On anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights, OSCE PA’s Santos calls for renewed commitments
COPENHAGEN, 10 December 2013 – On the occasion of the 65th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly, Isabel Santos (Portugal), the Chair of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly's human rights committee, issued the following statement:
"This year, 10 December is not only the United Nations' Human Rights Day, but also the 65th anniversary of a document that has helped to set the moral compass of the modern world – the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The vision and courage displayed by Eleanor Roosevelt and others who drafted and supported the Declaration should be remembered and celebrated today.
KYIV, 6 December 2013 – OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President Ranko Krivokapic issued the following statement today on the passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela:
"I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela. I send my sincere condolences to his family, friends, and the citizens of South Africa. Nelson Mandela is one of history's greatest democratic icons. His legacy will continue to serve as a beacon of hope for generations of pro-democracy leaders, lawmakers, activists, and people around the world who strive for freedom and equality.
As someone who has witnessed the horrors unleashed by interethnic intolerance in the Balkans, I have long been inspired on a personal level by Nelson Mandela's quest for a more righteous world. Let us all – in the OSCE area and beyond – continue to emulate his courage and vision."
The OSCE must reform to meet today's challenges, Parliamentary Assembly President Ranko Krivokapic tells Ministerial Council
said OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President Ranko Krivokapic at the opening of the 2013 OSCE Ministerial Council meeting in Kyiv today.KYIV, 5 December 2013 – The OSCE can be a driving force for freedom and democracy, but must achieve consensus to fulfil that vital role,
The President noted that if countries of the East and West managed to achieve historic progress in 1975, with the Iron Curtain in place, then surely OSCE participating states can capitalize on the momentum of history as the 40th anniversary of the Helsinki Final Act approaches.
OSCE PA President meets Verkhovna Rada Speaker in Kyiv, urges Ukraine to “stay the course of democracy”
KYIV, 4 December 2013 – OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President Ranko Krivokapic held a bilateral meeting with Verkhovna Rada Speaker Volodymyr Rybak this morning in the Ukrainian Parliament.
The two had an open and candid discussion about the current situation in Ukraine, the challenges of democratization, and Ukraine's important role in the OSCE and in the Parliamentary Assembly.
Both sides agreed that the right of Ukrainian citizens to peacefully assemble and protest must be safeguarded. They further underscored the need to resolve the current situation in Ukraine through the country's institutions.
President urges restraint and respect for freedom of assembly, expresses "deep concern" over violence and attacks against journalists
COPENHAGEN, 3 December 2013 – OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President Ranko Krivokapic today issued the following statement regarding the situation in Ukraine, which is scheduled to host a meeting of the Bureau of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and a meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council on 4-6 December in Kyiv:
"The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly is deeply concerned by the violence that occurred over the weekend in Ukraine, in which protesters, police, and journalists were injured. We urge both protesters and the authorities to exercise restraint and avoid provocation. We further urge dialogue to help defuse tensions.