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News and press releases from the OSCE's global activities.

OSCE Special Representative stresses human rights approach to fight trafficking in persons and protect victims

Publishing date: 24 November 2015
MONTREUX, Switzerland, 24 November 2015 – In her keynote address at the Informal Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Seminar on Human Rights, OSCE Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, Madina Jarbussynova, today outlined the importance of a human rights approach to combating trafficking in persons.

OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine works to raise awareness of pupils in Donetsk and Luhansk regions about the threat from mines

Publishing date: 24 November 2015
Leaflets warning of the dangers from mines and unexploded ordnance (UXO), designed by the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM), were distributed to schools in the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk by the SMM monitors over October and November 2015. Monitors also delivered interactive awareness lessons about the threat, answering questions from pupils about how to play safe...

OSCE media freedom representative welcomes print media privatization law in Ukraine

Publishing date: 24 November 2015
VIENNA, 24 November 2015 – OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović today welcomed the adoption of a law in Ukraine which paves the way for abandoning state and communal ownership of print media outlets...

OSCE Presence in Albania brings together newly-elected women officials to learn new skills, share experiences

Publishing date: 24 November 2015
DURRËS, Albania, 24 November 2015 – Newly-elected women members of municipal councils from across Albania learned new skills and networked with their more experienced peers at the OSCE-supported three-day School for Municipal Women Councillors, which ended today. It is the fourth time the OSCE Presence in Albania has organized this initiative since 2011...

Women’s economic and social rights in the spotlight as OSCE marks 20 years of the Beijing Conference

Publishing date: 24 November 2015
VIENNA, 24 November 2015- On the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the Beijing Conference on Women, the OSCE Gender Section organized a workshop today on economic and social rights, bringing together some 50 participants representing governmental institutions, international organizations and civil society from across the OSCE region...

Institutions need to respond better to cases of domestic violence in Kosovo, says Head of OSCE Mission

Publishing date: 24 November 2015
PRISHTINË/PRIŠTINA, 24 November 2015 – Ahead of tomorrow’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the Head of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, Jean-Claude Schlumberger, said that relevant institutions need to do more to enhance their responses to cases of domestic violence...

Recognition of challenges that Roma face in Ukraine key for the promotion of their fundamental rights, say participants at OSCE/ODIHR event

Publishing date: 24 November 2015
Improving the situation of Roma in Ukraine by enhancing co-operation between Roma civil society organizations and national and regional authorities was the focus of a roundtable meeting organized by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine in Kyiv on 24 November 2015.