Michael Georg Link of Germany assumed his new duties on Tuesday as director of the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).
Beginning his tenure as ODIHR director, Link stressed that OSCE participating States laid the foundation for the Office’s work to protect and promote respect for fundamental freedoms and human rights at the very beginning of the Organization’s history.
“One of the main principles in the Helsinki Final Act of 1975 is that long-term stability, security and prosperity are only possible with the respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, the rule of law and democratic institutions,” he said. “The failure to follow this principle can lead to instability and insecurity, so all participating states have an inherent interest in implementing their commitments in the OSCE’s human dimension.”
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