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Monitoring By The Osce'S Office For Democratic Institutions And Human Rights (Odihr)

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Due to its comprehensive approach to the so-called human dimension (HD), the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) is a unique transatlantic security organisation. Vested with a transformed and expanded mandate to focus on the wide array of human dimension commitments, the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) based in Warsaw has been established as the principle institution within the HD. The OSCE recognises that weak democratic institutions, the lack of rule of law, violations of human rights and flawed elections can lead to conflict, instability and insecurity. The ODIHR is organised into five main sections concentrating on particular programmes: Human Rights; Democratisation; Elections; Tolerance and Non-Discrimination; and Roma and Sinti Issues. Additionally, the ODIHR has been recently mandated by the Permanent Council to focus on the new priorities of terrorism, anti-trafficking, anti- Semitism and discrimination.

Keywords: democratisation department; elections department; human dimension (HD); human rights monitoring; non-discrimination; ODIHR; OSCE



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