Press Release: United States Joins 21 Other Partner OSCE Delegations in Presenting the 2017 Democracy Defender Award to Russia’s Golos Movement

"As the only independent electoral watchdog in Russia, the Golos Movement provides an essential voice before, during, and after elections to monitor transparency, openness, and lawfulness, and identify electoral fraud and abuse."
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Ambassador Baer’s Interview with Gazeta.ru

One of the things that gets misunderstood is that while it is true that it is difficult to reach consensus today in the OSCE, on most things, there is agreement by at least 55 or 56 States. It is usually one or two holdouts. When it’s one, it’s usually the Russian Federation. And when it’s ...
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Press Availability by Ambassador Baer at the 2016 OSCE Ministerial Council

The top issue on the Ministerial this year was, as it has been for the last three years, the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine and Russia’s role in violating Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. In fact, my delegation was listening carefully to the statements of all of the Heads of Delegation of the 57 OSCE ...
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Keeping an International Eye on Ukraine

Keeping an International Eye on Ukraine Leaders should insist that Russian separatists in the east not obstruct cease-fire monitoring missions. Wall Street Journal August 16, 2016 Op-ed by Ambassador Daniel Baer For the third year in a row, August is proving a particularly deadly month in eastern Ukraine. Russian fighters, funds, weapons and equipment have kept the conflict ...
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Joining Forces against Trafficking in Human Beings

Joining Forces against Trafficking in Human Beings On February 17th and 18th, the Council of Europe (currently chaired by Austria) and the OSCE (currently chaired by Switzerland) held a joint conference on combating trafficking in persons. The Council of Europe has played a key role in developing the legal infrastructure —including, notably, an international convention— ...
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Remarks at Swearing In Ceremony

As prepared for delivery by Daniel Brooks Baer September 10, 2013, Washington D.C. Thank you very much, Acting Assistant Secretary Zeya—the very best part about the last four years here at State has been the people I have come to know, adore, and be wowed by—and it has been a special joy to get to ...
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