The OSCE Action Plan on Improving the Situation of Roma Within the OSCE Area
The main guidelines for supporting the rights and opportunities of Roma and related communities are found in the Action Plan on Improving the Situation of Roma and Sinti within the OSCE Area, which was adopted in 2003. In this document, the 55 participating States pledged to take steps to ensure that Roma, Sinti and other groups are able to participate in all aspects of public and political life, effectively eliminating the obstacles caused by discrimination.
The ODIHR Contact Point addresses these issues either directly through its programmes or by promoting the establishment of institutional frameworks at local and national levels designed to advise governments and administrations on policy-making on Roma and Sinti affairs. In doing so, the Contact Point co-ordinates closely with other international organizations and NGOs and seeks to involve Roma and Sinti in all its activities.