Ecumenical Patriarchate’s Religious Freedom issues presented by Archons Caras and Sisson at annual OSCE Human Rights Conference in Warsaw, Poland
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) convenes its Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) in Warsaw, Poland annually. HDIM is Europe’s largest annual human rights and democracy conference and is a platform for the 57 OSCE participating nation states, international organizations and other relevant actors to take stock of the implementation of the OSCE human dimension commitments.
Since 2005, the Order has sent a delegation to the OSCE meetings, to present to the international community the Turkish Republic’s continuing violations of human rights and religious freedom asphyxiating the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Archons Constantine G. Caras, Esq. and Rocky Sisson represented the Order at this year’s 2018 OSCE Conference in Warsaw.
Archons Caras and Sisson each participated in the assembly on September 10-21, submitted written statements, and presented oral arguments on September 12th detailing the discrimination and impediments to religious freedom faced by the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Turkey today. Many of the 57 participating nation states send ambassadors to the OSCE. The Turkish ambassador to the OSCE, who always attends during presentations by the Order, is offered the opportunity to respond and does so.
Because of the stature that the conference enjoys, the US State Department sends a delegation to monitor the meetings as well. The Archons representing the Order conferred with the participating U.S. State Department representatives, and provided them with the most current information regarding the status of our Ecumenical Patriarchate in Turkey, the major issues, the most recent developments and current documents of the Order.
Archons Caras and Sisson also conferred with the Ambassador of the Greek Republic to the OSCE, and others in attendance who are sympathetic to the Ecumenical Patriarchate.