TRANSCRIPT: Ambassador Baer’s Interview with RFE/RL Central Asia Service

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 15, 2016  Ambassador Baer’s Interview with RFE/RL Central Asia Service December 14, 2016 Neuer Saal, Hofburg Palace Vienna, Austria QUESTION:  Journalists are being intimidated, attacked, and recently one of our journalists, another one, was arrested, as you might have heard.  Allashov was arrested along with at least five members of his ...
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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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Ensuring Equal Opportunity for Women and Men | Statement at Working Session 14 of HDIM 2016

Equal opportunity for women and men in all spheres of life is critical to building resilient, democratic societies; supporting open and accountable governance; ending extreme poverty; furthering international peace and security; growing vibrant market economies; and addressing pressing health and education challenges. One of the biggest threats to reaching these goals is gender-based violence. As ...
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Tolerance and Non-Discrimination | Right of Reply at Working Session 10 of HDIM 2016

If a government has law enforcement concerns about a participant, HDIM is not the appropriate forum to deal with it. There are inter-governmental tools for law enforcement cooperation. Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan: we want your participation. Walking out robs the rest of us of your government’s perspective. It is not an effective way to respond to ...
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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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Freedom of Expression, Information, and Media Freedom | Statement at Working Session 6 of HDIM 2016

In establishing the Representative on Freedom of the Media in 1997, the OSCE participating States recognized that “free, independent, and pluralistic media are essential to a free and open society and accountable systems of government.”
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Response to Head of the OSCE Center in Bishkek: Statement to the PC

We welcome Ambassador Kapinos and Dr. Dunay to the Permanent Council and thank them for their reports. The United States supports the work of the OSCE Center in Bishkek, including the stated priority areas of strengthening inter-ethnic relations, promoting good governance and anti-corruption, combating transnational threats, and promoting human rights, rule of law, and gender ...
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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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Reply to Head of OSCE Center in Bishkek and Director of the OSCE Academy: Statement to the PC

The United States welcomes Head of the OSCE Center in Bishkek Ambassador Sergey Kapinos and Director of the OSCE Academy in Bishkek Mr. Maxim Ryabkov to the Permanent Council. We thank you both for your reports. Ambassador Kapinos, your mission is an important part of the OSCE’s efforts to promote peace and stability throughout our ...
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On Kyrgyzstan’s parliamentary elections: Statement to the PC

The United States welcomes the peaceful conduct of the October 4 parliamentary elections in Kyrgyzstan. The true competitiveness of these elections was unique in Central Asia and is an achievement for which the Kyrgyz government and people can be proud. We note the conclusion of the OSCE observers from the Parliamentary Assembly and the Office ...
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On Draft Legislation in Central Asia Impacting NGO Operating Space: Statement to the PC

The United States is concerned about the introduction of draft legislation in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan that could restrict the operating space for non-governmental organizations. While each piece of draft legislation is distinct—and its supporters may claim a legitimate interest to facilitate activities in the NGO sector—we believe it is important for these governments to ...
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