OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights


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About OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights

The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) provides support, assistance and expertise to participating States and civil society to promote democracy, rule of law, human rights and tolerance and non-discrimination. ODIHR observes elections, reviews legislation and advises governments on how to develop and sustain democratic institutions. The Office conducts training programmes for government and law-enforcement officials and non-governmental organizations on how to uphold, promote and monitor human rights.

Work area

Research, Education


ODIHR is active throughout the OSCE area in election observation, democratic development, human rights, tolerance and non-discrimination, and rule of law.

Country Offices

Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Russia, Serbia, Montenegro, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan


Founded: 1990
Location (HQ): Poland
Scope: Regional
Focus area: All human rights

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About the author

Ada Hasanagic

Ada Hasanagić is a human rights professional currently working as a researcher at the Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Previously, Ada graduated with honors from the Sarajevo School of Science and Technology and the University of Buckingham in the fields of Political Science and International Relations. Also, she earned a master’s degree in Democracy and Human Rights from the University of Sarajevo and University of Bologna.