Legislationline.org provides direct access to international norms and standards relating to specific human dimension issues (see list of topics on left-hand column) as well as to domestic legislation and other documents of relevance to these issues. These data and other information available from the site are intended for lawmakers across the OSCE region.
In March 2014, the ‘hate crime laws’ topic has been updated with relevant, up-to-date legislation for all 57 participating states. The section on hate crime laws was updated through contributions of the ODIHR National Points of Contact on Combating Hate Crimes.
Opinion on Draft Amendments to Ensure Equal Rights and Opportunities for Women and Men in Political Appointments in Ukraine (19 December 2013)
The Opinion, prepared in response to a joint request by the Committee on Human Rights, National Minorities and International Relations of the Ukrainian Parliament and the Equal Opportunities Inter-Faction Union, notes the genuine attempt to introduce provisions to achieve a more balanced representation of women and men in political offices. At the same time, OSCE/ODIHR commented that for these measures to be effective and fully compliant with international gender equality standards, they would benefit from certain revisions and additions, particularly with regard to the proposed gender ratio, as well as in terms of mechanisms to ensure compliance with gender equality requirements and to monitor implementation.
Opinion on the Draft Amendments to the Legal Framework on Preventing and Combating Domestic Violence in Georgia (17 December 2013)
The Opinion, prepared in response to a request by the Chairperson of the Healthcare and Social Issues Committee of the Parliament of Georgia, welcomes Georgia’s efforts to develop a comprehensive legal and institutional framework for preventing domestic violence, protecting victims from abuse, as well as bringing perpetrators to justice. The draft amendments constitute a genuine attempt to make Georgia’s legislation compliant with the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention).
At the same time, the Opinion proposes recommendations to ensure full compliance of the draft amendments with international standards, particularly with regard to the provisions governing criminal liability for committing acts of domestic violence and the procedures and criteria for issuing restrictive and protective orders.
Opinion on the Draft Law of Tunisia Related to the Fight against Terrorism and Prevention of Money Laundering (9 December 2013)
This Opinion was prepared in response to a request from the Ministry of Human Rights and Transitional Justice of the Republic of Tunisia, dated 8 November 2013. The Opinion notes that while it is laudable that the draft Law adopts a comprehensive approach to the fight against terrorism, and money laundering, and even contains a special section on victim support, there are certain gaps and particular provisions that could benefit from improvement. In particular, key definitions are not included, or remain unclear, as do other provisions involving measures that could interfere with human rights and fundamental freedoms. The Opinion puts forward specific recommendations for amendments aimed at enhancing the draft Law’s compliance with relevant international standards.
ODIHR's work on legislative guidelines:
Second edition of the OSCE/ODIHR - Venice Commission Guidelines on Freedom of Peaceful Assembly (2010), endorsed by the Venice Commission in June 2010, was launched by Legislative Support Unit on 4 October 2010 during a side event at the OSCE Review Conference in Warsaw. The Guidelines are designed for practitioners in many sectors: drafters of legislation and those implementing it, as well as those affected by the implementation. Recognizing the great diversity of country contexts, the Guidelines do not attempt to provide ready-made solutions but, rather, to clarify key issues and discuss possible ways to address them.
OSCE/ODIHR - Venice Commission Guidelines on Political Party Regulation
The Guidelines on Political Party Regulation were developed by the OSCE/ODIHR jointly with the Venice Commission through an extensive consultative process, which included two expert meetings and three thematic roundtables on issues such as women's political participation; public funding of political parties and abuse of state resources; and the participation of political parties in elections and the prohibition and dissolution of political parties. The primary goal of the Guidelines is to assist law-makers and practitioners from various OSCE participating States in the crucial matter of ensuring a fair regulation of political parties. Following the adoption of the Guidelines, in September 2011 the OSCE/ODIHR set up an advisory body, the Core Group of Experts on Political Parties, which will assist it in providing expert assistance to OSCE participating States in the review and assessment of political party legislation.
Joint Opinion on the Draft Law Amending the Electoral Legislation of the Republic of MoldovaDate : 24 March 2014 English [0.31 MB]
Joint Opinion on the Draft Law Amending the Electoral Legislation of the Republic of Moldova (in French)Date : 24 March 2014 French [0.44 MB]
Joint Opinion on the Draft Election Code of BulgariaDate : 24 March 2014 English [0.37 MB]
Guidelines on Freedom of Peaceful Assembly (2nd edition) (2010)
Guidelines on Political Party Regulation (2010)
Guidelines on the Implementation of the Law on Freedom of Assembly of the Republic of Azerbaijan (2008)
Preliminary Assessment of the Legislative Process in the Republic of ArmeniaDate : 21 November 2013 English [0.64 MB]
Law Drafting and Legislative Process in the Republic of Serbia: An Assessment (2011)Date : 30 December 2011 English [0.69 MB]
Assessment of the Legislative Process in the Republic of MoldovaDate : 15 September 2010 English [0.61 MB]