimension standards, as well as
coordinating regional human rights advocacy efforts before the OSCE.
As one of the founding members of the Civic Solidarity Platform
(www.civicsolidarity.org), a network of NGOs from OSCE states that
acts as a watchdog on members’ compliance with human rights
standards, the Committee will organize a series of three regional
workshops that will bring together human rights and accountability
NGOs to build consensus on human rights advocacy priorities to
pursue before OSCE institutions.
Along with the Committee’s report on Serbia’s performance on
implementing five aspects of the OSCE Human Dimension Commitments -
Roma rights, elections, gender equality, freedom of association, and
media freedom - each of the three workshops, bringing together
participants including civil society activists from across the
Western Balkans, representatives of the OSCE and other multilateral
organizations, the Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and
international human rights experts, will play an important role in
preparing the Parallel Civil Society Conference in Belgrade ahead of
the December 2015 OSCE Ministerial Council.