The final declaration of the first Summit in 11 years of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the “Astana Commemorative Declaration, Towards a Common Security”, released on Sunday, December 5th, places the dignity of the individual and religious freedom and belief at the heart of the solution to global security. Coming at the end of a comprehensive review process, including three preparatory conferences in Vienna, Warsaw and Astana, the OSCE Summit in Astana saw Heads of Government or their representatives from the 56 Participating States gathered to highlight the need to guard the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all people.

“Free expression and free media provide the cornerstone for liberty, democracy and security among our nations”, said OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovi? at the OSCE Review Conference on Nov 28th leading up to the Summit. “Our goal is MORE freedom, not LESS freedom of expression and media.”

[…]  Mario Bergner of Redeemed Lives highlighted the growing danger of restricting religious freedom in the area of sexuality saying that the “over-broad application of hate-speech laws have begun to curtail the fundamental freedoms of Christian clerics, academicians, therapists and university students to apply the morality of their faith to the subject of homosexuality.”

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