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THE CRISIS IN POLAND AND ITS EFFECTS ON THE HELSINKI PROCESS

Monday, December 28, 1981
11:00am
2221 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20002
United States
Official Transcript: 
Members: 
Name: 
Hon. Robert Dole
Title Text: 
Co-Chairman
Body: 
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Name: 
Hon. Patrick Leahy
Title Text: 
Commissioner
Body: 
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Name: 
Hon. Orrin Hatch
Title Text: 
Commissioner
Body: 
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Name: 
Hon. Don Ritter
Title Text: 
Commissioner
Body: 
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Name: 
Hon. Steven Palmer
Title Text: 
Commissioner
Body: 
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Moderator(s): 
Name: 
Spencer Oliver
Title Text: 
Staff Director/General Council
Body: 
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Witnesses: 
Name: 
Ambassador Zdzislaw Rurarz
Title: 
Former Ambassador to Japan
Body: 
Poland
Name: 
Ambassador Max Kampelman
Title: 
Chairman
Body: 
U.S. Delegation to the CSCE
Name: 
Stanislaw Baranczak
Title: 
Founder of the KOR
Body: 
Committee for the Defense of Workers
Name: 
John D. Scanlan
Title: 
Deputy Assistant Secretary for European Affairs
Body: 
Department of State
Name: 
Tom Kahn
Title: 
Assistant to the President
Body: 
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This hearing focused on the events in Poland, resulting from martial law, as direct violations of the human rights and other provisions of the Final Act and to determine what can be done to preserve human rights gains in that beleaguered country. It is clear now that the aim of this harsh crackdown was the suppression of the Polish workers' movement, Solidarity, as well as the rollback of the unprecedented political reforms and social renewal which that movement had stimulated during the past 16 months. Also discussed was the strategic importance of Poland to the U.S.S.R. and how these developments may show signs of vulnerabilities among the Soviet states.

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