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OSCE conducts seminar on simplifying international trade procedures in Kazakhstan

Publishing date: 2 September 2015
ALMATY, 2 September 2015- An OSCE-supported three-day workshop on practical aspects of trade procedures and the function of customs authorities began today in Almaty...

OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine Chief Monitor urges sides to heed ceasefire appeal at school year’s start

Publishing date: 1 September 2015
The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine welcomes the new impetus for peace provided by the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) that the Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Ambassador Martin Sajdik, announced last week in Minsk, said the SMM’s Chief Monitor, Ambassador Ertugrul Apakan, today.

OSCE organizes training course for the first database on domestic violence in Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Publishing date: 1 September 2015
The OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina, in co-operation with the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBiH) Gender Centre and the Network of Women Police Officers, concluded on 1 September 2015 the second out of ten training courses on implementation of the Law on Protection from Domestic Violence and the use of the domestic violence database...

Latest from OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine based on information received as of 31 August 2015

Publishing date: 1 September 2015
The SMM monitored the implementation of the “Package of measures for the implementation of the Minsk agreements”. Its monitoring was restricted by the parties and security considerations*. The number of ceasefire violations observed remained at a similar level compared with the previous day in Donetsk. No ceasefire violations were recorded in the Luhansk region. The SMM observed preparations for the start of the school year in Donetsk and Luhansk regions. In Kyiv the SMM monitored a protest outside the national Parliament which turned violent...

Technical Working Group on durable solutions for displaced from Kosovo met to take process forward

Publishing date: 1 September 2015
PRISHTINË/PRIŠTINA, 1 September 2015 – Measures crucial to advance durable solutions for displaced persons from Kosovo were at the focus of a technical working group meeting organized in Prishtinё/Priština today by the OSCE Mission in Kosovo and supported by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)...

OSCE PA human rights Chair calls for release of Azerbaijan’s Ismayilova

Publishing date: 1 September 2015
COPENHAGEN, 1 September 2015 – The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Chair, Isabel Santos (MP, Portugal), today called for the immediate release of Azerbaijani investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova, who was sentenced earlier on 1 September to 7 ½ years in prison...

OSCE human rights chief calls for human rights-based, co-operative response to Europe’s migration crisis

Publishing date: 1 September 2015
WARSAW, 1 September 2015 – Michael Georg Link, Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), today called on countries in the OSCE to work together towards a co-ordinated and sustainable response to the increased flow of migrants into Europe; one that takes into account obligations to all individuals, including asylum seekers and refugees...