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Reflecting on Chechnya

Mar 13, 2020

By Mia Speier, Max Kampelman Fellow On December 11, 1994, Russian forces advanced into Chechnya, a republic in the North Caucasus near Georgia and Azerbaijan, to stop an attempt at secession. A Chechen separatist movement started to gain momentum following the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Russians refused to allow any chance at […]


40th Anniversary of the U.S. Helsinki Commission

May 26, 2016

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, on June 3, 1976, U.S. President Gerald Ford signed into law a bill establishing the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, more commonly known as the U.S. Helsinki Commission. I bring this 40th anniversary next week to my colleagues’ attention today because the commission has played a particularly significant role […]


Atrocities in Kosovo: Shattuck and Dole Report

Sep 17, 1998

This hearing of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe is on the atrocities committed in Kosovo. The commissioners and notable guests present include: Chairman Alfonse D’Amato, Senator Frank Lautenberg, Co-Chairman Christopher H. Smith, Commissioner Benjamin Cardin, Commissioner Steny Hoyer, Congressman Benjamin Gilman, the honorable Eliot Engel, Senator Bob Dole, and Assistant Secretary of […]


Repression and Violence in Kosovo and Hearing on Kos...

Mar 18, 1998

This hearing, chaired by Commissioner Alfonse D’Amato, discussed the dire circumstances in Kosovo, specifically Serbian repression of the Kosovar Albanian majority population. In this hearing, D’Amato called for the U.S. to step up and prevent another outbreak of ethnic cleansing and achieve a peaceful resolution to the crisis. More specifically, to facilitate a lasting peace, […]

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What’s Next, Mr. Prime Minister? Democracy Han...

Sep 29, 1997

Mr. President, 5 years ago, the speaker of the Slovak Parliament, Ivan Gasparovic, described his country’s new constitution as `an expression of centuries-old emancipation efforts of the Slovak people to have a sovereign state of their own.’ He also spoke of its `supreme binding force.’ Since then, the people who present themselves as the guardians […]

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The Meaning of Yeltsin’s Veto of Russia’...

Jul 28, 1997

This briefing provided an analysis of the events surrounding President Yeltsin’s veto of the proposed law on religious organizations in Russia which would have effectively banned the activities of certain religious minority groups including Protestants and Catholics. The bill passed emphatically in both houses of the Russian Parliament, mounting great domestic pressure on the President […]

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Slovakian Human Rights Issues

Apr 22, 1997

Mr. President, I rise today to call to my colleagues’ attention to human rights developments in Slovakia. These developments point Slovakia in the opposite direction from the road their neighbors have been traveling. Their neighbors accept western values and seek integration into western institutions, developments leading to individual freedom, political democracy, and economic prosperity in […]


The Future of Chechnya

Mar 13, 1997

Former senatosr and commissionesr chaired this hearing, which focused on the efforts of the citizens in Chechnya to free themselves from Russian power. Russia’s “transgressions” against the Chechnyan populace entailed lack of recognition of international principles. More specifically, the 1994 OSCE Budapest Document, with which the Russians agreed, stipulates that each participating state will ensure […]


Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE)

Feb 20, 1997

This briefing focused on the topics of European security and NATO enlargement, specifically in terms of the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe. Elements of the treaty that remained especially important, including the goal of avoiding destabilizing concentrations of forces in Europe and the goal of creating greater transparency and promoting information exchange among […]


The Latest Crisis in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Jun 08, 1995

With Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04) presiding, this hearing focused on the continuing ethnic conflict in the former Yugoslavian country of Bosnia. This hearing was held with the events of the two weeks that preceded it in mind. More specifically, militants from Serbia had attacked UN outposts and, subsequently, had taken peacekeepers hostage.  In spite of […]

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Human Rights in Turkey

Jun 06, 1995

Sam Wise, director for international policy at the Commission, led a discussion on the human rights situation in Turkey in 1995, specifically regarding Turkey’s Kurdish minority and the human rights implications of terrorism.  Wise highlighted the human costs of both terrorism itself and efforts to combat it, which has mainly affected civilians. Panelists Akin Birdal […]



May 01, 1995

This hearing focused on the subject of the crisis in Chechnya. It was the third Helsinki Commission hearing on the disastrous policy hatched in Moscow to resolve by armed force the problem of relations between the government of the Russian Federation and Chechnya.