On the Effectiveness of the OSCE Minority Regime
Comparative Case Studies on Implementation of the Recommendations of the High Commissioner on National Minorities of the OSCE
This paper examines the effectiveness of the OSCE minority regime on the basis of the implementation of the recommendations of the OSCE's High Commissioner on National Minorities. The authors investigate, using comparative case studies, whether and to which degree the High Commissioner's recommendations during the period 1993 to 2000 have been implemented in legislation and in practice with regard to the Russian minorities in Estonia, Latvia and the Ukraine; Hungarian minorities in Romania and Slovakia; and the Albanian minority in Macedonia.The paper also formulates policy recommendations aimed at a better understanding of the possibilities for dealing preventively with ethnopolitical conflict situations and for optimizing the effectiveness of the OSCE minority regime.
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