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Supplementary Human Dimension Meeting on Freedom of Assembly and Association


8 November 2012, 15:00 - 9 November 2012, 17:30


Hofburg, Vienna

Organized by

Irish Chairmanship and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
An OSCE/ODIHR observer monitors an assembly during the NATO Summit in Chicago, 20 May 2012. (OSCE)

This Supplementary Human Dimension Meeting (SHDM) will provide a forum to exchange views on how the full implementation of the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association can be advanced and protected to encourage inclusive and diverse democratic societies. It will identify challenges faced by OSCE participating States and discuss how they can be addressed effectively ensuring the full enjoyment of these freedoms in line with relevant OSCE commitments. Discussions will also center on how the OSCE, its institutions and field operations can better assist OSCE participating States to meet their obligations on the freedoms of peaceful assembly and association.

The meeting will address the topic through the following three sessions:

  • Freedom of Association: obstacles to the full realization of this right and ways to overcome them;
  • Freedom of Peaceful Assembly: new challenges and opportunities for dialogue;
  • Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and Association: the role of new technologies.

Recommendations made in relation to the above topics during the SHDM may be addressed to participating States, the OSCE at large, OSCE institutions, including the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, OSCE field operations, other inter-governmental organizations, as well as civil society actors in OSCE participating States.

Registration: Online registration will be open to all participants from Monday, 1 October 2012 at: Participants wishing to attend are requested to register by Wednesday, 24 October 2012. Registered participants will be able to collect their badges in the Hofburg Congress Centre, in the main entrance hall as of Thursday, 8 November 2012, from 09:00. Registration during the Meeting will also be available on the spot.

Side Events: the deadline for submission of applications for side events is Wednesday, 31 October 2012. Side events can be organized by participants during lunch breaks or in the evening after the sessions. Organizers of side events are asked to fill out the checklist and send it to Mr. Ireneusz Stepinski at The checklist will be available on the website about one month before the Meeting. The final schedule of side events will be available on this web page by Monday, 29 October 2012.

Contact information:

Substantive content matters: Ms. Nathalie Tagwerker, Deputy Head of the Democratization Department at or 48 22 52 00 695 and Mr. Omer Fisher, Deputy Head of the Human Rights Department at or 48 22 52 00 749.

Organizational matters: Ms. Saida Manieva at or + 48 22 52 00 657

Registration: Ms. Anna Sierant at or + 48 22 52 00 627

Organization of side events: Mr. Ireneusz Stepinski at  or +48 22 52 00 658.