Assembly’s work on migration presented to OSCE ambassadors by Ad Hoc Committee Chair Lombardi at special Permanent Council
VIENNA, 20 July 2016 – Presenting the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s work concerning the refugee and migrant crisis at a special meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna today, Swiss parliamentarian Filippo Lombardi laid out the Assembly’s plan of action going forward, which includes monitoring the situation on the ground and developing policy recommendations for the OSCE and its participating States.
The meeting was convened by the OSCE German Chairmanship to present and discuss the report by Amb. Claude Wild, Chair of the OSCE Informal Working Group Focusing on the Issue of Migration and Refugee Flows. The participants discussed in particular the importance of improving global migration governance and how the OSCE can lend its contribution to promoting regional implementation of a global migration governance architecture.
Lombardi noted that the OSCE PA’s Ad Hoc Committee on Migration, which he chairs, has been active in three main areas, including by organizing field visits, strengthening co-operation with the OSCE and other international actors, and promoting discussions on the migration crisis within the OSCE PA.
OSCE PA human rights committee Chair Ignacio Sanchez Amor deplores the killing of journalist Pavel Sheremet, calls for exhaustive investigation
COPENHAGEN, 20 July 2016 – Ignacio Sanchez Amor, the Chair of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions, today condemned the killing of journalist Pavel Sheremet, which took place earlier today in Kyiv, Ukraine.
“I strongly condemn the murder of Pavel Sheremet and call for a prompt and exhaustive investigation. My deepest sympathies go out to Sheremet’s loved ones and colleagues, who lost a brave and esteemed journalist,” Sanchez Amor said.
Originally from Belarus, Sheremet worked in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine during his career. He had lived and worked in Kyiv for the past five years as a journalist for Ukrayinska Pravda and Radio Vesti.
OSCE PA human rights committee Chair Ignacio Sanchez Amor issues statement on developments in Turkey
COPENHAGEN, 18 July 2016 – In response to the attempted coup in Turkey and subsequent developments in the country, Ignacio Sanchez Amor (MP, Spain), Chairperson of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions, today issued the following statement:
“I regret the violent events that took place in Turkey on the night of 15 July, especially the loss of human lives, and reiterate OSCE PA President Christine Muttonen’s condemnation of the attempt to overthrow Turkey’s elected leaders. I was relieved by the restoration of constitutional order and the rapid resumption of parliamentary activity, as well as the agreement of the major parties on the constitutional legitimacy of institutions.
“However, I am concerned by some subsequent developments, including mass arrests of judges and other members of the judiciary. Legitimate legal responses to the coup must not lead to reprisals or hasty purges, and a responsible approach must be taken to safeguard democratic institutions. Indeed, it is particularly at times of crisis that democratic approaches and institutions must be upheld.
COPENHAGEN, 16 July 2016 – In response to Friday night's attempted coup in Turkey, OSCE PA President Christine Muttonen (MP, Austria) today issued the following statement:
"I have been following the situation in Turkey with great concern. I call for calm and restraint, and condemn in the strongest terms any attempts by parts of the military to overthrow the democratically elected government of Turkey by means of force. It is of utmost importance to return to rule of law and respect for Turkey's constitutional order as soon as possible."