Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe


UNITED STATES HELSINKI COMMISSION

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).

Trafficking in Human Beings


2014

  • Nov 6, 2014

    Helsinki Commission Digest: Annual OSCE Human Rights Meeting Dominated by Russia and Ukraine Article
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  • Sep 22, 2014

    Helsinki Commission on Opening of Europe’s Largest Human Rights Meeting Press Release
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2013

  • Dec 19, 2013

    OSCE Adopts New Goals for the Fight Against Human Trafficking Press Release
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  • Sep 17, 2013

    OSCE Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking: Outlook and Opportunities Hearing
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  • Sep 17, 2013

    Hearing Event
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  • Sep 10, 2013

    U.S. Helsinki Commission to hold Hearing on Human Trafficking Press Release
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2012

  • Oct 10, 2012

    *Documents for the Record Submitted by the Government of the Netherlands* ( ) - Testimony
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  • Oct 5, 2012

    Hon. Christopher H. Smith (Chairman) - Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe Testimony
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  • Oct 5, 2012

    Survivor of child trafficking in Amsterdam, Netherlands ( ) - Testimony
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  • Oct 5, 2012

    Adèle van der Plas (Advocate) - BAKKER SCHUT & VAN DER PLAS Testimony
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  • Oct 5, 2012

    Klaas Langendoen (Former Chief of Criminal Intelligence Services for the Netherlands) - Private Investegator Testimony
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  • Oct 4, 2012

    Chairman Smith Calls on Dutch Government to Conduct Thorough Investigation of Child Sex Trafficking Allegations Press Release
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  • Oct 4, 2012

    Listening to Victims of Child Sex Trafficking Briefing
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  • Feb 28, 2012

    Live Webcast and Witness added: U.S. Helsinki Commission to hold Hearing on Missing Persons with Queen Noor Press Release
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  • Feb 15, 2012

    Violence Against Roma Event
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2011

  • Nov 4, 2011

    Hon. Christopher H. Smith (Chairman ) - Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe Testimony
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  • Nov 4, 2011

    Hon. Marco Rubio (Commissioner) - Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe Testimony
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  • Nov 4, 2011

    Hon. Benjamin L. Cardin (Co-Chairman) - Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe Testimony
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  • Nov 2, 2011

    Hearing on Human Trafficking and Transnational Organized Crime Event
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  • Nov 2, 2011

    Human Trafficking and Transnational Organized Crime Hearing
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  • May 23, 2011

    Labor Trafficking in Troubled Economic Times: Protecting American Jobs and Migrant Human Rights Hearing
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  • May 23, 2011

    Hearing on Labor Trafficking Event
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  • May 23, 2011

    Smith Chairs Hearing on Human Trafficking in a Troubled Economy Press Release
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  • May 19, 2011

    Helsinki Commission to Hold Hearing on Labor Trafficking Press Release
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  • Jan 28, 2011

    The Year in Review: The 2010 Supplementary Human Dimension Meetings Article
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2010

  • Dec 8, 2010

    The Western Balkans: Developments in 2010 and Hopes for the Future Hearing
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  • Dec 8, 2010

    Hearing on Challenges in Western Balkans Event
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  • Dec 8, 2010

    Helsinki Commission Hearing Focuses on U.S. Support for Western Balkan Countries Press Release
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  • Dec 2, 2010

    Commission to Hold Hearing on Challenges in Western Balkans Press Release
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  • Nov 15, 2010

    Watch now: The Helsinki Commission Story Press Release
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  • Sep 22, 2010

    Senate Committee Passes Cardin, Boxer, Brownback Bill Addressing Child Trafficking Press Release
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  • Aug 2, 2010

    Statement on a resolution marking the 35th anniversary of the signing of the Helsinki Final Act Statement
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  • Jul 16, 2010

    Helsinki Commission Calls for Increased Efforts to Combat Demand that Encourages Human Trafficking Press Release
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  • Jul 15, 2010

    Hon. Benjamin L. Cardin (Chairman) - Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe Testimony
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  • Jul 15, 2010

    Hon. Alcee L. Hastings (Co-Chairman) - Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe Testimony
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  • Jul 15, 2010

    Amb. Luis CdeBaca (Ambassador-at-Large) - Department of State Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons Testimony
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  • Jul 15, 2010

    Dr. Maria Grazia Giammarinaro (OSCE Special Representative and Co-ordinator) - Office for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings Testimony
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  • Jul 15, 2010

    Ms. Jolene Smith (CEO and Co-Founder) - Free the Slaves Testimony
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  • Jul 15, 2010

    Ms. Holly Burkhalter (Vice President for Government Relations ) - International Justice Mission Testimony
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  • Jul 15, 2010

    Hon. Laura Richardson (Member of Congress) - U.S. House of Representative Testimony
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  • Jul 15, 2010

    OSCE Parlimentary Assembly Session in Oslo Statement
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  • Jul 14, 2010

    A Decade of the Trafficking in Persons Report Hearing
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  • Jul 5, 2010

    Senator Cardin to Lead Congressional Delegation to Norway Press Release
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  • Jun 14, 2010

    Helsinki Commission to hold Inter-Parliament Cooperation Hearing Press Release
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  • Jun 14, 2010

    Legislation, Leadership Needed to Fight Human Trafficking Press Release
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  • Apr 21, 2010

    2009 OSCE Mediterranean Conference in Cairo is a Success: Highlights Importance of Revisiting Annual Conference Administration Article
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  • Mar 26, 2010

    Cardin, Brownback and Boxer Introduce Bill to Prevent Child Trafficking Press Release
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  • Feb 2, 2010

    Commission Calls for Kazakhstan to Lead OSCE by Example Press Release
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2009

  • Dec 30, 2009

    Corruption: A Problem that Spans the OSCE Region and Dimensions Article
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  • Jun 16, 2009

    Commission Leadership Calls News Trafficking Report a Vital Tool of Diplomacy Press Release
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  • May 20, 2009

    U.S. Helsinki Commission Chairman Cardin and Co-Chairman Hastings Welcome House Appointees Press Release
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2008

  • Nov 18, 2008

    Report on the OSCE’s 2008 Human Dimension Implementation Meeting Article
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  • Sep 8, 2008

    Iraqi Refugees: A Humanitarian Surge Is Needed for an ‘Invisible’ Humanitarian Crisis Article
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  • Aug 11, 2008

    OSCE 101: Briefing for Civil Society Press Release
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  • Feb 27, 2008

    Finnish OSCE Chairman-in-Office Outlines Priorities, Challenges for 2008 Article
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2007

  • Dec 4, 2007

    William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2007 Statement
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  • Nov 5, 2007

    OSCE Chairman Addresses Helsinki Commission in Advance of Madrid Ministerial Article
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  • Oct 18, 2007

    Helsinki Commission Holds Hearing with OSCE PA President Göran Lennmarker Press Release
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  • Oct 18, 2007

    Parliamentary Perspective of Challenges Facing Today’s Europe Hearing
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  • Oct 15, 2007

    Hon. Alcee L. Hastings (Chairman) - Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe Testimony
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  • Oct 15, 2007

    Ambassador Mark P. Lagon (Deputy Assistant Secretary) - Bureau of International Organization Affairs Testimony
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  • Oct 15, 2007

    Ms. Charlotte M. Ponticelli (Deputy Undersecretary for International Affairs) - U.S. Department of Labor Testimony
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  • Oct 15, 2007

    Mr. Michael E. Feinberg (Acting Director, Office of International Affairs) - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement; Department of Homeland Security Testimony
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  • Oct 15, 2007

    Ms. Eva Biaudet (OSCE Special Representative; Coordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings) - OSCE Testimony
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  • Oct 15, 2007

    Mr. Roger Plant (Head, Special Action Programme to Combat Forced Labour) - Programme on Promoting the Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work Testimony
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  • Oct 15, 2007

    Dr. Kevin Bales (President) - Free the Slaves Testimony
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  • Oct 11, 2007

    Combating Trafficking for Forced Labor Purposes in the OSCE Region Hearing
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  • Oct 11, 2007

    Hastings and McIntyre Address Global Labor Trafficking Crisis Press Release
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  • Oct 11, 2007

    U.S. Helsinki Commission to Hold Labor Trafficking Hearing Event
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  • Oct 9, 2007

    U.S. Helsinki Commission to Host Screening of the Film TRADE Event
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  • Oct 5, 2007

    U.S. Helsinki Commission to Hold Labor Trafficking Hearing Press Release
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  • Oct 4, 2007

    U.S. Helsinki Commission to Host Screening of the Film TRADE Press Release
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  • Jul 24, 2007

    Helsinki Commissioners Call on President to Impose Sanctions on Governments Failing to Combat Human Trafficking Press Release
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  • Jun 13, 2007

    Hastings Lauds State Department’s Report on Human Trafficking Press Release
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  • May 29, 2007

    Ernest E. Allen (President and CEO) - International Center for Missing and Exploited Children Testimony
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  • May 22, 2007

    Bruce A. Hintz (U.S. Department of Justice Liason for Assistance to Europe and Eurasia) - U.S. Department of State Testimony
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  • May 22, 2007

    Hon. Alcee L. Hastings (Chairman) - Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe Testimony
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  • May 22, 2007

    Iva Zajmi (Deputy Minister of Interior and National Coordinator to Combat Human Trafficking in Albania) - Government of Albania Testimony
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  • May 22, 2007

    Combating Trafficking in Persons in Albania Briefing
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  • May 22, 2007

    Briefing on Albania Event
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  • May 17, 2007

    Helsinki Commission Announces Briefing on Efforts to Combat Trafficking in Persons in Albania Press Release
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  • Jan 9, 2007

    OSCE Ministers Urge Concerted Action to Combat Sexual Exploitation of Children Article
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2006

  • Sep 27, 2006

    Protecting Children: The Battle Against Child Pornography and Other Forms of Sexual Exploitation Hearing
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  • Sep 22, 2006

    Helsinki Commission to Hold Hearing on Combating the Sexual Exploitation of Children Press Release
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  • Jul 7, 2006

    OSCE States Encouraged to Intensify Efforts to Combat Child Pornography Press Release
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  • Jun 15, 2006

    Human Rights, Democracy, and Integration in South Central Europe Hearing
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  • Jun 7, 2006

    Helsinki Commission to Hold Hearing on South Central Europe Press Release
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2005

  • Dec 17, 2005

    Accountability of Those Serving in International Forces and Missions Statement
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  • Dec 14, 2005

    Remarks by Christopher H. Smith on the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2005 Statement
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  • Dec 14, 2005

    Remarks by Benjamin L. Cardin on the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2005 Statement
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  • Dec 7, 2005

    Helsinki Commission Co-Chairman Praises OSCE Decision on Peacekeeping and Human Trafficking Press Release
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  • Aug 19, 2005

    American Agenda Moves Forward at the 14th Annual OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Article
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  • Jul 4, 2005

    Helsinki Commission Co-Chairman’s Resolution on Combating Trafficking in Human Beings by Peacekeeping Forces Adopted by OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Press Release
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  • Jun 13, 2005

    Helsinki Commission Shines Spotlight on Human Trafficking in America Press Release
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  • Jun 10, 2005

    Examining Efforts to Eradicate Human Trafficking Statement
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  • Jun 7, 2005

    Exploiting Americans on American Soil: Domestic Trafficking Exposed Hearing
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  • Jun 3, 2005

    State Department Releases 2005 Trafficking Report Press Release
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  • Jun 2, 2005

    Helsinki Commission to Explore Human Trafficking in the United States Press Release
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  • May 5, 2005

    OSCE Anti-Trafficking Commitments Article
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  • Mar 9, 2005

    Combating Human Trafficking: Achieving Zero Tolerance Statement
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  • Mar 4, 2005

    Helsinki Commission Leaders Visit Ukraine Article
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  • Feb 25, 2005

    Helsinki Commission Co-Chairman Smith Addresses Problem of Prostitution and Human Trafficking Press Release
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  • Feb 17, 2005

    Introduction of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2005 Statement
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2004

  • Dec 15, 2004

    Helsinki Commission, House Armed Services Committee Examine Trafficking in Persons Article
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  • Oct 4, 2004

    Helsinki Commission Holds Hearing on Advancing Democracy in Albania Article
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  • Sep 21, 2004

    Joint Issue Forum with the House Committee on Armed Services: Enforcing U.S. Policies Against Trafficking in Persons: How is the U.S. Military Doing? Briefing
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  • Sep 15, 2004

    Hearing: Advancing U.S. Interests Through the OSCE Hearing
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  • Sep 14, 2004

    Helsinki Commission Chairman Delivers Remarks on Ukraine Press Release
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  • Sep 14, 2004

    Helsinki Commission, House Armed Services Committee Review Defense Department Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking Press Release
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  • Sep 9, 2004

    Helsinki Commission Hearing: Advancing U.S. Interests through the OSCE Press Release
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  • Aug 31, 2004

    OSCE Economic Forum Focuses on Investment and Small Business Development Article
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  • Aug 6, 2004

    U.S. Delegation Makes Major Contributions to OSCE PA Annual Session in Edinburgh Article
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  • Jul 20, 2004

    Hearing: Advancing Democracy in Albania Hearing
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  • Jul 16, 2004

    Uzbekistan’s Human Rights Record Spurs State Department De-Certification Article
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  • Jul 14, 2004

    Advancing Democracy in Albania Focus of Helsinki Commission Hearing Press Release
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  • Jun 24, 2004

    Hearing: Uzbekistan: Stifled Democracy, Human Rights in Decline Hearing
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  • Jun 18, 2004

    Democracy and Human Rights in Uzbekistan Focus of Helsinki Commission Hearing Press Release
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  • Apr 20, 2004

    Helsinki Commissioners Active at Parliamentary Assembly Winter Meeting Article
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  • Mar 31, 2004

    OSCE Commitments on Trafficking in Human Beings - Russian Article
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  • Mar 2, 2004

    Chairman Smith Appointed as OSCE PA Special Representative on Human Trafficking Press Release
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  • Mar 2, 2004

    Montenegro's Efforts to Combat Trafficking in Persons Statement
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  • Feb 26, 2004

    Hearing: The Bulgarian Leadership of the OSCE Hearing
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  • Feb 20, 2004

    Chairman Addresses All-Russian National Assembly on Combating Human Trafficking Press Release
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  • Feb 20, 2004

    Helsinki Chairman Addresses All-Russian National Assembly on Combating Human Trafficking (Russian) Article
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  • Feb 19, 2004

    Helsinki Commission Hearing Reviews Bulgaria’s Leadership of the OSCE Press Release
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  • Feb 10, 2004

    Moscow Should Engage the OSCE in Resolving the Chechen Problem Press Release
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  • Jan 16, 2004

    Strong Substance, Potent Politics Mark Historic Maastricht OSCE Ministerial Council Article
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2003

  • Dec 10, 2003

    Helsinki Commission Members Engage Government Leaders at Annual Human Rights Review Article
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  • Dec 3, 2003

    Commission Hearing Looked Ahead to Maastricht Ministerial Article
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  • Nov 26, 2003

    Helsinki Commission Reviews OSCE Dutch Leadership Article
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  • Oct 27, 2003

    Briefing: OSCE Police-Related Activities Briefing
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  • Sep 3, 2003

    Hearing: The Dutch Leadership of the OSCE Hearing
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  • Aug 28, 2003

    Helsinki Commission Hearing Reviews Dutch Leadership of the OSCE Press Release
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  • Aug 27, 2003

    U.S. Delegation Active in OSCE PA Rotterdam Annual Session Article
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  • Jun 27, 2003

    H.R. 2620: Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act Statement
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  • Jun 11, 2003

    Helsinki Commission Leader Outraged as Montenegro Prosecutor Drops Charges in Human Trafficking Case Press Release
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  • Jun 4, 2003

    Briefing: Democracy, Human Rights and Justice in Serbia Today Briefing
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  • May 28, 2003

    War Crimes Prosecution, Human Rights in Serbia Focus of Helsinki Commission Briefing Press Release
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  • May 13, 2003

    Commissioners Inquire of Administration Efforts to Combat Prostitution, Human Trafficking in Post-Conflict Iraq Press Release
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  • May 13, 2003

    Full Text of Commission Letter to Deputy Secretary Armitage Press Release
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  • Feb 10, 2003

    Moscow Should Engage the OSCE in Resolving the Chechen Problem (Russian) Article
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2002

  • Nov 8, 2002

    Turkey’s Post-Election Future Focus of Helsinki Commission Briefing Press Release
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  • Oct 10, 2002

    Hearing: U.S. Policy Toward the OSCE Hearing
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  • Sep 20, 2002

    Helsinki Commission Releases U.S. Statement on Trafficking in Human Beings at OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting Press Release
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  • Jun 20, 2002

    Hearing: Human Rights in Greece: A Snapshot of the Cradle of Democracy Hearing
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  • Jun 12, 2002

    Human Rights in Greece Subject of Commission Hearing Press Release
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  • Jun 5, 2002

    Smith Holds Press Conference on Second Annual Human Trafficking Report Press Release
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  • Jun 4, 2002

    Commission Hearing Examines Cooperation in the War on Terrorism in the OSCE Region Article
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  • May 23, 2002

    Joseph Limprecht, U.S. Ambassador to Albania Statement
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2001

  • Dec 13, 2001

    Ambassador Stephan H. Minikes Statement
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  • Nov 29, 2001

    Fighting the Scourge of Trafficking in Women and Children Statement
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  • Oct 31, 2001

    Hearing: Romania's Chairmanship of the OSCE Hearing
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  • Oct 3, 2001

    Hearing: U.S. Policy Toward OSCE Hearing
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  • Sep 26, 2001

    Helsinki Commission Releases U.S. Statement on Trafficking in Human Beings at OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting Press Release
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  • Sep 25, 2001

    Hearing: Moldova: Are the Russian Troops Really Leaving? Hearing
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  • Sep 7, 2001

    Briefing: Domestic Violence in the OSCE Region Briefing
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  • Sep 5, 2001

    Hearing: Civilian Police and Police Training in Post-Conflict OSCE Areas Hearing
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  • Sep 5, 2001

    Helsinki Commission Hearing Examines International Civilian Policing Efforts Press Release
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  • Aug 24, 2001

    Helsinki Commissioners Play Key Role in United States Delegation to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Article
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  • Jul 27, 2001

    Romania's Chairmanship of OSCE Statement
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  • Jul 17, 2001

    Commission Members Contribute to Successful Parliamentary Assembly Session Press Release
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  • Jul 13, 2001

    Helsinki Commissioners Praise First Annual Report on Trafficking in Persons Press Release
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  • Jul 12, 2001

    Smith Hails Success at Parliamentary Assembly Press Release
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  • Jun 5, 2001

    South Eastern Europe Regional Conference on Trafficking in Human Beings Statement
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  • May 2, 2001

    Hearing: Ukraine at the Crossroads: Ten Years After Independence Hearing
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  • Jan 31, 2001

    Geoana Discusses OSCE Priorities with Helsinki Commission Leaders Press Release
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2000

  • Oct 5, 2000

    Conference Report on H. R. 3244 Statement
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  • Sep 1, 2000

    Report: U.S. Statements at the 1999 OSCE Review Conference Article
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  • Jul 27, 2000

    Hearing: Milosevic's Crackdown in Serbia and Threat to Montenegro Hearing
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  • Jul 15, 2000

    OSCE PA Delegation Trip Report Statement
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  • Jun 13, 2000

    Hearing: Bosnia's Future Under the Dayton Agreement Hearing
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  • May 9, 2000

    Helsinki Commissioners Hail Passage of Legislation to Combat Trafficking in Human Beings Press Release
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  • Feb 1, 2000

    Hearing: Promoting and Protecting Democracy in Montenegro Hearing
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1999

  • Nov 19, 1999

    Helsinki Commission Efforts Reflected in Istanbul Charter Press Release
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  • Nov 17, 1999

    Commissioners: “Mrs. Clinton, Support the ‘Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 1999’ as an Example in Istanbul!” Press Release
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  • Jul 15, 1999

    OSCE PA Delegation Trip Report Statement
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  • Jun 28, 1999

    Commission Chairman: “It’s Time to Declare War on Sex Traffickers” Press Release
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  • Jun 28, 1999

    Hearing: The Sex Trade: Trafficking of Women and Children in Europe and the United States Hearing
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