Council of Europe
The main function of the Council of Europe is to enhance the power of democracy, the rule of law, and human rights in its 40 states. The Council of Europe has set down common principles for the protection of minorities.
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Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe OSCE
OSCE, a pan-European organisation, addresses a wide range of security issues including preventive diplomacy, confidence and security building measures, human rights, economic security, arms control and election monitoring. There are direct links here to the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and to the High Commissioner on National Minorities (HCNM).
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High Commisioner on National Minorities / OSCE
The full text of the Hague Recommendations on Educational Rights of National Minorities and the Oslo Recommendations regarding the linguistic rights of national minorities can be found here, in many languages, as well as the full text of other highly useful recommendations. The full text of the High Commissioner's speeches can also be found here. Highly recommended.
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refworld / UNHCR
This is a reference portal of selected information sources dealing with refugee, asylum, human rights and related topics. Highly recommended.
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Development and Transition Newsletter
A free quarterly newsletter focusing on Eastern Europe and Eurasia, available in English and in Russian. A recent article was 'Democracy promotion and protection in theory and practice', by Philippe C. Schmittler (December 2009). Produced by the LSE in conjunction with the UNDP.
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Center for European Integration Strategies (CEIS)
The core mission of the Center for European Integration Strategies (CEIS) is to monitor, analyze, and advise on processes of state-building, democratization, regional cooperation, and European integration in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the countries of the Western Balkans. In its work CEIS will rely on a network of academics, analysts, and journalists established and fostered in past years by its predecessor organization. Their professional expertise is reflected and further developed through the future activities of the CEIS.
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The European Union is a union of 27 independent states founded to enhance socioeconomic and political cooperation. Basic information, press releases, and information about the various institutions and bodies of the European Union can be found here.
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