Kyiv Security Forum

Ian Antony: OSCE missions are not equipped enough to deal with the problems of freedom of speech

29 May 2015, 19:31

The OSCE missions are not equipped enough to deal with the problems of freedom of speech and gender security in hot spots they work at, said Ian Anthony, the Director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), during the 8th Kyiv Security Forum organized by the Arseniy Yatsenyuk Open Ukraine Foundation.

"One has to keep in mind not only the capabilities of the OSCE in matters related to minorities, but also cases, relating to the role of the media, freedom of the press, freedom of speech, gender security. We can say that OSCE missions are not equipped enough, they do not have enough resources to address these issues," - said the expert.

Mr. Antony noted that despite some difficulties, representatives of organizations working in Ukraine can make a substantial contribution to conflict resolution in the Donbass region. "How do we interpret the key concepts? Sovereignty, inviolability of borders, peaceful process of borders modification. This is a global issue; this is where the OSCE could play its role. For Ukraine this is particularly important," - he said.

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The annual international event ‘Kyiv Security Forum’, established by the Arseniy Yatsenyuk Open Ukraine Foundation in 2007 is a platform for discussion of the most pressing issues concerning the security in Europe and the Black Sea region. The Forum is aimed at promoting security cooperation between the European Union and the Black Sea Region, raising awareness of the development of security among key players and strengthening the role of independent and non-governmental actors in solving security