Press Releases
Photo Gallery

Hon. Benjamin L. Cardin, Chairman
Hon. Alcee L. Hastings, Co-Chairman
For Immediate Release
February 2, 2011


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) today condemned the recent violence in Egypt.


“After more than a week of largely peaceful demonstrations by thousands of Egyptian citizens around the country, today witnessed a brutal assault on those assembled in Cairo’s Tahrir Square by individuals identified as supporters of the current regime,” said Chairman Cardin.  “This must stop immediately, and we call on Egyptian authorities to curtail the violence and ensure the continued safety of those peaceably assembled in order to express their views.”


“We support President Obama’s call for an orderly, meaningful and peaceful transition to begin now,” said the Chairman.


Co-Chairman Hastings, who serves as the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s Special Representative for Mediterranean Affairs, said “the people of Egypt have spoken and their voices must not be silenced by violence.  The immediate and long-term stability of our important partner Egypt depends on the swift creation of an open and inclusive interim government to manage the transition to democracy.” 


“Egypt is a long-time ally of the United States and an important country in the region.  We stand ready to assist the people and the government of Egypt during this time of transition,” said the Co-Chairman.


Media Contact: Shelly Han
# # #




Citizenship and Political Rights
Conflict Prevention/Rehabilitation
Freedom of Movement
Freedom of Speech and Expression
Freedom of the Media
International Humanitarian Law
Military Aspects of Security
Right of Peaceful Assembly


Recent Press Releases

May 2016

April 2016

March 2016

February 2016

December 2015

October 2015

Click here for the previous year's Press Releases

CSCE :: Image Galleries
Please select an image gallery:
02/07/08 Anti-Semitism Hearing (Part 2) 1 Images
04/10/08 Iraqi Refugee Crisis 1 Images
Featured Photos 21 Images

Label for Featured Photo
Featured Photo
Chairman Chris Smith speaks at the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. (July 2015)