CILD has officially joined the Civic Solidarity Platform, a network of human rights organisations working in the OSCE (Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe) area.
The Civic Solidarity Platform brings together over 50 non-government organisations committed to improving the human rights situation in Europe, Eurasia and America – including the numerous national branches of the Helsinki Committee, the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the UK-based Article21. Its aim is to serve as a conduit through which civic activists can build alliances and strengthen mutual support and solidarity on important issues such as the respect for fundamental rights, the fight against any form of racism and discrimination and the protection of human rights advocates.
Last year in December, CILD attended the annual conference in Hamburg and is now the Italian representative for the Platform.
Since Italy is going to lead the OSCE in 2018, working together is now more important than ever to ensure that the Italian government puts human rights at the heart of its national and international political agenda, starting from the issues of shrinking spaces in civil society and the need to protect human rights advocates from the attacks that they suffer on a daily basis.