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Exploring the Fundament of a New Agent in the Field of Rights Protection: The F(undamental) R(ights) A(gency) in Vienna

Exploring the Fundament of a New Agent in the Field of Rights Protection: The F(undamental)... Gabriel N. Toggenburg* Exploring the Fundament of a New Agent in the Field of Rights Protection: Th e F(undamental) R(ights) A(gency) in Vienna I. Introduction: The European Landscape Europe is concerned about human and minority rights. Th is concern is evidenced by the fact that both the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the Council of Europe are equipped with institutions specialized in the protection of these rights. Half a century ago, the Council of Europe provided for an European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and a supranational European court special- ized in this area of law (the European Court of Human Rights [ECtHR], Strasbourg). Th e fall of the iron curtain brought the protection of human and minority rights to the fore of international attention and allowed for a political climate favouring the estab- lishment of new institutions and mechanisms in this area. In , the OSCE estab- lished the Offi ce for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR, Warsaw). In  the Council of Europe installed the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI, Strasbourg). Th e year  gave birth to a minority-specifi c institution, namely the Offi ce of the High Commissioner http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Yearbook of Minority Issues Online Brill

Exploring the Fundament of a New Agent in the Field of Rights Protection: The F(undamental) R(ights) A(gency) in Vienna

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Gabriel N. Toggenburg* Exploring the Fundament of a New Agent in the Field of Rights Protection: Th e F(undamental) R(ights) A(gency) in Vienna I. Introduction: The European Landscape Europe is concerned about human and minority rights. Th is concern is evidenced by the fact that both the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the Council of Europe are equipped with institutions specialized in the protection of these rights. Half a century ago, the Council of Europe provided for an European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and a supranational European court special- ized in this area of law (the European Court of Human Rights [ECtHR], Strasbourg). Th e fall of the iron curtain brought the protection of human and minority rights to the fore of international attention and allowed for a political climate favouring the estab- lishment of new institutions and mechanisms in this area. In , the OSCE estab- lished the Offi ce for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR, Warsaw). In  the Council of Europe installed the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI, Strasbourg). Th e year  gave birth to a minority-specifi c institution, namely the Offi ce of the High Commissioner

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European Yearbook of Minority Issues OnlineBrill

Published: Feb 9, 2010

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