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Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM), September 26 – 30, 2011 Warsaw, Poland

Helsinki document dated 1992 (Chapter IV) appealed to the increased exposure of OSCE activity and expanded role of NGOs. In point 15 of Chapter IV participating states decided to cooperate in nonofficial meetings among representatives of participating states and NGOs at the OSCE meetings, as well as render support to NGOs arranging seminars on the issues connected with OSCE.

According to this decision NGOs, governments and other participants are offered to organize parallel meetings on HDIM devoted to the corresponding issues selectively.

 

 

In terms of the OSCE’s annual human rights conference, held in Warsaw, freedom of movement was the focus of a special day when the participants examined ways to help states execute their obligations in this sphere. Participants at the two-week OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting said that, while there has been progress in the freedom of movement sphere in recent years, continuing to work toward visa liberalization would deliver further benefits both for individuals and states. Participants focused on the difficulties faced by human rights defenders and journalists in receiving entry permit to some countries to monitor the implementation of human rights commitments and fundamental freedoms, as well as by human rights advocates in leaving their own countries for the same purposes. Discussion was not only on guaranteeing freedom of movement across borders, but also on the ways in which population-registration mechanisms impact on movement within countries.

 

On September 25-30, 2011 ULPA “Internet Association of Kazakhstan” represented b y the vice-president Sabirov Sh. U. participated in theOSCEHuman Dimension Implementation conference in Warsaw (Poland) as the contributor in the section “Freedom of mass media in OSCE region”.
The new platforms rapidly turned into the main alternative public space and engine of mass self-organization. These tools can help todays human rights advocates to achieve their goals and involve the next generations of activists that know digital media and use them as the basic communication and education vehicle.
Human rights NGOs use the new media for the better delivery, reports, promotion and mobilization in such a way that they could together resolve local and transnational obstacles on the road to realization of basic human rights.
At this meeting they focused at several cases of active protection of human rights and democratization by using new mass media. Participating NGOs mainly from NIS region got the opportunity to exchange experience and learn the best practices in combating the general problems in human rights protection in such conditions. All the participants were offered to join the wider discussion. Besides, some discussions were devoted to the reduced freedom in Internet. To attract the efforts of the wide strata of civil society in resolving this problem, the participating NGOs were proposed to represent innovative decisions and new ideas for the discussion that has recently been held mainly by governments and corporations.