Hon. Alcee L. Hastings, Chairman
Hon. Benjamin L. Cardin, Co-Chairman
For Immediate Release
November 1, 2007
HELSINKI COMMISSION TO HOLD HEARING ON OUTSTANDING ISSUES FROM 1992-95 CONFLICT IN BOSNIA
(Washington, DC) Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL), Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission) and Co-Chairman Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), will hold a hearing entitled, “Bosnia-Herzegovina: Outstanding Issues in Post-Conflict Recovery and Reconciliation,” on Thursday, November 8 at 2:00 p.m. in room B-318 of the Rayburn House Office Building.
The hearing will focus on outstanding issues from the 1992-95 conflict, which was characterized by violent ethnic cleansing, and how they shape politics, society and economic development in Bosnia-Herzegovina today. Issues of particular interest include bringing those responsible for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide to justice, the successful return of displaced persons and refugees, and the identification of missing persons. Like virtually all European countries, Bosnia-Herzegovina has strong aspirations for European integration, but the legacy of the war has made a popular consensus to necessary reform efforts exceedingly difficult to obtain.
The following witnesses will testify at the hearing:
Dr. Raffi Gregorian, Principal Deputy High Representative and Brcko Supervisor
Office of the High Representative, Sarajevo
Ambassador Douglas Davidson, Head of Mission
OSCE Mision to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo
Mr. Adam Boys, Chief Operating Officer
International Commission on Missing Persons, Sarajevo
Professor Diane Orentlicher, Professor of Law
American University, and Special Counsel Open Society Justice Initiative, Washington, DC
The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission, is a U.S. Government agency that monitors progress in the implementation of the provisions of the 1975 Helsinki Accords. The Commission consists of nine members from the United States Senate, nine from the House of Representatives, and one member each from the Departments of State, Defense and Commerce.
Media Contact: Lale Mamaux
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Bosnia and Herzegovina
International Humanitarian Law