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EUROMIL & ODIHR: Role of Military Associations in Protecting Human Rights of Armed Forces Personnel in Central & Eastern Europe

The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the European Organisation of Military Associations (EUROMIL) convened a roundtable meeting on “The Role of Military Associations in Protecting Human Rights of Armed Forces Personnel in Central and Eastern Europe” on 10 September 2014 in Budapest.

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EUROMIL Participated in the OSCE HDIM 2014

EUROMIL participated in the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) 2014, which took place from 22 September to 3 October 2014 in Warsaw.

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NATO Wales Summit

Heads of State and Government of the 28 NATO's member countries met on 4-5 September 2014 in Wales to discuss current and future security challenges.

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LGBT perspectives in the NATO+ Armed Forces

From 30 July to 2 August the 4th NATO LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Working Group took place in Stockholm (Sweden), with the support of the Swedish Minister of Defence and the Swedish armed forces. The aim of this 4th meeting was to focus on efforts to promote acceptance and equality for LGBT people in the armed forces in both NATO and non-NATO countries. The working group also discussed the LGBT Military Index recently published by The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (hcss.nl) and its implications to achieve these goals.

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Military Representation in Italy

Italy is one of the European countries that still deny the right of association to soldiers. Already in 2009, EUROMIL was invited to make a presentation in the Italian Senate on the occasion of the launch of a bill on representation rights for military personnel. The bill was initiated by Senator Roberta Pinotti of the Partito Democratico (PD or “Democratic Party”). Things sometimes change in politics and, in February 2014, Roberta Pinotti became the Italian Minister of Defence. EUROMIL used this opportunity to ask Minister Pinotti about her opinion on the right of association for military personnel now that she is Defence Minister. Unfortunately, we did not receive an answer yet!

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