Discussion on threats posed by Russia-funded NGOs held at Lithuania’s initiative
On the margins of the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting 2017 on 12 September in Warsaw, Poland, Lithuania and its international partners, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), organised a discussion on threats posed by NGOs that are funded by Russia and other countries.
The purpose of this discussion is to draw attention to the recently increased scale of activities and problems caused by the NGOs that are funded by governments, especially after Russia’s aggression in Ukraine. In addition, the participants of the discussion aim to better understand methods of operation and financing mechanisms, to foresee democratic response measures, also to contribute to the strengthening of civil society and the human rights protection.
The 2-week long OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting brings together more than 1,500 representatives from 57 participating states. It is a platform for the OSCE participating states and other relevant actors to take stock of the implementation of OSCE human dimension commitments.
At the initiative of Lithuania and other countries, another discussion on the situation of Chechnya’s LGBT people is scheduled for 21 September. This discussion seeks to draw attention to the mass persecution of LGBT people in Chechnya and serious human rights violations, as well as to discuss the response of the international community and follow-up actions.
On its own initiative, Lithuania has prepared a joint statement by all EU member countries regarding the OSCE discussion on the implementation of the rule of law. In this document, the European Union criticizes Russia for politicized lawsuits against those Ukrainian citizens, who have refused to recognise the occupation of Crimea. It also criticises the decision of the Russian Constitutional Court that undermines the European Court of Human Rights, as well as Russia’s international obligations.
The OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting in Warsaw is Europe’s largest annual human rights and democracy conference.