At the OSCE: The Week in Review

United States nameplate in the Hofburg Congress Center's Neuer Saal, location of many OSCE Permanent Council sessions. (USOSCE/Colin Peters)

The Week in Review: September 18th to 22nd

Europe’s Largest Human Rights Event Draws to a Close

The OSCE’s cornerstone human rights event, the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM), continued into its second and final week in Warsaw, Poland. This week at the HDIM, the U.S. spoke up for the rights of people belonging to national minorities, co-sponsored an event to keep a spotlight on the abuse of LGBTI persons in Chechnya, met civil society activists working to improve the human rights situation in Turkmenistan, and much more. A summary of U.S. activity at this year’s HDIM can be found here.


OSCE Dialogue on Security Sector Governance and Reform Broadens

On Tuesday, September 19th in Vienna, the OSCE’s Austrian Chairmanship held a conference on strengthening the organization’s work on security sector governance and reform (SSG/R). Topics OSCE States discussed included the role civil society can play in ensuring well-governed, accountable security forces, and how the OSCE’s future SSG/R work can best complement that of other international organizations. The conference was part of an ongoing dialogue on SSG/R in the organization.