LIVE: OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting addresses Roma today and tomorrow, watch online
At 10 AM CET today the second week of the OSCE's Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) comes to a close with two days devoted to Romani issues. The live webcast of the meeting is available at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cWS7cst3aUm and will be archived there.
The HDIM is Europe's largest annual human rights and democracy conference, organized by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) as a platform for the 57 OSCE participating States, Partners for Co-operation, OSCE structures, civil society, international organizations and others to be updated on the implementation of the OSCE human dimension commitments, discuss associated challenges, share good practices and make recommendations for further improvement. The meeting began on 21 September and participants have been tweeting about it with the hashtag #HDIM2015.
The first working session of 1 October is dedicated to non-discrimination and tolerance, featuring an update on the implementation of the OSCE's Action Plan on Improving the Situation of Roma and Sinti. In the afternoon the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) will hold a plenary event on Roma and Sinti Youth.
That will be followed by a second working session where the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities will update those assembled on preventing aggressive chauvinism and protecting the rights of persons who are members of national minorities. A side event on Romani and Sinti Women's political participation will be convened by ODIHR, the Permanent Mission of Finland to the OSCE and the Permanent Mission of Romania to the International Organizations in Vienna.
Friday morning's working session will focus on project work. The closing plenary session will feature statements from the participating State delegations, including the "right of reply" to issues raised.
Previous sessions of the meeting have discussed the need for participating States to implement commitments on protecting communities of believers,to place human rights at the center of Europe's migration crisis, and to combat widespread human rights violations in Crimea. On 15 September ODIHR Director Michael Georg Link marked the International Day of Democracy by emphasizing how vital it is that states create environments that enable the work of civil society and its essential role in promoting democratic values.
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