Helsinki Accords

(redirected from Helsinki Final Act)
Also found in: Financial.

Helsinki Accords

[helsing′kē]
a declaration signed by the representatives of 35 member nations of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe in Helsinki, Finland, on August 1, 1975. The declared goals of the nonbinding document comprised four principal aspects of European security: economic cooperation, humanitarian issues, contact between the East and West, and provision for a later follow-up conference (held in Belgrade in 1978). Follow-up conferences were planned in part to allow the member nations to monitor each other's performance on humanitarian issues, such as the right to self-determination of all people and respect for fundamental freedoms, including thought, conscience, and religion or belief, without regard to race, language, sex, or religion. The Helsinki Accords grew from the precedent set by the judgments at the Nuremberg tribunals-that crimes against humanity are offenses subject to criminal prosecution. The principle and the practice of informed consent in health care grew from this precedent. Also called Helsinki Declaration. See also Nuremberg tribunal.
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
c) to promote, preserve and strengthen peace and stability in the regional and international dimensions in accordance with the principles of the United Nations Charter, and of the Helsinki Final Act of 1975 of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe and the objectives of the Charter of Paris for a New Europe of 1990;
In its annexation of Crimea, Russia has "in many ways" violated basic principles of the Helsinki Final Act, including the renunciation of violence and the inviolability of borders, says Wolfgang Zellner, head of the center for OSCE research at the University of Hamburg.
s founding charter of 1945, which set rules to prevent another world war, and the Paris Charter of 1990, which ended the Cold War, as well as the Helsinki Final Act, which enshrined the "respect for sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of all states and their inherent right to choose the means to ensure their own security, the inviolability of borders and peoples' right of self-determination".
Charter, the Helsinki Final Act, and the elements outlined in our presidents' statements over the last five years.
Although not a treaty and not legally binding, the Helsinki Final Act, as the concluding document of the Conference on Security and Cooperation In Europe (CSCE) is known, was a political statement that its signatories pledged to observe.
In six chronologically themed chapters, he offers a thorough investigation of the substantial transformations of West German foreign policy during the period under consideration and the FRG's pivotal involvement in the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe and, subsequently, the Helsinki Final Act of 1975.
1942), that his envoys delivered, Reagan pointed out that "human rights" must "have a central role in our discussion with the Soviets" because "of the importance I attach to the Helsinki Final Act commitments" and "the terrible costs that are being paid by individual human beings," while he considered even more important that "our overall relationship with the Soviets is seriously affected by human rights violations.
The humanitarian issue was included in the Helsinki Final Act, despite the reticence among the Eastern countries.
Participants in the conference, on 9-10 November, will include former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and several signatories of the Helsinki Final Act of 1975.
Document of the Stockholm Conference on Confidence- and Security-Building Measures and Disarmament in Europe (Stockholm Document), 1986: Expands on the notifications and confidence-building measures in the Helsinki Final Act.
Referring to their obligations under the Charter of the United Nations, the Helsinki Final Act, the Charter of Paris for a New Europe,
The following lists of rights are from a September 1, 1980, letter from Pope John Paul II to the heads of state of the nations that signed the Helsinki Final Act (1975), meeting in Madrid.

Full browser ?