COPENHAGEN, 29 June 2016 – Following the suicide bombings yesterday at Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul, killing at least 36, OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President Ilkka Kanerva (MP, Finland) issued the following statement:
“I condemn in the strongest terms yesterday’s horrific suicide bombings at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul. This sort of indiscriminate violence against innocent civilians is absolutely unacceptable, and my deepest sympathies go out to the victims, their families, and the people and government of Turkey.
“As the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly is set to gather in Tbilisi, Georgia, for its 25th Annual Session later this week, I urge all of us to recommit ourselves to building a more stable, secure and peaceful world, and to redouble our efforts to fighting terrorism in all its forms."
Parliamentarians describe OSCE PA’s migration work to OSCE’s governmental side, urge comprehensive response to crisis
VIENNA, 27 June 2016 – Improving international co-operation in response to the refugee and migrant crisis was emphasized by a number of OSCE parliamentarians at a meeting of the OSCE’s Informal Working Group Focusing on the Issue of Migration and Refugee Flows today in Vienna.
Addressing the working group, which was established earlier this year to better define the OSCE’s medium-term policy on migration and to propose an effective approach for the organization, members of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s Ad Hoc Committee on Migration described the recent activities of the PA on the migration issue, including recent visits to Calais, France, and Lampedusa, Italy. Members called for greater attention to the humanitarian impacts of the crisis, in particular, as well as to its root causes.
In addition to the PA, other speakers today included OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic and Maaike van Adrichem, adviser on gender issues in the office of the OSCE Secretary General. OSCE PA Secretary General Roberto Montella was also present at the working group, and met with PA members for discussions on the Assembly’s migration-related work.
On World Refugee Day, OSCE parliamentarians and human trafficking representative call for more humane response to crisis
LAMPEDUSA, 20 June 2016 – On the occasion of World Refugee Day, OSCE parliamentarians called on countries across the OSCE region to more equitably share responsibilities towards refugees and migrants, as well as to improve integration measures to ensure that they can contribute to society.
The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s human rights and humanitarian committee chair, Portuguese parliamentarian Isabel Santos, was in Lampedusa, Italy, today, joining a delegation of the OSCE’s Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, Ambassador Madina Jarbussynova.
Highlighting the need for more cohesive policy responses, Swiss parliamentarian Filippo Lombardi, who chairs the OSCE PA’s Ad Hoc Committee on Migration, noted that the lack of a unified response is indicative of a leadership problem in the region.
COPENHAGEN, 17 June 2016 – In response to yesterday's murder of Jo Cox, a member of the British House of Commons, OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President Ilkka Kanerva (MP, Finland), issued the following statement:
"It was incredibly troubling to hear the news yesterday of British parliamentarian Jo Cox’s murder. Regardless of its motivations, a deplorable crime of this sort against an elected member of parliament, a mother of two, and a tireless humanitarian advocate is shocking and sad. As a fellow parliamentarian, I condemn this attack unequivocally and offer my deepest condolences to Ms. Cox’s family, her colleagues and to the British people.
"On behalf of the OSCE PA, which is committed to the type of open debate and discussion which Ms. Cox was such a strong advocate for, I deeply regret that her voice will no longer be heard in the British House of Commons."