OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities
Conflict prevention and resolution
The OSCE established the High Commissioner on National Minorities to strengthen its early warning and conflict prevention capabilities. The High Commissioner is involved at the earliest possible stage in participating States where inter-ethnic tensions could lead to conflict. A society can be divided by factors related to ethnicity, religion or language, or a combination. If social cohesion is hampered, divisions can lead to tensions and even conflict. Minorities may face obstacles in participating in the socio-economic or political life of the country. The High Commissioner also works on long-term conflict prevention activities, including addressing the protection and promotion of minority rights, and providing advice and recommendations on how to maintain a stable multi-ethnic State.