Brussels Declaration (2006) (excerpts)

BRUSSELS DECLARATION

OF THE OSCE PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY

AND

RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED

AT THE FIFTEENTH ANNUAL SESSION

BRUSSELS, 3 to 7 JULY 2006

STRENGTHENING HUMAN SECURITY IN THE OSCE REGION

CHAPTER I

POLITICAL AFFAIRS AND SECURITY OSCE FIELD OPERATIONS IN SOUTH EASTERN EUROPE

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The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly:

17. Recommends that the OSCE offers itself to the participating States as a leading international actor in the cooperation and coordination of efforts in democratization, institution-building based on the rule of law and combating discrimination against minorities, trafficking in human beings as well as other threats to human security;

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In view of the strengthening of local institutions and local ownership in South Eastern Europe, the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly:

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39. Underscores the importance of a comprehensive approach to trafficking in human beings, comprising the prevention of trafficking, the protection of victims and witnesses and the prosecution of criminals,

40. Encourages the work of the Special Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office on Combating Trafficking in Human Beings and of the Special Representative of the President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly on Human Trafficking Issues;

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With respect to regional cooperation in South Eastern Europe, the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly:

42. Calls upon the countries of the region as well as the OSCE Missions to further increase their efforts in promoting regional cooperation, in particular in the areas of refugee return and return of the displaced population, the fight against organized crime and trafficking in human beings, drugs and weapons;

43. Emphasizes the need for close cooperation with the OSCE at the regional and international levels, in order to combat trafficking in human beings in the countries of origin, the countries of transition and the countries of destination;

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RESOLUTION ON MONITORING OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT IN THE OSCE REGION

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3. Aware that despite the peaceful coexistence of States in the OSCE region, there is still much to be done, especially as regards the observance of human rights and combating human trafficking and anti-Semitism throughout the OSCE region,

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The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly:

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8. Urges the OSCE participating States to ensure that a social progress report is presented to the national parliaments regularly, setting out the government’s action to curb human trafficking and child labour and strengthen press freedom, freedom of opinion, and rights of participation;

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