Concern about Freedom of Association in Turkey | Statement to the PC

Colleagues, more than twenty years ago in Copenhagen, our governments committed to “ensure that individuals are permitted to exercise the right to association, including the right to form, join and participate effectively in non-governmental organizations which seek the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms, including trade unions and human rights monitoring groups.” ...
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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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Government Pressure on Freedom of Expression and the Media in Turkey | Statement to the PC

As an ally and friend, we urge the Government of Turkey to respond to the failed coup in ways that reinforce Turkey’s traditions of freedom of expression and pluralism, the very principles and institutions that the Turkish people so courageously defended from a violent attempted coup.
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Freedom of Movement | Statement at Working Session 13 of HDIM 2016

In Vienna in 1989, all participating States committed to, “respect the right of everyone to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each State, and to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.” This right is still not fully respected in all participating States. Let me make it ...
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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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On Freedom of Expression and Judicial Independence Concerns in Turkey | Statement to the PC

As Turkey’s friend, we urge Turkish authorities to ensure their actions uphold the universal democratic values enshrined in Turkey’s constitution, and its international human rights obligations and commitments, including those with respect to freedom of expression.
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Condolences to the People of Turkey and Kazakhstan: Statement to the PC

We are deeply saddened by the barbarous terror attack that occurred yesterday in Istanbul. Such senseless violence could never be rationalized by any cause. We were further saddened to hear of another attack today. We wish speedy recovery to the injured and extend condolences to the family & friends of those who lost their lives. We extend ...
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On the Release of Turkish Journalists Can Dündar and Erdem Gül: Statement at the PC

The United States welcomes the court ruling ending the pre-trial imprisonment of Cumhuriyet editor-in-chief Can Dündar and Ankara bureau chief Erdem Gül. Although they are out of jail pending trial, they still face serious charges stemming from their work as journalists. The U.S. government will continue to follow their case closely. Freedom of expression, including ...
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On Freedom of Expression in Turkey: Statement to the PC

The United States wishes to express its concern about reports in Turkey of academics being investigated and subjected to penalties for expressing their opinions about the conflict in the southeast of Turkey. The United States considers such actions to be part of a troubling trend in Turkey, in which official bodies, law enforcement, and judicial ...
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On Turkey’s Parliamentary Elections: Statement to the PC

The United States congratulates the people of Turkey on their participation in Sunday’s parliamentary elections. The United States notes the OSCE preliminary assessment said that parliamentary elections offered voters a variety of choices, were well-organized by the election administration, and noted that candidate registration was overall inclusive. The assessment, however, also raised concerns, including “the ...
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Parliamentary Elections in Turkey: Statement to the PC

The United States followed with interest the parliamentary elections in Turkey on June 7. We, like others, noted the high level of citizen engagement, as over fifty million Turkish citizens exercised their right to vote and tens of thousands of volunteers observed the polls on election day — thereby demonstrating the enduring vitality of Turkey’s ...
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Arrests of Journalists in Turkey: Statement to the PC

The United States is concerned by the December 14 raids and arrests in Turkey, which appear to target media outlets that have been openly critical of the current Turkish government. Media freedom, due process, and judicial independence are key elements in every healthy democracy and are enshrined in the Turkish constitution. On the Istanbul Pride Parade (July 10) On Media Freedom in Turkey (Apr. 3) On Blocking of Social Media Sites in Turkey (Mar. 27) We echo the Representative ...
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