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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Any Other Business | Statement at Closing Plenary of HDIM 2016

The United States has used this agenda item to follow up on the invocation of the Moscow Mechanism. It is up to us, the participating States, to remain actively engaged on the concerns which gave rise to the invocation of the Mechanism until they are resolved. We welcome Turkmenistan’s participation in this meeting, and hope ...
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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 Thought, Conscience, Religion or Belief | Statement at Working Session 12 of HDIM 2016

Freedom of religion or belief is a founding principle of the Helsinki Process. Unfortunately, a small number of participating States engage in consistent, systematic violations and abuses of the freedom of religion or belief.
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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 the International Day for the Victims of Enforced Disappearances | Statement to the PC

On August 30, we marked the International Day for the Victims of Enforced Disappearances. The United States stands in solidarity with the men and women around the world whose own governments have abducted them and detained them in secret. In too many countries, repressive regimes confronted by citizens trying to hold their leaders accountable will ...
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Response to the Head of the OSCE Center in Ashgabat: Statement to the PC

The United States welcomes Ambassador Petrov back to the Permanent Council. Ambassador, we thank you for your report and for your service, especially since today marks your final statement in this chamber. The United States appreciates the work of the OSCE Center in Ashgabat across all three dimensions. We welcome the Center’s projects on border ...
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Closing Reinforced Plenary – Any Other Business: HDIM 2015

The United States, for several years, has used this agenda item to follow up on the invocation of the Moscow Mechanism concerning Turkmenistan and Belarus. The United States believes it is important that we continue to use our human rights mechanisms – and that means we, the participating States, need to take action based on the outcomes of ...
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Response to the Head of the OSCE Center in Ashgabat: Statement to the PC

The United States welcomes Ambassador Petrov back to the Permanent Council. Ambassador, thank you for your report. The United States appreciates the work of the OSCE Center in Ashgabat across all three OSCE dimensions. The Center’s projects on border security and management, carried out in cooperation with Turkmenistan’s State Border Service, are outstanding examples of ...
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Closing Reinforced Plenary: Any Other Business | HDIM 2014

The United States for several years has used this agenda item to follow up on the recommendations made by the fact-finding missions resulting from the invocation of the Moscow Mechanism concerning Turkmenistan and Belarus.  Because the conditions that gave rise to invocations of the Mechanism remain ongoing, my delegation will again address these serious issues.  ...
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