On September 11, the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) of OSCE participating States, organized by OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) started its work in Warsaw, Poland. Representatives of OSCE participating States, OSCE institutions, and OSCE executive structures, representatives of inter-governmental organizations, legal professionals, representatives of civil society and researchers from 57 participating States took part in discussions.
Taking an active part in discussion on the topic of “Democratic institutions, democracy and elections”, Head of Azerbaijan Institute for Democracy and Human Rights Dr. Ahmad Shahidov assessed the current democratic situation in the South Caucasus and made a report on democratic reforms and elections in the region.
Speaking about the democratic reforms in Azerbaijan and Georgia on the background of socio-political stability, the human rights defender highly appreciated the activity of the citizens during the elections and pointed out that democratic institutions are functioning freely.
Talking about the socio-political situation in Armenia, the Head of AIDHR condemned the official Yerevan’s efforts to break up the democratic camp in the country and noted that Serge Sargsyan’s government had established a dictatorial regime in Armenia.
PS. The Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) of OSCE participating States is Europe’s largest annual human rights and democracy conference. It is organized every year by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) as a platform for the 57 OSCE participating States, the OSCE Partners for Co-operation, OSCE structures, civil society, international organizations and other relevant actors to take stock of the implementation of OSCE human dimension commitments, discuss associated challenges, share good practices and make recommendations for further improvement.