ILGA-Europe’s advocacy at the OSCE

Find in this section resources related to hate crime and information on ILGA-Europe's advocacy work at the OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-orperation in Europe.

ILGA-Europe has made a number of interventions before the participating states, and has been successful in gaining EU Presidency support on the issue. The EU Presidency has called for a supplementary human dimension meeting on sexual orientation as a human rights issue, and made a statement condemning criminalisation of consenting same-sex acts between two adults in two OSCE participating states – Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. In December 2009, the Swedish Presidency also insisted that insist that

“sexual orientation and gender identity” should explicitly be recognised as part of the definition of hate crimes.

OSCE is the largest international organisation of which the Holy See is a full member. ILGA-Europe works towards establishing a dialogue with the Holy See in order to overcome its opposition towards our goals in the OSCE political context.

Contact Katrin Hugendubel, Advocacy Director, or Michael Cerulus, Senior Policy & Programmes Officer.

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The OSCE committed to combating hate crimes

The 17th Ministerial Council of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), which took place on 1 and 2 December 2009 adopted a groundbreaking decision on combating hate crime(OSCE - Decision No. 9/09: Combating Hate Crimes). All participating States agreed on an inclusive definition of its scope, “acknowledging that hate crimes are criminal offences committed with a bias motive”.

Annual Reports on Hate Crime

Find in this section the Annual Reports from the OSCE/ODIHR on hate crimes in the OSCE region.

Events at the OSCE

ILGA-Europe organises or participates in side-events on LGBT rights at the OSCE Human Dimension and Implementation Meetings (HDIM). Find more information on the various events in the OSCE in this section.

ILGA-Europe's submissions to the OSCE-ODIHR Hate Crimes Reports

Find here the ILGA-Europe submissions to the OSCE-ODIHR ate Crimes Report, which is being prepared with member organisations and partner organisations.

Open call for civil society input: OSCE/ODIHR Recommendations for the protection of human rights defenders

Follow up to a series of consultation meetings concerning the OSCE/ODIHR Recommendations on the protection of human rights defenders, this Open Call for input is reaching out to human rights defenders who could not participate in the meetings themselves and give them an opportunity to contribute to this process. Deadline for input: 20 December.


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