HCNMHigh Commissioner on National Minorities (OSCE)
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23) The most well-known successful example of preventive action of the HCNM took place in Ukraine in the beginning of 1990's, when then-HCNM Max van der Stoel actively contributed to reducing tensions between the community of Crimean Tatars and the government of Ukraine.
For instance, a body like the Economic Forum, included in the first category, seems to have less powers and decision-making capacity than the ODIHR, or the HCNM, institutions which can activate mechanisms based on their own mandate, or provided to them by international agreements.
The success of the HCNM led the OSCE in 1997 to establish the post of Representative on Freedom of the Media ("Representative") in order to address "serious problems caused by, inter alia, obstruction of media activities and unfavourable working conditions for journalists.
The HCNM also calls for proper financing of local institutions.
Here the CSCE, through both the HCNM and the missions, must be given primary credit among the various external actors concerned for keeping ethnic tensions from escalating to true crisis proportions.
In these meetings, the HCNM highlighted the need to depoliticize language issues and to find a balanced approach towards inclusiveness, particularly in the field of education.
We encourage the HCNM and the ODIHR to use all assets at their disposal and closely monitor the situation, in particular the implementation of the recommendations contained in the 2015 HRAM Report on Crimea.
Baltabaev Abdivali, the Head of the Osh City Education Department, said: "We appreciate the support of the OSCE Centre and the HCNM, and believe that this publication will help to raise children in a tolerant and mutually respectful society in Kyrgyzstan".
Marc Fumagalli, HCNM senior advisor, added that this event underlined the HCNMs efforts to promote national minorities right to learn and use their mother tongues as a way to preserve their identity while also highlighting the role of the state language as a tool for the integration of diverse societies.
The conference reviewed progress under the Inter-State Dialogue on Social Integration and National Minority Education in Central Asia, launched with the support of the OSCE HCNM in November 2006 in Tashkent.