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Anti-Semitism, Racism and Discrimination in the OSCE Region

Members

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Sen. Ben Cardin

Chairman

Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe

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Rep. Steny Hoyer

House Democratic Whip

U.S. House of Representatives

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Rep. Alcee Hastings

Ranking Member

Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe

Witnesses

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Rabbi Andrew Baker

Personal Representative of the CiO on Combating Anti-Semitism

Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe

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Alexey Avtonomov

Personal Representative of the CiO on Racism, Xenophobia and Discrimination, also focusing on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians and Members of Other Religions

Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe

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Professor Talip Kucukcan

Personal Representative of the CiO on Combating Intolerance against Muslims

Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe

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Azra Junuzovic

Deputy Chief of Tolerance and Non-Discrimination Unit

Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe

This briefing was attended by  the Hon. Benjamin L. Cardin, Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission); the Hon. Alcee Hastings, Ranking Member of the Helsinki Commission; the Hon. John Boozman, Commissioner of the Helsinki Commission; and the Hon. Steny Hoyer, Member of Congress from the State of Maryland.

Witnesses included: Rabbi Andrew Baker, Personal Representative of the CiO on Combating Anti-Semitism; Alexey Avtonomov, Personal Representative of the CiO on Racism, Xenophobia and Discrimination, also focusing on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians and Members of Other Religions at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe; Prof. Talip Kucukcan, Personal Representative of the CiO on Combating Intolerance against Muslims at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe; and Azra Junuzovic, Deputy Chief of Tolerance and Non-Discrimination Unit at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Following an escalation of anti-Semitic hate crimes a decade ago, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) intensified efforts to combat prejudice and discrimination throughout Eurasia and North America. Since 2004, three Personal Representatives have been appointed annually by the OSCE Chair-in-Office (then Switzerland) to address anti-Semitism; racism, xenophobia, and discrimination including against Christians and members of other religions; and intolerance and discrimination against Muslims. In an official joint visit to the United States, the Personal Representatives will address progress and ongoing challenges in the OSCE region a decade after the creation of their positions.

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