2014 22/01

The Human Rights Center “Viasna” joined the International Civil Initiative for the OSCE to establish a mechanism of rapid response to the violent breakup of mass events and signed a corresponding appeal.

For the last three years human rights activists note in the OSCE region an inactivity of international organizations in question of response to mass protests. In this regard, the International Civil Initiative for the OSCE calls for the establishment of the OSCE special mechanism to respond quickly to such events.

Today, the attention of many of us is once again focused on the Ukraine, where there are confrontations in the streets of Kiev. Unfortunately, the worst-case scenarios come true there – with practical inaction of international organizations, including the OSCE, the mandate of which in theory should include responding to such situations. It turns out that there are no specific response mechanisms, and there is also no political will for such a response.

Over the past three years in the OSCE region there have been several violent break ups of mass public events, among them were those that were accompanied by confrontation between protesters and police forces, as well as mass arrests in April 2010 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, in December 2010 in Minsk, Belarus, in December 2011 in Zhanaozen, Kazakhstan, in May 2012 in Moscow, Russia, in May-August 2013 in Istanbul and other Turkish cities, and finally, at the moment in Kiev, Ukraine.

As a result of these events a large number of injured, and in some cases victims appeared. Question the safety of citizens in recent years in the OSCE region is associated not only with the military confrontation, but also with massive use of force against protesters, or with confrontation between them and the law enforcement forces, – tells the human rights website lawtrend.org

Members of the International Civil Initiative for the OSCE offer to establish within the OSCE a special mechanism to respond quickly to such situations, which could:

– Gather groups of observers, both from staff and representatives of international organizations, as well as from civil society experts;

– Organize a long-term monitoring of conflict and crisis situations;

– Deal with mediation between the various parties of the conflict;

– Perform other functions aimed at reducing the negative consequences and prevention of violations of fundamental human rights and freedoms in such situations.

Such a mechanism should be activated within 2-3 days, and have a mandate to provide a rapid development in the case of crisis.

If you support the International Civil Initiative for the OSCE and want to join the Appeal, send your email with the text of the Appeals and contacts of your organization to solidarity-actions@hrgroups.org.

The full text of the Appeal is available here.

Quoting lawtrend.org
Prepared by Ales LETA
Belarusian Legal Portal

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