On International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists | Statement to the PC

My delegation strongly supports the statement of our European Union colleagues marking the United Nations-declared International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists. To do its job, a free press needs protection from violence and intimidation. In too many places around the world, those who threaten, kidnap, beat, and kill journalists do so with ...
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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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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 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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Response to the Head of the OSCE Mission to Serbia: Statement to the PC

The United States welcomes Ambassador Burkhard back to the Permanent Council for another comprehensive and detailed report. Ambassador Burkhard, the OSCE Mission to Serbia continues to play a vital role in the country’s development. As noted in your report, the Mission works closely with the Serbian government and its ministries, has developed strong links with ...
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Serbia’s arrest of Srebrenica suspects shows how regional cooperation can help bring justice: Statement to the PC

The United States welcomes the March 18 arrest in Serbia by Serbian authorities of eight individuals suspected of involvement in the 1995 genocide at Srebrenica as an encouraging step forward toward justice. These arrests are also notable because they resulted from cooperation between Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Through continued cooperation of this type, it is our hope to ...
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Response to the Head of the OSCE Mission to Serbia: Statement to the PC

The United States joins in welcoming Ambassador Burkhard back to the Permanent Council, and we thank him for his comprehensive report. The OSCE plays an important role in Serbia, and we greatly value the work of Ambassador Burkhard and his staff. We commend the positive and constructive relationship that continues to exist between the Mission ...
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Response to the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dačić: Statement to the PC

Minister Dačić, we welcome you back to the Permanent Council and offer our thanks to you, your excellent delegation here in Vienna, and all those working in Belgrade as part of the OSCE task force for taking on the Chairmanship of the OSCE in 2015. Minister Dačić, let me start by offering our heartfelt condolences to our French colleagues, ...
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U.S. Welcomes Serbian Chairmanship in First Permanent Council Meeting, Presents Goals for 2015

PRESS RELEASE | January 15, 2015 The U.S. delegation warmly welcomed Serbian Foreign Minister Dačić to the inaugural Permanent Council meeting for the Serbian OSCE Chairmanship on January 16, 2015. Launched in the wake of the recent tragic terror attacks in Paris, the Serbian Chairmanship will focus on swift implementation of the declarations recently adopted in Basel, particularly in countering foreign fighters and kidnap for ransom . ...
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