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8/21/2014 The Open Society Policy Center (OSPC), along with 24 human rights organizations, urged Congress to reject a provision in a spending bill that would all but allow the Department of State to continue U.S. aid to a country where there’s been a coup. The so-called “national security” exemption would all but gut current law, which […]
7/15/2014 Washington, D.C.—Stephen Rickard, the executive director of the Open Society Policy Center, testified last Thursday before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa on the importance of the Leahy Law vetting to prohibit the U.S. Government from providing military assistance to security forces abroad who have committed gross human rights violations. The Leahy Law bars […]
3/20/2014 As the U.S. military prepares to exit Afghanistan, its future strategy will be based on a light footprint: Its focus will be to partner with professional, capable military forces to address local security challenges, according to the Pentagon’s just-released Quadrennial Defense Review. This strategy, led by the military’s Combatant Commanders, has evolved over time. It […]
9/28/2011 Secretary Clinton is urged to oppose providing aid to Uzbekistan due to their abysmal human rights record.
12/9/2010 Human rights leaders urge the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary's Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law to continue its important work in the next Congress.
12/2/2010 HR Groups thank U.S. Senator Feingold for his service and dedication on Africa issues.
11/5/2010 The U.S. government should not allow or support the use of child soldiers in countries such as Chad, Sudan, and Yemen, stated a group of NGOs in a letter to President Obama.
10/26/2010 OSPC and over a dozen other donors recently committed their multi-year support for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.
9/16/2010 A broad range of faith-based, human rights, and justice reform organizations praise legislation aimed at improving inhumane foreign prisons.
5/18/2010 In a letter to the House Appropriations Committee, thirty organizations including the Open Society Policy Center stressed the importance of fully funding the FY 2010 International Affairs budget.
12/22/2007 President Bush signed the Genocide Accountability Act of 2007 into law following its unanimous approval by Congress. The new legislation fills a critical gap in the law by permitting the U.S. government to prosecute people in the United States who are believed to have committed genocide abroad.
10/12/2007 The United Nations Human Rights Council held an emergency special session on the human rights crisis in Burma and has taken swift action. For more information click here.
7/18/2007 Senior Policy Analyst for Africa Akwe Amosu testified before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Subcommitee on African Affairs, in a hearing entitled "Democratic Developments in Sub-Saharan Africa: Moving Forward or Backwards?"
10/18/2006 Morton Halperin, Director of US Advocacy for the Open Society Institute and Director of the Open Society Policy Center, defends the Human Rights Council and reforms at the United Nations.
9/22/2006 On September 27th, 2006 Congressman Christopher Smith introduced Congressional Resolution 486 urging the government of Turkmenistan to take immediate steps to address serious human rights abuses.
9/6/2006 Open Society Policy Center Executive Director, Morton Halperin, testifies before the House International Relations Committee's Africa, Human Rights and Global Operations Subcommittee regarding the United Nations Human Rights Council.
9/5/2006 An informal and diverse coalition of NGO's have issued a letter to the United States Senate strongly opposing the nomination of John Bolton to serve as Ambassador to the United Nations. Nineteen like-minded organizations, including the Open Society Policy Center, have joined the letter.
7/20/2006 A broad left-right group of organizations consisting of various human rights and faith-based organizations and leaders of the Korean-American community issued an 18-point Statement of Principles in a press conference at the National Press Club Thursday, July 20, 2006.
7/18/2006 In a press conference at the National Press Club on Thursday, July 20, 2006 at noon a broad left-right group of organizations consisting of various human rights and faith-based organizations and leaders of the Korean-American community will issue an introductory statement and an 18-point Statement of Principles.
6/29/2006 The Open Society Institute is commending Millennium Challenge Corporation's (MCC) recent decision to suspend the Gambia's eligibility for Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) assistance.
6/15/2006 The Open Society Policy Center recently joined a United Nations Foundation campaign urging world leaders to resolve a budget crisis that threatens to shut down the UN.
6/8/2006 On June 8th, the Open Society Policy Center joined 41 organizations in calling on Secretary Rice to use the United States' full diplomatic force to promote UN reform, rather than rely on unilateral approaches that could have devastating consequences for the future effectiveness of the United Nations and to U.S. interests.
5/9/2006 On May 9, 2006, the UN General Assembly elected a greatly improved membership to the newly established Human Rights Council. The results show that Member States have for the first time taken into consideration the human rights records of governments when electing members to the body.
3/15/2006 On March 15, 2006 the UN General Assembly voted to replace the discredited Commission on Human Rights with a reformed Human Rights Council.
3/7/2006 The Open Society Policy Center is supporting efforts to replace the UN's existing Commission on Human Rights with a more effective and legitimate Human Rights Council. Secretary-General Kofi Annan called for this reform in his March 2004 "In Larger Freedom" report. The U.S. Administration, Congressional leaders and the U.S. Institute of Peace Task Force on the UN have endorsed the establishment of a reformed Human Rights Council where countries address egregious human rights abuses and promote the highest standards in human rights.
12/14/2005 On December 8, 2005 , the Open Society Policy Center joined over 20 diverse and prominent NGOs in a letter urging Secretary Rice to reconsider U.S. priorities and negotiating tactics that could derail UN reform efforts, including the establishment of a Human Rights Council.
9/18/2005 The United States can be counted among the handful of "spoiler states" that undermined the ambitious agenda of the UN World Summit held in New York September 14-16, 2005 .
9/10/2005 On September 9, 2005, OSPC joined over 40 diverse organizations in a sign-on letter that urged President Bush to attend and engage constructively in the UN World Summit.
8/1/2005 On May 13, 2005, Government of Uzbekistan security forces massacred hundreds of civilians during an indiscriminate attack on demonstrators in the city of Andijan. Despite worldwide condemnation and strong words from the US Administration, few concrete actions have been taken in response to what independent human rights observers have classified a tragedy on the scale of the 1989 slaughter in Tiananmen Square, China.
5/17/2005 Senator Leahy's office organized a Washington DC memorial service for Marla Ruzicka, on Saturday May 14, 2005. Ms. Ruzicka, 28, was an OSI grantee who devoted her life to documenting the needs of innocent war victims and facilitating aid. She was killed by a car bomb in Baghdad on April 16, 2005.
4/25/2005 OSPC is watching the nomination of John Bolton to be US Ambassador to the UN. John Bolton is the wrong man for the job. Based on his history of derision for the United Nations and his poor performance as Undersecretary, Bolton lacks the skills and credibility necessary to address such key issues as North Korea's and Iran's nuclear programs, global poverty, and making the UN more effective.
4/1/2005 The Open Society Policy Center, former U.S. Ambassadors and other groups will hold a press conference on Monday, April 4 to announce their opposition to John Bolton's nomination as Ambassador to the UN. The event will be 9:30-11:00am at the National Press Club in Washington, DC
3/31/2005 On March 29, 2005 a group of almost 60 retired diplomats sent a letter to Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Richard Lugar to announce their concern about John Bolton's nomination to be Ambassador to the UN.
3/30/2005 On March 30, 2005, Newsday (New York) ran an op-ed authored by Maura Moynihan, daughther of Senator Moynihan. In it, she makes the case that Bolton is no Moynihan, despite the chorus of conservative voices claiming otherwise.
2/1/2005 OSPC is one of 31international and Afghan civil society organizations to send a letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice commending the Bush administration for turning its attention and resources to addressing the drug trade problem in Afghanistan and warning that massive eradication efforts in 2005 could destabilize large areas of the country and undermine the remarkable progress Afghanistan has made since 2001.