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Washington, D.C. 20515-6460
Hon. Christopher H. Smith, Chairman
Hon. Benjamin L. Cardin, Co-Chairman
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Media Contact: Neil Simon
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April 22, 2010

HEARING ON REVENUE TRANSPARENCY AND HUMAN RIGHTS


WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission), and Co-Chairman Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) will hold a hearing:

“The Link between Revenue Transparency and Human Rights”

Thursday, April 22

2:30 p.m.

Room 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building


This hearing will focus on programs that support revenue transparency, such as the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), and their ability to improve human rights in resource-rich countries. One of the hallmarks of EITI is the equal seat that civil society is given at the table with government and industry through the multi-stakeholder working group. Questions remain, however, as to the real role civil society is being allowed to play, and whether or not this increased role for civil society and the increased transparency of payments will translate into concrete improvements in the implementing countries.

The following witnesses are scheduled to testify:

Panel 1

Mr. Daniel Baer, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, State Department

Panel 2

Mr. Max Bokayev, Chairman, Kazakhstan-based NGO “Arlan”

Mr. Ian Gary, Senior Policy Advisor for Extractive Industries, Oxfam America

Mr. Anthony Richter, Chairman, Governing Board, Revenue Watch Institute and EITI Board Member


Countries

Azerbaijan
Belarus
Georgia
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Mongolia
Russian Federation
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan
Ukraine
United States of America
Uzbekistan

Issues

Combating Corruption
Economic Cooperation
Environment
Freedom of Association
Freedom of Speech and Expression
Freedom of the Media


   
 

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