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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Response to the Head of the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina

Ambassador Moore, the ongoing involvement of your Mission in supporting the country’s priorities remains a vital part of stability and reconciliation in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The OSCE Mission continues to assist the host government with implementation of reforms and strengthening the rule of law, democratic institutions, and mechanisms for the protection of human rights.
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Closing Remarks | Statement at the Closing Plenary of HDIM 2016

As the 2016 HDIM draws to a close, my delegation wishes to share some observations that will shape our approach to the OSCE Ministerial in Hamburg. First: Helsinki Final Act Principles linking respect for human rights within states to lasting security among states could not be more relevant. These foundational principles are under siege and ...
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Tolerance and Non-Discrimination | Statement at Working Session 10 of HDIM 2016

Respect for the rights of persons belonging to national minorities is a cornerstone of the Helsinki Final Act. We underscore the importance of maintaining the independence of the High Commissioner on National Minorities and ODIHR.
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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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Response to the Report by OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities Astrid Thors: Statement to the PC

High Commissioner Thors, the United States welcomes you back to the Permanent Council after an especially busy and productive period.  Your report today and the country visits you have made in the past six months demonstrate a commitment to carry out your work wherever needed. The United States very much values your engagement throughout the ...
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20th Anniversary of Genocide in Srebrenica: Statement to the PC

July 11th marked the 20th anniversary of genocide in Srebrenica. On that tragic day, 20 years ago, General Ratko Mladic challenged UN peacekeepers at a designated safe area for civilians. And, when he found that the will of the international community was weak, he pressed his forces forward. Bosnians who had gathered in Srebrenica with ...
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Response to the Head of the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina: Statement to the PC

We welcome Ambassador Moore to the Permanent Council for his first report on the activities of the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina. Ambassador, we are proud of the efforts you and your team have undertaken this past year, and look forward to additional progress. And I’d also like to say that I thought your ...
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U.S. welcomes Bosnia and Herzegovina’s steps towards EU integration: Statement to the PC

The United States joins in welcoming the endorsement on February 23 by the Parliament of Bosnia and Herzegovina of the “Written Commitment” to pursue progress in the EU accession process. Bosnia and Herzegovina belongs with Europe, and has the elements it needs for success: an educated work force, natural resources, proximity to important markets, and ...
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