Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe


An independant agency of the United States Government charged with monitoring and encouraging compliance with the Helsinki Final Act and other commitments of the 55 countries participating in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

Press Releases

Hon. Benjamin L. Cardin, Chairman
Hon. Alcee L. Hastings, Co-Chairman
For Immediate Release
July 21, 2009


WASHINGTON—In an effort to increase the transparency of and accessibility to the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission), news, photos and videos from the Commission are now available on some of the most popular Web sites.

The Helsinki Commission today announced the launching of Helsinki Commission pages on the social networking site facebook and the photo and video sharing sites flickr and YouTube.

Follow the action on facebook at, where you can find news updates, articles about Commission activities and other people who have already become a Commission ‘fan.’

Watch short videos on YouTube at and see Chairman Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Co-Chairman Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) and other Commissioners during their recent diplomatic travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belarus and Lithuania. Longer videos of hearings and a meeting the delegation had with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenka are also available online at

View and download official photographs from recent Commission activity at

The Commission’s main Web site -- -- remains your one-stop shop for news releases, official transcripts and Commission information. The new Web presence elsewhere is designed to reach audiences at the sites where they already are – and simplify the sharing of multimedia content with the news media and others interested in the Commission’s work.
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