Recent statement by US Ambassador to the OSCE on trafficking

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Subject: Recent statement by US Ambassador to the OSCE on trafficking
From: Walsh, Maureen (Maureen.Walsh@mail.house.gov)
Date: Tue Jul 27 1999 - 11:03:50 EDT


Note to list: On June 14-15, 1999, the Organization for Security and
Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) hosted a meeting on gender issues in Vienna,
Austria. Trafficking was not explicitly included on the meeting's agenda
but it arose as a topic of discussion in several contexts. What follows is
a statement made by the U.S. Ambassador to the OSCE after the gender issues
meeting.

> STATEMENT ON SUPPLEMENTARY HUMAN DIMENSION MEETING ON GENDER ISSUES
> Delivered to the OSCE Permanent Council by Ambassador David T. Johnson,
> U.S. Mission to the OSCE,
in Vienna, Austria on July 8, 1999.

> First I would like to raise some substantive concerns, and then I would
> like to comment on the format of the meeting itself.
>
> Trafficking in human beings was raised during the supplementary meeting in
> several sessions. The U.S. commented on trafficking in general during the
> meeting - and the importance of doing all we can to prevent it. Today, I
> would like to focus on trafficking as it relates to the OSCE Mission in
> Kosovo. Many participants in the meeting agreed trafficking should be
> addressed by the OSCE Mission in Kosovo as part of the peace
> implementation process. A strong public information campaign will be
> critical to prevent trafficking from establishing a foothold in Kosovo.
> OSCE Mission members need to be trained to recognize and report on
> possible instances of trafficking. Legal systems practices and procedures
> to prosecute traffickers and protect its victims will also be critical.
> Experts who can assist in creation of effective systems and can offer
> appropriate training of police and judicial authorities should be
> recruited. In recruitment for these and other positions within the OSCE
> Mission, we believe it important for all States to give their fullest
> consideration to the hiring of qualified female candidates.
>
> Turning to the format of the meeting, I would like to commend the
> Norwegian chair and ODIHR on its organization. We believe the informal
> working group format worked quite well. Although sometimes it can be
> difficult to refrain from reading scripted statements, the open dialogue
> that resulted from listening and responding to others' ideas made for a
> much more effective meeting. We hope to use this format in future OSCE
> meetings.
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Maureen T. Walsh
Counsel
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
   (Helsinki Commission)
234 Ford House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-1901 tel
(202) 226-4199 fax
http://www.house.gov/csce/


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