The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe produced this charter in Istanbul, Turkey on November 19, 1999.
The press release from the OSCE stated, "The Charter takes a number of important steps toward strengthening the OSCE's ability to prevent conflicts as well as its capacity to settle conflicts and rehabilitate societies ravaged by war and destruction.
The Charter for European Security lists a number of challenges to OSCE participating States, such as armed conflicts, international terrorism, organized crime, economic and environmental problems. It reaffirms the full adherence of all participating States to previous OSCE documents, which represent their common commitments.
Human rights, including the rights of national minorities, form an important part of the Charter. The participating States reject any policy of ethnic cleansing or mass expulsion and reaffirm their commitment to respect the rights of asylum seekers. They pledge to undertake measures to eliminate all forms of discrimination against women and to end all forms of trafficking in human beings."