HRC Statement on Daniel Baer’s Nomination to be Ambassador to OSCE

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A group of United Nations human rights experts have urged the Parliament of Kyrgyzstan to reject a bill that would introduce criminal and administrative sanctions for acts aimed at forming “a positive attitude towards non-traditional sexual orientation,” warning that the proposed law would go against the country’s human rights obligations and commitments.
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Today the White House announced its intention to nominate Daniel Baer – the current Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor – as the next Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe ( OSCE ). 

If confirmed, Baer would become the 4th openly-LGBT person to serve as a U.S. Ambassador abroad, and the first to a multilateral institution.

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“Deputy Assistant Secretary Baer has led a distinguished career of public service, both at home and abroad,” said Human Rights Campaign (HRC) president Chad Griffin. “Over the last few years at the Department of State, Daniel has worked tirelessly to promote democracy and human rights in every corner of the globe, helping to secure and protect the freedoms of the world’s most vulnerable communities.  This, paired with his years of global business experience, makes him an outstanding choice to be our nation’s next Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.”

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

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