From 11 to 22 September 2017, Warsaw, Poland, will host the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), which is Europe’s major annual human rights and democracy conference. The event brings together representatives from competent institutions and civil society organisations from OSCE participating States, who will take stock of the implementation of OSCE human dimension commitments made by the governments in the field of human rights, fundamental freedoms, democracy, tolerance and non-discrimination.
The Latvian delegation at the conference will be headed by Bahtijors Hasans, the Ambassador of Latvia to the United Nations, the OSCE and other international organisations in Vienna.
Besides working sessions on specific topics, the conference will include about 100 side events – independent panel discussions on various themes, organised by OSCE institutions and participating States, as well as civil society organisations.
On 13 September, the Latvian delegation together with the Norwegian delegation will hold a discussion on empowerment of women and youth as means of preventing radical extremism in Central Asia, with a special focus on Latvia’s contribution to addressing the problem.
Human rights experts and members of non-governmental organisations from Latvia, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, as well as representatives from an independent research centre, the International Crisis Group, will share their experience of working in that field. The discussion is organised as one of the events in the public diplomacy programme dedicated to Latvia’s centenary.
Further information on participation in the event and relevant documents are available on the OSCE ODIHR website at: www.osce.org/odihr/hdim_2017.
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