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Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is the world's largest regional security organization with fifty-five participating states from Europe, Central Asia, and North America. It originates from the 1975 Helsinki Final Act agreement establishing a Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE), which aimed to promote comprehensive security through a three-basket approach. Basket one promoted a system of cooperative security within and between OSCE participating states. Basket two primarily focused on economic dimensions. The third basket related to the human security dimension, specifically human rights, and so established the right of CSCE states to interfere in one another's internal affairs to protect human rights. In ...