2018

WASHINGTON, 6 February 2018 – United States Senator Ben Cardin, the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism, and Intolerance, today praised the efforts of the OSCE Italian Chairmanship towards combating anti-Semitism in the OSCE area. On 29 January, the Chairmanship convened a special conference in Rome, Italy entitled “The Responsibility of States, Institutions and individuals in the Fight against

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NEW YORK, 2 February 2018 – Concluding two days of meetings with senior United Nations officials today, OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President George Tsereteli (MP, Georgia), underlined the importance of continued close co-operation among international actors particularly related to resolving protracted conflicts. President Tsereteli and OSCE PA Secretary General Roberto Montella held a series of meetings including with the President of the UN

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COPENHAGEN, 1 February 2018 - Ignacio Sanchez Amor (MP, Spain), Chair of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions, expressed his concern today over developments in the case of Taner Kiliç, Chair of Amnesty International Turkey. Kiliç, accused of being a member of the Fethullah Gülen Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), was granted a conditional release on Wednesday, with the court reversing the

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VIENNA, 26 January 2018 – OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President George Tsereteli (MP, Georgia), met today with the newly elected President of the “Austrian Nationalrat”, the Austrian Parliament, Wolfgang Sobotka, for talks that focused on challenges to the OSCE area and Austria’s contributions to the OSCE and the Parliamentary Assembly. While in Vienna Tsereteli also met with the OSCE’s Representative on Freedom of the Media, Harlem Desir, to

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VIENNA, 25 January 2018 – In his first address to the OSCE Permanent Council, OSCE President George Tsereteli (MP, Georgia) today called on the Organization’s participating States to ensure the effective functioning of the OSCE, noting it is one of the leanest and most flexible organizations in the world. “We live in very volatile times. Security needs to be regained every day. We see a growing amount of confusion, also among our citizens,

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MINSK, 24 January 2018 – Concluding three days of meetings in Belarus, Kent Harstedt (MP, Sweden), the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s Special Representative on Eastern Europe, called for increased efforts on reforms within the country while welcoming the active engagement of the country in international affairs and mediation. In his first official visit as Special Representative on Eastern Europe, Harstedt met with the President of Belarus,

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