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Report of the Head of the OSCE Mission to Montenegro. UK Response: June 2022

Thank you Chair.

Welcome to Ambassador Vaag Permanent Council. Thank you և your team for the Mission Activity Report. The United Kingdom appreciates the work of the mission and appreciates the outstanding achievements.

We realize that there have been a number of challenges in the background of the Mission’s activities, both political and the ongoing epidemic. Nevertheless, the Mission continued to adapt, to adapt its activities, as well as through its online activities, further inclusiveness and transparency. After the formation of the new government on April 28, we expect further progress in the coming year. Prime Minister Abazovich ակն’s ambitions for reform of the rule of law իր his experience in the fight against serious organized crime are a positive sign for progress in areas that are important to the mission, while the next elections are to take place. This year highlights the importance of mission work in this area.

I would especially like to emphasize the Mission’s support and protection of elections, freedom of the media and serious organized crime.

First of all, we appreciate the Mission’s enhanced cooperation with the State Electoral Commission on elections, including to improve transparency, which is a long-standing ODIHR recommendation. We welcome the mission’s joint efforts with NGOs to make ‘electoral processes’ and ‘polling stations’ accessible to people with disabilities before the community elections, which is an essential step in facilitating voting and inclusion by all.

However, it is worrying to note that in 2021, political discourse has often led to misinformation and a torrent of hate speech on social media. The mission work here, including with the Self-Regulation Technical Working Group տրոն the Electronic Media Agency, is greatly appreciated. Your work with journalists և NGOs to raise their understanding of the gender aspects of investigative journalism is commendable. The safety of journalists, including women journalists, remains essential.

Third, on serious organized crime, we welcome the mission’s support to strengthen its security capacity and accountability to address serious threats, including crime, while protecting public safety and human rights. Here I present the annual Mission Public Perception Survey, which is a valuable tool for identifying perceptions and trends. It is reassuring to note that the results of the survey show that belonging to an ethnic community is no longer an indicator of a negative attitude towards the police.

Finally, the United Kingdom appreciates the work of the Gender Mission, both in its mission and in supporting the Government, Parliament and other stakeholders. We encourage you to stay focused on your sex life.

In conclusion, I reaffirm our gratitude to the Mission for their hard work and dedication, as well as for their adaptability during that time.

Thank you Chair

Report of the Head of the OSCE Mission to Montenegro. UK Response: June 2022

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