Human Dimension

A man with a megaphone leads a protest in central Dublin, 12 November 2011.
A peaceful protest in central Dublin, 12 November 2011, demonstrates the right to freedom of peaceful assembly, which is intrinsic to any democratic society ©OSCE

The OSCE's "human dimension" of security focuses on respect for and the protection of human rights:

The following areas form part of the human dimension of security:

  • commitment to develop and promote democratic structures
  • fair and lawful elections
  • freedom of the media
  • minority rights
  • rule of law
  • tolerance and non-discrimination
  • protection of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights
  • gender issues

During its chairmanship of the OSCE in 2014, Switzerland concentrated on implementing the organisation's existing obligations entered into by the OSCE participating states over the last 40 years. The main focus in particular is on obligations relating to combating torture and protecting human rights. Increasing the involvement of civil society also remains one of Switzerland's key concerns.

Switzerland focused on the implementation of existing commitments relating to the Human Dimension during its Chairmanship of the OSCE in 2014. OSCE Chairmanship comes with obligations and responsibilities. Switzerland dedicated itself to improving the fulfilment of standing OSCE pledges in Switzerland, and also conducted a self-assessment of its performance in office. 

Ambassador Thomas Greminger at a meeting on the refugee issue in his capacity as Chairperson of the Human Dimension Committee
Ambassador Thomas Greminger at a meeting on the refugee issue in his capacity as Chairperson of the Human Dimension Committee. © OSCE