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The Activities of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities: January 2008 to December 2008

The Activities of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities: January 2008 to December 2008 Krzysztof Drzewicki and Vincent de Graaf * Th e Activities of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities: January 2008 to December 2008 I. Introduction Th is overview of the activities of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) High Commissioner on National Minorities (HCNM covers the period January  to December . During the reporting period, a number of signifi cant developments occurred within the domestic and international frame- works for minority rights standards and policies that were of particular importance for the HCNM. In the context of a general and continuing deterioration of the rela- tions between the West and the East in the OSCE area, the armed confl ict between Georgia and the Russian Federation was a harsh reminder of the consequences of con- fl icts involving interethnic issues. Other developments such as the declaration of inde- pendence of Kosovo in February  or the increasing tensions between Ukraine and the Russian Federation also had a strong impact on the geopolitical relations within * Prof. Dr Hab. Krzysztof Drzewicki LL.D. (University of Gdańsk) and Vincent de Graaf LL.M. (Cantab.) M.A. (Maastricht University) and Maîtrise en droit (Université Aix- Marseille III) work as, respectively, Senior http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Yearbook of Minority Issues Online Brill

The Activities of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities: January 2008 to December 2008

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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2211-6117
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Krzysztof Drzewicki and Vincent de Graaf * Th e Activities of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities: January 2008 to December 2008 I. Introduction Th is overview of the activities of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) High Commissioner on National Minorities (HCNM covers the period January  to December . During the reporting period, a number of signifi cant developments occurred within the domestic and international frame- works for minority rights standards and policies that were of particular importance for the HCNM. In the context of a general and continuing deterioration of the rela- tions between the West and the East in the OSCE area, the armed confl ict between Georgia and the Russian Federation was a harsh reminder of the consequences of con- fl icts involving interethnic issues. Other developments such as the declaration of inde- pendence of Kosovo in February  or the increasing tensions between Ukraine and the Russian Federation also had a strong impact on the geopolitical relations within * Prof. Dr Hab. Krzysztof Drzewicki LL.D. (University of Gdańsk) and Vincent de Graaf LL.M. (Cantab.) M.A. (Maastricht University) and Maîtrise en droit (Université Aix- Marseille III) work as, respectively, Senior

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European Yearbook of Minority Issues OnlineBrill

Published: Feb 9, 2010

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