The US has urged members of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to honor commitments to abide by the rule of law, emphasizing legislative transparency and an independent judiciary.
US Ambassador to Kazakhstan Larry Napper called on the countries to speed up the separation of powers in their governments, singling out many of the countries from the former Soviet Union. Napper cited concerns about the the trial of former Russian oil mogul Mikhail Khodorkovsky in particular. Napper spoke at the OSCE's annual human rights meeting being held in Poland. USInfo has more on the meeting and Napper's full comments.