ODIHR has played an important role in the OSCE reaction to the crisis in and around Ukraine from its outset, beginning with the Human Rights Assessment Mission deployed to the country in March 2014, in co-operation with the OSCE High Commissioner for National Minorities. The Office is actively involved in continuing OSCE efforts to resolve the crisis, including through election observation, further assessment of the human rights situation in the country, monitoring the situation of Roma and Sinti, strengthening dialogue between the government and civil society, and the implementation of a project on promoting security of religious or belief communities and others in Ukraine.
The crisis in and around Ukraine has underlined, once again, the value of the OSCE concept of comprehensive security, which includes the human dimension. ODIHR’s substantial contribution to the OSCE’s response to the crisis through continuing dialogue has underscored its relevance and operational capabilities
Michael Georg Link, ODIHR Director