Response to the OSCE Special Representative for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings | Statement to the PC

The United States welcomes Ambassador Jarbussynova to the Permanent Council.  Ambassador, thank you for efforts and for the accomplishments of the Office of the Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings highlighted in your report. The United States strongly supports the work of the OSCE Special Representative and that of her staff, ...
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Trafficking in Human Beings | Statement at Working Session 7 of HDIM 2016

The United States offers its continued support in the effort to save lives and protect those who are particularly vulnerable to human trafficking, including migrants and refugees. Europol has reported that known smuggling and human trafficking gangs are working together to exploit migrant vulnerabilities. This is particularly concerning given the influx last year of 90,000 ...
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Reply to Uzbekistan regarding Response to the OSCE Project Coordinator in Uzbekistan | Statement to the PC

I’d like to thank our distinguished colleague from Uzbekistan for his update on recent interactions with respect to the cotton harvest and longstanding concerns about forced child labor and forced labor in the cotton harvest, and I’d also like to acknowledge his point that in this forum we should raise concerns that connect directly to ...
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Response to the OSCE Project Coordinator in Uzbekistan | Statement to the PC

The United States welcomes to the Permanent Council the OSCE Project Coordinator in Uzbekistan, Ambassador John MacGregor. Ambassador MacGregor, we support the Project Coordinator’s priorities, including assisting the government with addressing transnational threats, promoting good governance and anti-corruption, combating trafficking in persons, strengthening the criminal justice system, promoting human rights, and gender equality. We support ...
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Response to OSCE Special Rep. for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings: Statement to the PC

The United States warmly welcomes Ambassador Jarbussynova to the Permanent Council, and applauds her efforts and the accomplishments of her Office highlighted in her report. The United States strongly supports the work of the OSCE Special Representative and of her staff. We also support related OSCE activities focused on prosecution, protection, and prevention, as reflected ...
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Combating human trafficking; Refugees and displaced persons: HDIM 2015, Session 11

Political violence and terrorism, financial instability, and uncertainty have driven many around the world to leave their homes in search of safe haven, often to OSCE participating States. This migration crisis highlights the need for participating States to implement OSCE commitments to protect vulnerable populations from victimization by migrant smugglers and human traffickers. As President ...
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ASRC 2015, Working Session 3: The OSCE and its Neighborhood

I want to thank the panelists for highlighting a number of issues from terrorism, irregular migration, regional stability, that are shared concerns for all of us. And we welcome the opportunity to address some of these security challenges from the perspective of the neighborhood. I will comment on three general areas. First – the increasing ...
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Response to the Head of the OSCE Center in Ashgabat: Statement to the PC

The United States welcomes Ambassador Petrov back to the Permanent Council. Ambassador, thank you for your report. The United States appreciates the work of the OSCE Center in Ashgabat across all three OSCE dimensions. The Center’s projects on border security and management, carried out in cooperation with Turkmenistan’s State Border Service, are outstanding examples of ...
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Response to the Special Representative and Coordinator for Combatting Trafficking in Human Beings: Statement to the PC

Ambassador Jarbussynova, welcome to the Permanent Council for the first time as the Special Representative and Coordinator for Combatting Trafficking in Human Beings. We look forward to continuing our close cooperation with you and your team to combat the scourge of modern slavery. The United States remains deeply committed to the fight against trafficking in ...
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