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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.
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The last Arab Summit, held last month in Baghdad, has issued a resolutions warning that Arab countries will review their stances of freeing Middle East from WMD if Helsinki conference failed to achieve goals.
3] The Helsinki Conference entitled `Sustainable Healthcare Financing: New Approaches For Better Outcomes', February 7-8, 2007, will be chaired by Pat Cox.
The first discusses the major significant moments in the final six decades of the Romanian dramatic history including: the Helsinki Conference, the Romanian participation, the evolution of the communist block in the years 1970, the international relations and the peculiar contribution of Pope John Paul II, the role of the civil society, the religious liberty and the regime of cults before 1989.
Iran is a vociferous supporter of the Helsinki conference.
But, whatever the peaceful protestations of the participants at the Helsinki conference, the accelerating threat of nuclear proliferation throughout the region holds out the prospect of disaster.
The OSCE could play a pivotal role, serving, like the Helsinki conference 40 years ago, as a platform to overcome the existing divide, restore trust and rebuild a cooperative approach to common security concerns.
18) British American Security Information Council, Report on the BASIC Istanbul Roundtable, Preparing for the Helsinki conference on a Middle East Nuclear and WMD-free zone, Paul Ingram, moderator, October 25, 2012; www.
23) Civil society groups interested in the welfare of these migrant workers could be called on to participate in dialogues about the MEWMDFZ and even to request observer status at the proposed Helsinki conference.
On November 23, the US announced that the Helsinki conference cannot be convened at this point due to the special conditions in the Middle East.
The Arab countries cooperated fully with the coordinator of the Helsinki conference which was originally slated for 2012, he said, referring to the Arab League decision on backing the efforts geared to rid the region of all weapons of mass destruction (WMDs).
State Department announced that the Helsinki conference, "Cannot be convened because of present conditions in the Middle East and the fact that states in the region have not reached agreement on acceptable conditions for the conference.

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