211327 6/10/2009 20:52 09STATE59944 Secretary of State UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY VZCZCXRO6145 PP RUEHAST RUEHDBU RUEHFL RUEHLA RUEHMRE RUEHPOD RUEHROV RUEHSK RUEHSR DE RUEHC #9944/01 1620859 ZNR UUUUU ZZH P 102052Z JUN 09 FM SECSTATE WASHDC TO RUEHAK/AMEMBASSY ANKARA PRIORITY 8787-8788 RUEHAH/AMEMBASSY ASHGABAT PRIORITY 1187-1188 RUEHTA/AMEMBASSY ASTANA PRIORITY 2665-2666 RUEHTH/AMEMBASSY ATHENS PRIORITY 0526-0527 RUEHKB/AMEMBASSY BAKU PRIORITY 8645-8646 RUEHBW/AMEMBASSY BELGRADE PRIORITY 2383-2384 RUEHEK/AMEMBASSY BISHKEK PRIORITY 5345-5346 RUEHSL/AMEMBASSY BRATISLAVA PRIORITY 9278-9279 RUEHBM/AMEMBASSY BUCHAREST PRIORITY 1625-1626 RUEHUP/AMEMBASSY BUDAPEST PRIORITY 6822-6823 RUEHCH/AMEMBASSY CHISINAU PRIORITY 0477-0478 RUEHDBU/AMEMBASSY DUSHANBE PRIORITY 0735-0736 RUEHKV/AMEMBASSY KYIV PRIORITY 0358-0359 RUEHMO/AMEMBASSY MOSCOW PRIORITY 1006-1007 RUEHPG/AMEMBASSY PRAGUE PRIORITY 0290-0291 RUEHRA/AMEMBASSY RIGA PRIORITY 1439-1440 RUEHVJ/AMEMBASSY SARAJEVO PRIORITY 1521-1522 RUEHSQ/AMEMBASSY SKOPJE PRIORITY 7042-7043 RUEHSF/AMEMBASSY SOFIA PRIORITY 3376-3377 RUEHTL/AMEMBASSY TALLINN PRIORITY 7276-7277 RUEHNT/AMEMBASSY TASHKENT PRIORITY 0929-0930 RUEHSI/AMEMBASSY TBILISI PRIORITY 0677-0678 RUEHTI/AMEMBASSY TIRANA PRIORITY 3379-3380 RUEHVL/AMEMBASSY VILNIUS PRIORITY 2200-2201 RUEHWR/AMEMBASSY WARSAW PRIORITY 4009-4010 RUEHYE/AMEMBASSY YEREVAN PRIORITY 73247325 RUEHVB/AMEMBASSY ZAGREB PRIORITY 2809-2810 INFO RUEHPS/AMEMBASSY PRISTINA PRIORITY 5862-5863 ORG FOR SECURITY CO OP IN EUR COLLECTIVE UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 STATE 059944
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E.O. 12958: N/A TAGS: OSCE, PHUM, PREL, PGOV, KDEM SUBJECT: OSCE HUMAN DIMENSION MEETING REQUEST FOR INPUT
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1. (SBU) Summary and Action Request: The OSCE will conduct its annual Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) from September 28 through October 9 in Warsaw. The HDIM is the OSCE's annual review of participating States, implementation of their OSCE commitments to human rights and fundamental freedoms. The USG takes an active role in ensuring the success of the HDIM and offers specific criticism and praise for the human rights performance of OSCE participating States. As part of USG efforts to enhance our dialogue with OSCE participating States on their implementation of OSCE commitments, the Department requests that action addressees provide information about areas of particular concern regarding host government performance. Posts' responses will be used to inform a pre-HDIM demarche to host governments, which will cite areas about which the USG is concerned but prepared to recognize progress during the HDIM, should the host government's actions so merit. Action addressees are requested to provide input by June 24; the Department also welcomes responses from info addressees should there be a human rights or democratic development issue we could productively raise with your host government. End Summary and action request.
2. (SBU) The annual OSCE HDIM meeting is a useful stock-taking of countries, progress, or lack thereof, in implementing their commitments to respect human rights and basic freedoms - such as democratic elections and freedom of the press - undertaken in the context of several OSCE conventions, including most recently the 1992 Helsinki Protocol. The USG has a long tradition of using the HDIM forum to target criticism at poor human rights and democracy performance, when warranted. As part of our balanced approach, we also commend countries, when appropriate, for taking concrete steps to address specific issues. For reference, posts may review last year's statements on the USOSCE website: http://osce.usmission.gov/hdim2008.html.
3. (SBU) The Department would like to enhance our dialogue with OSCE participating States on this set of issues, and, when possible, to use the HDIM as a tool to promote improved human rights performance. To this end, Posts are requested to provide input by June 24 on areas of concern in their host government's human rights and democracy performance, particularly those where there may be opportunities to use the prospect of an HDIM review of performance on OSCE commitments to promote reform or obtain specific deliverables prior to the HDIM. Examples might include pressing for registration of an NGO or for release of a political prisoner.
4. (SBU) Posts' input will be used as the basis for a broad demarche to OSCE capitals outlining USG concerns. This will include country-specific suggestions for positive actions that we would be prepared to recognize in the HDIM should the
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host government undertake them. We hope that, by suggesting specific actions and providing adequate time prior to the HDIM for host governments to act, we will enhance the utility of the HDIM as a diplomatic tool. The Department also has an interest in presenting a balanced assessment of each OSCE participating State's performance towards meeting its OSCE commitments, and therefore welcomes input on other positive actions by host governments.
5. (U) Posts' input is appreciated. Please slug responses for EUR/RPM Jessica Fisher. CLINTON