VIENNA, 13 July 2000 - On 1 August 25 years ago the Final Act of the Conference for Security and Co-operation in Europe (CSCE) was signed in Helsinki. On 19 July, the Austrian Chairmanship of the OSCE will pay tribute to this historic event with a commemorative celebration. Representatives of the media are cordially invited to take part:
WHEN: Wednesday, 19 July 2000
WHERE: Vienna Hofburg, Redoutensaal
Beginning: 2 p.m. Josefsplatz entrance
For accreditation, please bring your OSCE press badge or valid press card. Parking is available for press on Wednesday from 13:30 - 20:00 in the OSCE-reserved parking area on Heldenplatz for those with clearly marked "Presse" signs. Interested media representatives are requested to bring their press credentials with them.
The commemorative celebration will open with a speech by Foreign Minister Benita Ferrero-Waldner, the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office. Mr. Hans-Dietrich Genscher, former Foreign Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany, will deliver the formal address. In recognition of the Helsinki Final Act as a platform for dissidents and civil rights activists in their struggle for freedom and human rights, the commemoration will feature panel discussions on "The Impact of Helsinki 1975 on the Dissidents" and "Civil and Human Rights in the OSCE Area Today."
Exhibit Marking "Twenty-five Years Helsinki Human Rights Movement" to Open in Vienna
As part of the commemorative celebration of the 25th anniversary, the Open Society Archives will open an exhibit of unique documents and photographs portraying the development of the human rights movement in the OSCE region. It will highlight the work of the Helsinki Committees and the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights
The exhibit will be opened at 19.00 by OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Austrian Foreign Minister Benita Ferrero-Waldner and IHF Executive Director Aaron Rhodes at the Austrian National Library on 19 July. The exhibit opens to members of the press accredited to the Commemorative Meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council.