DOCUMENT

OF THE COPENHAGEN MEETING OF THE

CONFERENCE ON THE HUMAN DIMENSION OF THE CSCE

Copenhagen, 29 June 1990

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(4) They confirm that they will respect each other’s right freely to choose and develop, in accordance with international human rights standards, their political, social, economic and cultural systems. In exercising this right, they will ensure that their laws, regulations, practices and policies conform with their obligations under international law and are brought into harmony with the provisions of the Declaration on Principles and other CSCE commitments.

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(5.8) - legislation, adopted at the end of a public procedure, and regulations will be published, that being the condition for their applicability.

Those texts will be accessible to everyone;

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III

(26) The participating States recognize that vigorous democracy depends on the existence as an integral part of national life of democratic values and practices as well as an extensive range of democratic institutions.

They will therefore encourage, facilitate and, where appropriate, support practical co-operative endeavours and the sharing of information, ideas and expertise among themselves and by direct contacts and co-operation between individuals, groups and organizations in areas including the following:

- constitutional law, reform and development,

- electoral legislation, administration and observation,

- establishment and management of courts and legal systems,

- the development of an impartial and effective public service where recruitment and advancement are based on a merit system,

- law enforcement,

- local government and decentralization,

- access to information and protection of privacy,

- developing political parties and their role in pluralistic societies,

- free and independent trade unions,

- co-operative movements,

- developing other forms of free associations and public interest groups,

- journalism, independent media, and intellectual and cultural life,

- the teaching of democratic values, institutions and practices in educational institutions and the fostering of an atmosphere of free enquiry.

Such endeavours may cover the range of co-operation encompassed in the human dimension of the CSCE, including training, exchange of information, books and instructional materials, co-operative programmes and projects, academic and professional exchanges and conferences, scholarships, research grants, provision of expertise and advice, business and scientific contacts and programmes.

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