Security and Human Rights presents Max van der Stoel issue
In the late 1980s, van der Stoel joined the newly founded Netherlands Helsinki Committee (NHC) as a board member and later as chairman. The NHC publishes Security and Human Rights four times a year. This special issue of SHR was prepared by editors who worked closely with Max van der Stoel, both at the NHC, and at the office of the High Commissioner on National Minorities (HCNM).
In 1992/1993, after a distinguished career as a Dutch politician and diplomat, van der Stoel became the first HCNM for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. He was known as the quiet diplomat operating behind the scenes to prevent conflict and discreetly solve problems. As one observer put it, he kept the dogs from barking. Max van der Stoel was a tireless defender of human rights throughout his distinguished career, including in his capacity as OSCE HCNM.
On 24th October, Mr. Knut Vollebaek, the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities presented the “Max van der Stoel Award” to the Nansen Dialogue Centre Skopje for extraordinary and outstanding achievements in improving the position of national minorities in the OSCE participating States. The award was established in 2001 by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands to honour Max van der Stoel. This years’ award ceremony included a special tribute to van der Stoel, and the launch of the special issue of Security and Human Rights.
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Ms. Emma Oosten
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