A number of laws and policies are in place in Armenia to promote the integration of migrants into society, but more steps could be taken to make further improvements, concludes an assessment prepared by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) in co-operation with the non-governmental organization Migration Policy Group and presented in Yerevan on 23 October 2013.
The assessment notes that opportunities such as the right to apply for permanent residency and to vote in local elections, as well as to hold dual citizenship, aid immigrants and family members who join them in Armenia in integrating.
At the same time, the assessment concludes that the absence of a dedicated anti-discrimination law and an independent agency for promoting equality creates a challenging environment for immigrants. There is also often a lack of targeted state support for immigrants in finding employment, enrolling children in education and participating in political decision-making. […]
Challenges related to the effective application of hate crimes legislation and data collection were the focus of a regional conference organized by the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina that concluded today in Sarajevo.
The conference gathered 50 participants from South-Eastern Europe representing government agencies, judicial institutions and civil society.
"Hate crimes as manifestations of intolerance and prejudice undermine the human rights of individuals, carry the seeds of potential conflict and threaten the basic fabric of any society", Deputy Head of the OSCE Mission to BiH Nina Suomalainen said. "Tackling hate crimes is therefore vital for the stability and security of every country". […]
The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) signed an agreement with the Montenegrin authorities on 29 August 2013 to provide training to Montenegrin law-enforcement officers in recognizing, understanding and investigating hate crimes.
The agreement to implement ODIHR’s "Training Against Hate Crimes for Law Enforcement" (TAHCLE) programme was signed in Danilovgrad, at the Police Academy of Montenegro, by Tanja Tripović, the Academy’s Acting Director, and Ambassador Janez Lenarčič, the Director of ODIHR. The programme will be implemented in close co-operation with the OSCE Mission to Montenegro.
Tripović pointed out that every year, the Police Academy incorporates a new topic into its education and training curriculum. "The signing of the memorandum of understanding today marks our first step in educating and training police officers on how to prevent and combat hate crimes", she said. […]
A comprehensive approach, including education to promote mutual respect and understanding, is necessary to combat intolerance and discrimination, including hate crime, participants said today at the opening of a two-day OSCE conference in Tirana.
The OSCE conference, organized by the Ukrainian OSCE Chairmanship, brought together representatives of governments and civil society organizations focusing on issues of tolerance and non-discrimination from the Organization’s 57 participating States and its Partners for Co-operation.
In his welcoming statement, Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha, told the conference that his country is committed to interfaith harmony and tolerance, which he described as the founding values of Albanian society. […]
Promoting tolerance and non-discrimination is focus of the OSCE High-Level Conference to take place in Tirana from 21 to 22 May, 2013.
The Conference organized by the Ukrainian Chairmanship of the OSCE and hosted by the Government of Albania will look at the implementation of the existing commitments on combating manifestations of discrimination and intolerance, including preventing and responding to hate crimes. Furthermore, it will strive to highlight the powerful role of human rights youth education in promoting mutual understanding and respect for diversity, which belongs to the Ukrainian Chairmanship’s priorities. […]