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Hon. Alcee L. Hastings, Chairman
Hon. Benjamin L. Cardin, Co-Chairman
For Immediate Release
July 25, 2008


(Washington, D.C.) 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 briefing entitled, “Mongolia After the State of Emergency,” on Thursday, July 31 at 10:00 a.m. in room 1302 of the Longworth House Office Building.

The June 29th parliamentary elections in Mongolia led to riots and unrest in the capital of Ulaanbaatar. Although international election observers deemed the elections credible, a state of emergency was imposed due to the unrest and not lifted until July 6.

The briefing will examine what led to the political crisis and where Mongolia goes from here. The panelists will also discuss Mongolia’s role as an Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) Asian Partner for Cooperation as well as how their increased role on the international stage plays out domestically.


His Excellency Bekhbat Khasbazar, Ambassador of Mongolia

Ms. Erdenejargal Perenlei, Executive Director, Open Society Forum (via video conference from Ulaanbaatar)

Ms. Badamragchaa Purevdorj, Program Manager, Legal and Human Rights Programs Open Society Forum (via video conference from Ulaanbaatar)

Mr. John J. Tkacik, Jr., Senior Research Fellow in Asian Studies, The Heritage Foundation

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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