Remarks by Secretary of State Tillerson to NATO-Ukraine Commission

The OSCE must be able to fulfill its mandate which included monitoring throughout the conflict zone and to the international border. And Russia must understand there is no basis to move forward on the political aspects of the Minsk agreements until there is visible, verifiable, and irreversible improvement in the security situation. Read More»

Russia’s Misuse of Terrorism and Extremism Laws to Restrict the Freedom of Thought, Conscience, Religion or Belief

Mr. Chair, colleagues, let me be clear – the threat to our region from violent extremism and terrorism is real. However, the prosecution of members of peaceful religious minority groups for “extremism” serves only to distract from and undermine our mutual efforts to combat true violent threats. Read More»

Restrictions on the Freedoms of Expression, Association and Peaceful Assembly in the Russian Federation

The Russian people, like people everywhere, deserve a government that supports an open marketplace of ideas, transparent and accountable governance, equal treatment under the law, and the ability to exercise their rights without fear of retribution. Read More»

Ongoing Violations of International Law and Defiance of OSCE Principles and Commitments by the Russian Federation in Ukraine

The surge in violence in eastern Ukraine provides yet another stark reminder of Russia’s ongoing aggression against its neighbor, a conflict Russia initiated and sustains. Over the course of the past week, the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) counted the highest number of explosions by proscribed heavy weapons during the past year, with ... Read More»

Equal Justice: Women Are Making the Legal Profession Fairer and More Equal

“When I decided to pursue a legal career, some people noted how non-female friendly the legal profession is. Somehow, the thought had never occurred to me as a young adult at the time. I was inspired by a popular television drama (featuring a male lawyer) and failed to see why gender would make a difference.  Many years later, having worked ... Read More»

Russian Efforts to Undermine Georgia’s Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity

The United States’ position on Abkhazia and South Ossetia is clear and consistent – both of these regions are integral parts of Georgia. In this context, the United States does not recognize the results of an election conducted illegitimately in Georgian territory without the consent of the Government of Georgia. Read More»

Ongoing Violations of International Law and Defiance of OSCE Commitments by Russia in Ukraine

Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine continues to cost lives every day. More than a million people remain displaced by fighting. The humanitarian crisis has worsened, as shelling periodically cuts off water and power to people living in the Donbas. The economy has been severely damaged. And OSCE monitors continue to face restrictions, harassment, and aggression. Read More»
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