Joint Statement on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms

JOINT STATEMENT ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS As delivered by Ambassador René Dinesen, Permanent Representation of Denmark to the OSCE, at the closing session of the 2018 OSCE Ministerial Council meeting, December 7, 2018, Milan, Italy I have the honor to make this statement on behalf of the following 45 participating States: Albania, Andorra, ...
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Remarks at a Ukraine-Hosted Side Event on Russian Aggression in Crimea and the Sea of Azov

Remarks at the Ukraine-Hosted Side Event at the 2018 OSCE Ministerial Council On Russian Aggression in Crimea, the Kerch Strait, and the Sea of Azov As delivered by Assistant Secretary of State A. Wess Mitchell December 6, 2018 Thank you, Pavlo, for organizing this important event. The past four years of Russian aggression against Ukraine ...
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USA at the 2018 OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release MEDIA NOTE September 7, 2018 U.S. Delegation to the 2018 OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting Ambassador Michael G. Kozak will lead the U.S. delegation to the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), to be held ...
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ASRC – Special Session: Ensuring Security and Stability in Light of Developments with Respect to Ukraine

Annual Security Review Conference Special Session: Ensuring Security and Stability in the OSCE Region in Light of Developments with Respect to Ukraine As delivered by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Harry Kamian Vienna, June 26, 2018 My colleague Kurt Volker has compellingly described the increasingly devastating human crisis on the ground in Ukraine. I will add only ...
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On the 5+2 Transnistrian Settlement Process

Statement on the 5+2 Transnistrian Settlement Process As delivered by Political Counselor Gregory Macris to the Permanent Council, Vienna June 14, 2018 The United States joins others today in welcoming substantive progress in the Transnistrian Settlement Process, endorsed at the recent round of 5+2 talks held in Rome May 29-30. As an observer to the ...
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Russia’s Ongoing Violations in Ukraine

Ongoing Violations of International Law and Defiance of OSCE Principles and Commitments by the Russian Federation in Ukraine As delivered by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Harry Kamian to the Permanent Council, Vienna June 14, 2018 Mr. Chair, intense fighting near the Donetsk Filtration Station led to a temporary suspension of its operations last week, jeopardizing the ...
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Response to UNHCR and the IOM

Response to the addresses to the Permanent Council by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Assistant High Commissioner for Protection Volker Türk and International Organization for Migration (IOM) Senior Regional Advisor for Europe and Central Asia Manfred Profazi.
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U.S. Implementation, Oversight and Enforcement of the EU-U.S. & Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Frameworks

May 1, 2018: From January 2017 through May 2018, the U.S. Government has taken action to support the EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Frameworks. These measures enhance privacy protections for EU and Swiss individuals, while ensuring that American and European businesses can count on the Privacy Shield to deliver innovative products and services across the Atlantic. ...
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At the OSCE: The Week in Review

The Week in Review: January 22nd to January 26th Economic and Environmental Forum: The Digital Economy and Security The link between the digital economy and security was the focus of this year’s first conference in the 2018 Economic and Environmental Forum (EEF) cycle in Vienna on Monday and Tuesday. We see great opportunity for collaboration on ...
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On Russia’s Ongoing Violations in Ukraine

Ongoing Violations of International Law and Defiance of OSCE Principles and Commitments by the Russian Federation in Ukraine As delivered by Deputy Political Counselor Darren Perdue to the Permanent Council, Vienna November 16, 2017 Thank you, Mr. Chair. The conflict in the Donbas seems to have returned to an established pattern as we enter the ...
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Interview with U.S. Delegation Head Ambassador Michael Kozak on the 2017 OSCE HDIM

Interview with U.S. Delegation Head Ambassador Michael Kozak on the 2017 OSCE HDIM On September 13, 2017, the Security and Human Rights Monitor  published an interview with Ambassador Michael Kozak, the Head of the U.S. Delegation. In the interview he outlined the main issues of concern for the United States at the 2017 OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting. Questions were prepared by Stephanie Liechtenstein, ...
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Response to Report of External Auditor on Financial Report and Statement for 2016 and to Report of the OSCE Audit Committee, July 2016-June 2017

We welcome measures taken to streamline the budget process and documents, and we support the Audit Committee’s recommendations for the OSCE to continue efforts at reforming the budget cycle to improve the ability of fund managers to plan and implement projects more effectively.
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Response to the OSCE Project Coordinator in Ukraine, Ambassador Vaidotas Verba

The Project Coordinator in Ukraine (PCU) plays an indispensable role in providing assistance to Ukraine. Key projects offer training on psychological support to people in conflict-affected areas; advocate for humanitarian demining; promote the safety of journalists; and support policy recommendations that draw attention to the plight of displaced persons.
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Opening Session of the 2017 Annual Security Review Conference

Opening Session of the 2017 Annual Security Review Conference As prepared for delivery by Deputy Assistant Secretary for European Affairs Kathleen A. Kavalec to the 2017 Annual Security Review Conference, Vienna June 27, 2017 Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Last year, I delivered an intervention at this conference asking participating States to consider what we as ...
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Conventional Arms Control and Building Confidence- and Security-building Measures: Problems and Prospects

In parallel we can – and, in fact, have begun to – engage in a comprehensive dialogue on our security concerns, to explore all the factors that are currently contributing to a sense of lessening stability and security in Europe. We must work toward finding practical ways to reverse those negative trends. The United States ...
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Reply to the Opening Session of the RFOM Conference “Media Freedom in Volatile Environments”

We agree that we can all do more to strengthen journalist protections.  We agree that there is a need for more fact-based reporting.  And we agree that these issues need to be addressed democratically and in a manner consistent with OSCE principles and commitments.
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Closing Session of the Second Preparatory Meeting of the 25th OSCE Economic and Environmental Forum in Astana, Kazakhstan

The United States will remain an active participant in this continuing conversation, one that includes civil society, academic experts, government officials, and business representatives, to discuss opportunities to strengthen security and good governance through a greener economy and stronger partnerships.
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Remarks to the Opening Session of the Second Preparatory Meeting of the 25th OSCE Economic and Environmental Forum

Remarks to the Opening Session of the Second Preparatory Meeting of the 25th OSCE Economic and Environmental Forum As delivered by U.S. Ambassador to Kazakhstan George A. Krol Astana, Kazakhstan June 15, 2017 Thank you, Mr. Chair. Good morning fellow delegates, representatives, and distinguished guests, including many of you who have joined us from capitals, ...
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Reply to Azerbaijan

Together with France and Russia, the United States intends to continue working through the Minsk Group as the primary channel for resolving this conflict and upholding a common commitment to peace and security in Nagorno-Karabakh.
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Response to Altai Efendiev, Secretary General of the Organization for Democracy and Economic Development

We share the concerns of Organization for Democracy and Economic Development member states about the active and protracted conflicts in this region, and are deeply concerned by continuing violations of member states’ sovereignty and territorial integrity.
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On Continued Reports of Arrests, Unlawful Detention, Torture, and Killing of Gay Men by the Chechen Government

The Human Rights Watch report, which appears to us to be well documented and to rely on independent sources in Chechnya, gives a timeline of events, provides multiple victims’ accounts of the violence perpetrated against them, and offers recommendations to Russian authorities, foreign governments, and international bodies.
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Ongoing Violations of International Law and Defiance of OSCE Commitments by Russia in Ukraine

Within 30 meters of a hospital, there was a shell crater four meters in diameter and two meters deep, assessed to have been fired from a 152mm artillery piece located in “separatist”-controlled territory. Because a shell of this size will generally kill anything within 50 meters of impact, it caused extensive damage to the hospital.
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Interpretative Statement on the Decision on the Programme Office in Dushanbe

The United States has joined consensus on the new mandate for the OSCE field presence in Tajikistan, now called the Program Office in Dushanbe. We do so with the understanding that the new mandate will not be used to restrict the autonomy of the Office and its ability to respond flexibly to challenges or issues ...
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Joint Statement on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

We do not expect attitudes about LGBTI persons to change overnight, but we do expect that political leaders will lead the fight against hate crimes and intolerance. They must ensure the ability of LGBTI persons to exercise their human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the right to express themselves, to associate, and to peacefully assemble.
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On Europe Day

The United States and the European Union have a strong and enduring partnership based on our shared democratic values, strong economic ties, and mutual commitment to addressing global challenges.
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Responses to the Russian Federation Statement on Privacy Concerns

National security matters are an issue of public debate in the United States, a debate which involves civil society, human rights activists, the media, journalists, bloggers, comedians, and any number of other individuals and organizations, all of which are free to express themselves, organize, associate, and peacefully assemble to make their views heard.
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Response to Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine and Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine

Russia’s aggression against Ukraine has shaken the very foundations of security and stability in Europe, and is antithetical to a vision of Europe that is whole, free, and at peace. The United States affirms its staunch support for Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity within its internationally-recognized borders.
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Ongoing Violations of International Law and Defiance of OSCE Principles by Russia

Only a visible, verifiable, and irreversible improvement in the security situation will allow progress on the Minsk agreements, starting with a real and sustainable ceasefire, disengagement of forces, and the withdrawal of heavy weapons. Yet Russia continues a pattern of behavior that undermines disengagement.
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Response to Russia’s Criticism of ODIHR Election Observation

Response to Russia’s Criticism of ODIHR Election Observation As delivered by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Kate M. Byrnes to the Permanent Council, Vienna April 27, 2017 Thank you, Mr. Chair. The Russian Federation’s claim that ODIHR’s determination regarding how to observe the French elections is another example of an “unbalanced” approach by ODIHR is unjustified and ...
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Reply to Russia on the Office of the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina

Reply to Russia on the Office of the High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina As delivered by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Kate M. Byrnes to the Permanent Council, Vienna April 27, 201 Thank you, Mr. Chair. The Russian Federation referred to the Office of the High Representative (OHR) as an obsolete international guardian that should be ...
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