OSCE and Mediterranean partner countries will meet in Palermo, Italy, to discuss large movements of migrants and refugees

VIENNA/ROME, 19 October 2017 – Representatives of the 57 OSCE participating States, the six OSCE Mediterranean Partners for Co-operation – Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia – and several international organizations will meet in Palermo, Italy, on 24 and 25 October to explore successful co-operative approaches to large movements of migrants and refugees across the Euro-Mediterranean region… Email not …

Defamation penalty in Italy needs to be considered for its effect on free expression, OSCE media representative says

VIENNA, 26 May 2016 – The Italian Senate should consider pending legislation that would increase the maximum penalty to 9 years in jail for criminally defaming elected officials and judges in light of its effect on free expression, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović said today. The current maximum penalty is 6 years. “This initiative is detrimental …

Conditions for applying to the Strasbourg Human Rights Court: changes as of 1 January 2016

Some changes to the conditions for applying to the Court will be entering into force on 1 January 2016. They relate primarily to applications lodged by legal entities and those lodged by applicants who are represented by a lawyer from the outset of the proceedings. Although the amendments are minor, they will entail a change of the application form. As …

OSCE/ODIHR Director Link urges states to recognize serious harm female genital mutilation does to both women and societies at large

WARSAW, 5 February 2016 – Michael Georg Link, Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), today called on OSCE participating States to strengthen their responses to female genital mutilation as a form of violence against girls and women. “In September 2015, at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit, the 193 Member States, including OSCE participating …