CSCE 114-2-1: Update on the OSCE: Religious Freedom, Anti-Semitism, and the Rule of Law, Hearing Before the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, February 11, 2016   [open pdf - 200KB]

This is the February 11, 2016 hearing on "Update on the OSCE: Religious Freedom, Anti-Semitism, and the Rule of Law" held before the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe. From the opening statement of Christopher H. Smith: "Today we'll discuss several human rights issues and human rights crises in Europe and Eurasia. With the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, many people expected that freedom, democracy and peace would spread throughout Europe and Eurasia. And I remember-I have been in Congress now for 36 years, and we all talked about the peace dividend. Unfortunately, the peace dividend was very short on dividend, and new challenges very quickly emerged. And yet now the religious freedom of Christians and people of other faiths is being regularly violated. Russia invaded its neighbor Ukraine, illegally annexed Crimea, and is fueling and funding violent proxies in Eastern Donbas region of that country. Deadly anti-Semitism is again stalking European Jewish communities. The worst refugee and migrants' crisis in Europe since World War II has engulfed the entire continent. Autocrats are using the law and acting outside the law to crush democratic opposition to their despotism." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: David Schweikert, Michael Georg Link, Benjamin L. Cardin, and Bryan Ardouny.

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