CSCE Helsinki Summit Decisions
The Helsinki Summit Decisions were approved by Heads of State or Government
of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe on 10 July
12. (...)There is still much work to be done in building democratic
and pluralistic societies, where diversity is fully protected and respected
in practice. Consequently, we reject racial, ethnic and religious discrimination
in any form. Freedom and tolerance must be taught and practised.
IICSCE HIGH COMMISSIONER ON NATIONAL MINORITIES
text version of the Helsinki Summit Decisions can be found on the Internet
site of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.
26. Parties directly concerned in tensions who can provide specific
reports to the High Commissioner and with whom the High Commissioner will
seek to communicate in person during a visit to a participating State are
26b. representatives of associations, nongovernmental organizations,
religious and other groups of national minorities directly concerned and
in the area of tension, which are authorized by the persons belonging to
those national minorities to represent them.
VI THE HUMAN DIMENSION
The participating states...
25. Will continue through unilateral, bilateral and multilateral efforts
to explore further avenues for more effective implementation of their relevant
CSCE commitments, including those related to the protection and the creation
of conditions for the promotion of the ethnic, cultural, linguistic and
religious identity of national minorities;
33. Will consider taking appropriate measures within their constitutional
framework and in conformity with their international obligations to assure
to everyone on their territory protection against discrimination on racial,
ethnic and religious grounds, as well as to protect all individuals, including
foreigners, against acts of violence, including on any of these grounds.
Moreover, they will make full use of their domestic legal processes,
including enforcement of existing laws in this regard;
IX THE CSCE AND REGIONAL AND TRANSFRONTIER COOPERATION
5. Transfrontier co-operation should be as comprehensive as possible,
promoting increased contacts at all levels, including contacts among persons
sharing a common origin, cultural heritage and religious belief.
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