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08-10-2010

ECMI participates in the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Annual Human Dimension Implementation review in Warsaw on National Minorities, Roma and Tolerance

On 6-7 October, in the 2nd part of the review, special sessions of the Meeting are devoted to national minorities, Roma issues and tolerance. These sessions are of particular interest to ECMI, as they present the statements of the OSCE participating States reflecting their commitments at the same time including the NGOs in the debate. The OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities (HCNM), a unique institution established by the OSCE, will be moderating the session on national minorities. A special review of the situation of Roma, also relating to the events of Roma expulsion from several states is planned. In addition, a session on the OSCE field activities through the OSCE presences in the regions will share the experiences and the lessons learnt from the conflict prevention and the democratization work.

ECMI with its accumulated knowledge of practice-oriented research and action in minority accommodation cooperates with the office of the HCNM. ECMI has a special focus on Roma and its inclusion, as the largest transnational minority group in Europe, functioning as methodological advisory to the Roma Decade, a special programme aiming at positive and non-discriminatory Roma integration.

ECMI engages as advisory to the governments in Europe and beyond on minority governance, political participation, language and culture diversity enhancement, post conflict reconciliation and other issues, through its Training and Technical Assistance Unit. The research clusters of Conflict & Security, Justice & Governance, Politics & Society, Culture & Diversity provide inputs and expertise to the advisory activities.

HDIM is a recurrent annual activity of the OSCE to review the participating States’ political commitments. It takes place in Warsaw, where the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) is based, monitoring elections, human rights and freedoms.

For references see www.osce.org/hcnm or www.osce.org/odihr or www.romadecade.org.

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Place and Date: Warsaw, 06-07 October 2010
For further information, please contact: Ewa Chylinski, Chylinski@ecmi.de

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