Hon. Benjamin L. Cardin, Chairman
Hon. Christopher H. Smith, Co-Chairman
For Immediate Release
November 12, 2014
HELSINKI COMMISSION TO HOLD HEARING ON COMBATING CORRUPTION
WASHINGTON—The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the U.S. Helsinki Commission, today announced the following hearing:
“Combating Corruption in the OSCE Region:
The Link between Security and Good Governance”
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
Room SVC 203-202
Combating corruption is increasingly recognized as the critical factor in ensuring long-term security, because corruption creates fertile ground for social upheaval and instability. The change in government in Ukraine earlier this year is a prime example of how corruption can fuel legitimate popular discontent.
Although the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has created new tools to address corruption, tackling the problem requires more than raising awareness and sharing best practices. In many OSCE participating States, systemic issues including lack of media freedom, lack of political will, and lack of an independent judiciary contribute substantially to persistent high-level and low-level corruption.
The hearing will draw attention to the work of the OSCE in combating corruption in all 57 participating States, with a particular emphasis on the need to build effective institutions and the important role played by civil society in combatting corruption.
The following witnesses are scheduled to testify:
- Halil Yurdakul Yigitgüden, Coordinator for Economic and Environmental Affairs, OSCE
- Khadija Ismayilova, Host of "Isden Sonra" ("After Work"), RFE/RL Azerbaijani Service
- Shaazka Beyerle, Visiting Scholar at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins Universityand Senior Advisor with the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict
- Anders Åslund, Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics
Watch the hearing live.
Media Contact: Stacy Hope
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