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“OSCE, keep going!”
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27 April 2017 - Stephanie Liechtenstein - 0

“OSCE, keep going!”

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) is the only organization on the ground in eastern Ukraine that provides impartial facts about a confusing conflict that has been going on since 2014. During the past three years, the OSCE SMM has performed essential work in a dangerous conflict environment for which it receives far too little attention and recognition. The roughly 600 international, unarmed, civilian OSCE monitors go on patrol daily in the Donbass region to monitor the ceasefire that has been agreed upon in the Minsk Agreements. Last Sunday, such an OSCE patrol ended in a fatal incident.

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How to Train Human Rights Monitors in Ukraine: The ODIHR Way
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21 April 2017 - Marc Van Gool* - 0

How to Train Human Rights Monitors in Ukraine: The ODIHR Way

In 2015 the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) started a multi-year programme to strengthen dialogue among civil society and with key government stakeholders in order to bolster security in Ukraine. The programme itself consists of numerous smaller projects, focusing on human rights, democratization, and tolerance and non-discrimination. This article by guest author Marc Van Gool explores the method that was used by ODIHR to build the capacity of civil society organizations in Ukraine to monitor human rights.

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“The best prevention against radicalization is to create a sense of belonging to a community”
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14 April 2017 - Stephanie Liechtenstein - 0

“The best prevention against radicalization is to create a sense of belonging to a community”

The fight against radicalization, especially among young people, was defined as a top priority by the 2017 Austrian OSCE Chairmanship. In this context, a series of workshops will be held throughout the OSCE region to strengthen capacities among experts working on anti-radicalization initiatives. In addition, Professor Neumann was appointed as the OSCE Special Representative on the Fight against Radicalization by the Austrian Chairmanship in 2017. He has been tasked with preparing a report on best practices within the OSCE region to counter violent extremism and radicalization that lead to terrorism. He will present his report to the OSCE Ministerial Council, to be held in Vienna in December. In this interview, Professor Neumann, who teaches security studies at the Department of War Studies at King's College London, talks about his work and provides insights into why people become radicalized. In his view, the best prevention against radicalization is to create a "sense of belonging" to a community and society. He also stresses that the best way for an ordinary person to counter terrorism is by not allowing this phenomenon to polarize our societies.

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Prince of Wales attends talks at the OSCE
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6 April 2017 - Stephanie Liechtenstein - 0

Prince of Wales attends talks at the OSCE

Today HRH, the Prince of Wales, attended talks at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna. Prince Charles was officially greeted by the OSCE Secretary General, Lamberto Zannier, at the Hofburg, the former imperial palace in Vienna, where the OSCE has its headquarters.The Prince of Wales afterwards attended OSCE roundtable talks on the topics of combating trafficking in human beings, as well as on freedom of religion and belief. 

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Interview with Ambassador Štefan Füle
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17 March 2017 - Stephanie Liechtenstein - 0

Interview with Ambassador Štefan Füle

Ambassador Štefan Füle from the Czech Republic is candidate for the post of OSCE Secretary General. In this interview, he provides his views on the mandate of the Secretary General, highlights important aspects of his own career, and speaks about the role of the OSCE in the next few years.

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Interview with Ambassador Thomas Greminger
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17 March 2017 - Stephanie Liechtenstein - 0

Interview with Ambassador Thomas Greminger

Ambassador Thomas Greminger from Switzerland is candidate for the post of OSCE Secretary General. In this interview, he provides his views on the mandate of the Secretary General, highlights important aspects of his own career, and speaks about the role of the OSCE in the next few years.

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