Delegations of the Public Chamber were not allowed to participate in the OSCE meeting

Poland, as the chair country, and the organizers themselves, “ignored” sent requests and did not specify the reason for such a decision, the chamber said. The organization, which this year is headed by Poland, has withdrawn the accreditation of the delegation. The accreditation was withdrawn when the public had already flown to Vienna

Poland is chairing the OSCE this year. The accreditation was withdrawn only when the delegation from the chamber had already flown to Vienna. The chamber condemned the decision and emphasized that they submitted an application in accordance with all the rules. The Chamber condemned the decision of the organizer of the meeting— OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR). The Civic Chamber noted that they were going to tell colleagues from other countries about the experience of Russian non-governmental organizations (NGOs), whose activities are related to local self-government, freedom of speech and peaceful assembly, as well as about “best practices for developing democratic institutions”; in Russia. The organization emphasized that they had issued accreditation for their representatives in accordance with the rules, and the organizers themselves confirmed their right to participate in the conference. Meeting on the theme “Functioning of democratic institutions in times of crisis” will take place on 16 and 17 May in Vienna.