In accordance with the mandate of the Vienna Concluding document, the thirty-five states participating in the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) met in Copenhagen from 5 through 29 June 1990 for the second meeting of the Conference on the Human Dimension (CHD) of the CSCE. The first CHD meeting was held in Paris from 30 May through 23 June 1989, while the third meeting is scheduled ot take place in Moscow from 10 September through 4 October 1991. The meetings of the CHD address a full range of human rights and humanitarian concerns encompassed within the Helsinki process.
At the meeting the U.S objectives for the meeting were largely accomplished. With strong urging, the Secretary of State James A. Baker attended the opening of the Copenhagen Meeting. There was an implementation review of existing CSCE commitments by the United States, along with other delegations. The so called human dimensions mechanism” was established n the Vienna Concluding Document. There were ten private citizens appointed as Public Members to the U.S. delegation. Also representatives of numerous non-governmental organizations (NGOs) attended the meeting and the U.S. delegation worked closely with them and listened to their views and conferences. The U.S. made a strong effort to make the public. The Helsinki Commission played an active role in both the preparations for the Copenhagen Meeting as well as during the meeting. Many proposals introduced last year in Paris were revived or revised for Copenhagen. Finally at the end of the meeting a document was adopted on the base of human rights. It states items such as, democracy and the rule of law, free and fair elections, and human rights and fundamental freedoms, and minority rights.