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).

Belarus


2014

  • Dec 17, 2014

    Premiere Screening of "The Gang" Event
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  • Dec 10, 2014

    U.S. Helsinki Commission to Host Premiere Screening of "The Gang" Press Release
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  • Nov 6, 2014

    Helsinki Commission Digest: Annual OSCE Human Rights Meeting Dominated by Russia and Ukraine Article
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2012

  • Apr 17, 2012

    Chairman Smith Responds to Release of Two Belarusian Political Prisoners—Calls for Increased Efforts to Secure the Release of Others Press Release
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  • Mar 29, 2012

    Commemorating Belarusan Independence by Fighting for Human Rights in Belarus Statement
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  • Mar 28, 2012

    Chairman Smith’s Bill Promoting Online Freedom Is Passed by Key House Subcommittee Press Release
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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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2011

  • Dec 20, 2011

    Chairman Smith’s Belarus Democracy and Human Rights Act of 2011 Passes, Goes to White House Press Release
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  • Dec 19, 2011

    Chairman Smith Calls for Final Passage of Belarus Democracy and Human Rights Act of 2011 Press Release
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  • Dec 16, 2011

    Chairman Smith to Hold Press Conference on Belarus Press Release
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  • Dec 16, 2011

    Chairman Smith Statement on One Year Since Brutal Election Crackdown in Belarus Press Release
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  • Nov 15, 2011

    Belarus: The Ongoing Crackdown and Forces for Change Hearing
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  • Nov 8, 2011

    U.S. Helsinki Commission to Hold Hearing on Belarus Press Release
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  • Jul 29, 2011

    U.S. Helsinki Commission Welcomes Recognition of Romani Victims of Nazi Genocide; Urges Other European Nations to Act Press Release
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  • Jul 28, 2011

    U.S. Policy and the OSCE: Making Good on Commitments Hearing
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  • Jul 7, 2011

    House OK’s Smith Bill on Belarus Press Release
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  • Apr 15, 2011

    Chairman Smith’s Bill on Belarus Clears Committee Press Release
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  • Apr 1, 2011

    Chairman Smith: “Belarus – ‘Europe’s Last Dictatorship’ – Must Stop Crushing the Human Rights of Its People" Press Release
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  • Feb 16, 2011

    Lithuania’s Leadership of the OSCE Hearing
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  • Jan 20, 2011

    Commissioners Concerned with Post-Election Repression in Belarus Press Release
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  • Jan 6, 2011

    Belarusian Regime Resolutely Dashes Any Hopes for Democratic Liberalization Article
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2010

  • Dec 21, 2010

    Helsinki Commission Condemns Violence Amid Elections in Belarus Press Release
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  • Nov 30, 2010

    Cardin: OSCE Summit an Opportunity for Clinton, Kazakhstan on Human Rights Press Release
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  • Nov 15, 2010

    Watch now: The Helsinki Commission Story Press Release
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  • Nov 1, 2010

    OSCE 2010 Informal Ministerial: Kazakhstan Persistence earns a Summit in Astana Article
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  • Sep 22, 2010

    Senate Committee Passes Cardin, Boxer, Brownback Bill Addressing Child Trafficking Press Release
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  • Aug 3, 2010

    Commission Marks 35 Years of Helsinki Final Act 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 27, 2010

    Copenhagen Anniversary Conference: 20 Years of the Copenhagen Document Article
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  • Jun 14, 2010

    Legislation, Leadership Needed to Fight Human Trafficking Press Release
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  • Jun 9, 2010

    Cardin, Hastings to Introduce Resolution Protecting Media Freedom Press Release
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  • May 4, 2010

    Commissioners Call for Political Leadership to Prevent Inter-Ethnic Conflicts Press Release
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  • May 4, 2010

    Mitigating Inter-Ethnic Conflict in the OSCE Region Hearing
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  • May 4, 2010

    Hearing on Inter-Ethnic Conflict Event
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  • May 3, 2010

    Cardin, Hastings Denounce Reprisals, Restrictions on Free Media Press Release
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  • Apr 27, 2010

    Helsinki Commission to Hold Hearing on Inter-Ethnic Conflict Press Release
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  • Apr 22, 2010

    Hearing on Revenue Transparency and Human Rights Event
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  • Apr 19, 2010

    Commission to Hold Hearing on Revenue Transparency and Human Rights Press Release
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  • Mar 15, 2010

    State Department Human Rights Reports Statement
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  • Feb 2, 2010

    Commission Calls for Kazakhstan to Lead OSCE by Example Press Release
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  • Jan 28, 2010

    ROOM CHANGE: Hearing on Kazakhstan’s Leadership of the OSCE 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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  • Nov 4, 2009

    “Where Walls Still Stand” -- Commission Marks 20th Anniversary of Fall of Berlin Wall Press Release
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  • Oct 28, 2009

    Hearing on U.S. Policy toward OSCE Event
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  • Oct 26, 2009

    Cardin, Hastings Seek to Improve International Religious Freedom Press Release
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  • Oct 22, 2009

    Helsinki Commission to Hold Hearing on U.S. Policy Toward OSCE Press Release
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  • Sep 17, 2009

    U.S. Helsinki Commission Statement upon Administration Decision on Missile Defense Press Release
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  • Aug 18, 2009

    Commission Plays Leading Role at Parliamentary Assembly in Lithuania Article
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  • Jun 30, 2009

    Cardin, U.S. Delegation Secure Release of U.S. Prisoner in Belarus Press Release
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  • Jun 22, 2009

    Cardin, Hastings to Lead Congressional Delegation to Balkans, Baltics Press Release
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  • Feb 11, 2009

    Belarus Imprisonment Statement
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2008

  • Nov 18, 2008

    Report on the OSCE’s 2008 Human Dimension Implementation Meeting Article
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  • Oct 24, 2008

    Belarus’ Parliamentary Elections Fail to Meet OSCE Democratic Election Commitments Article
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  • Sep 24, 2008

    Helsinki Commission: Belarus Still Lacking Progress in Human Rights and Democracy in Run Up to Election Press Release
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  • Sep 16, 2008

    Hearing on Upcoming Elections in Belarus Event
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  • Sep 16, 2008

    Business as Usual? Belarus on the Eve of Elections Hearing
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  • Sep 9, 2008

    Helsinki Commission to Hold Hearing on Upcoming Elections in Belarus Press Release
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  • Aug 11, 2008

    OSCE 101: Briefing for Civil Society Press Release
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  • May 15, 2008

    Concern about Treatment of U.S. Citizen in Belarusian Detention Statement
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  • Jan 15, 2008

    Human Rights and Democracy in Belarus Off to Discouraging Start in the New Year Statement
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2007

  • Dec 12, 2007

    Hastings Outraged by Merciless Attack on Belarus’ Young Front Leader Zmitser Fedaruk Press Release
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  • Dec 4, 2007

    The Future Belarus: Democracy or Dictatorship? Briefing
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  • Dec 4, 2007

    Helsinki Commission to Hold Briefing with Leading Belarusian Democracy and Human Right Activists Event
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  • Nov 27, 2007

    Helsinki Commission to Hold Briefing with Leading Belarusian Democracy and Human Rights Activists Press Release
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  • Jun 25, 2007

    Pipeline Politics: Achieving Energy Security in the OSCE Region Hearing
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2006

  • Dec 7, 2006

    Belarus Democracy Reauthorization Act of 2006 Statement
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  • Jul 27, 2006

    Belarus Democracy Reauthorization Act of 2006 Statement
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  • Apr 25, 2006

    The Legacy of Chornobyl: Health and Safety 20 Years Later Hearing
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  • Apr 25, 2006

    Helsinki Commission Reviews Long-term Health and Safety Issues from Chornobyl Disaster Press Release
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  • Apr 20, 2006

    From the Maidan to Main Street Article
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  • Apr 19, 2006

    Chornobyl: Consequences and Responses Press Release
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  • Mar 17, 2006

    Bush Administration Report Reveals Lukashenka’s Links to Rogue Regimes and Corruption Press Release
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  • Mar 17, 2006

    Belarusian Election Turning Into a Farce Press Release
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  • Mar 14, 2006

    Commission Warns Belarus of Repercussions for Crackdown on Opposition Press Release
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  • Mar 10, 2006

    Helsinki Commission Probes Belarus’ Elections Press Release
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  • Mar 9, 2006

    Freedom Denied: Belarus on the Eve of the Election Hearing
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  • Feb 24, 2006

    Belarus: Freedom Denied? Press Release
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  • Feb 1, 2006

    Democracy in Belarus Briefing
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  • Jan 25, 2006

    Helsinki Commission Turns Spotlight on Belarus Press Release
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2005

  • Dec 6, 2005

    Riding Roughshod Over Rights in Belarus Statement
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  • Nov 30, 2005

    Helsinki Commissioners Release Letter Denouncing Russian NGO Legislation Press Release
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  • Nov 8, 2005

    Helsinki Commissioners Praise State Department Report, Say Religious Freedom "Endangered" Press Release
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  • Jun 10, 2005

    Examining Efforts to Eradicate Human Trafficking Statement
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  • May 4, 2005

    Helsinki Commission Members Alarmed by Threats to "Cowshed" Church in Belarus Press Release
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  • Mar 4, 2005

    Belarus--Outpost of Tyranny Statement
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  • Mar 1, 2005

    Helsinki Commission Hearing Reviews Security and Human Rights Challenges in Europe and Beyond Press Release
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  • Mar 1, 2005

    Resolute in Russia Press Release
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  • Jan 13, 2005

    Democracy in the CIS Press Release
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2004

  • Nov 24, 2004

    U.S. Helsinki Commission Leaders Decry Widespread Fraud in Ukrainian Elections Press Release
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  • Nov 10, 2004

    Ukraine Presidential Election Focus of Helsinki Commission Briefing Press Release
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  • Nov 10, 2004

    Europe's Largest Annual Human Dimension Meeting Closes with Appeal from NGOs Article
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  • Nov 9, 2004

    Helsinki Commission Staff Observe Farcical Belarus Elections Article
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  • Oct 21, 2004

    President Bush Signs Belarus Democracy Act on Heels of Rigged Elections and Referendum Press Release
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  • Oct 14, 2004

    Europe's Largest Human Rights Meeting Concludes Press Release
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  • Oct 7, 2004

    Supporting Democracy in Belarus Statement
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  • Oct 5, 2004

    Belarus Democracy Act Unanimously Passes U.S. House Press Release
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  • Oct 4, 2004

    Belarus Democracy Act of 2004 Statement
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  • Sep 29, 2004

    Helsinki Commission Chairman Delivers Remarks on Belarus, Ukraine Elections Press Release
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  • Jul 28, 2004

    CIS Response Letter to Mr. Lukashenka (Belarus) Article
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  • Jul 28, 2004

    Helsinki Commission Leadership Engage Heads of Nine CIS Countries Article
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  • Jul 22, 2004

    Urging the Government of Belarus to Ensure Democratic, Transparent, and Fair Election Process Statement
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  • Mar 25, 2004

    Opposition Under Attack in Belarus Statement
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  • Feb 26, 2004

    Hearing: The Bulgarian Leadership of the OSCE Hearing
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  • Feb 11, 2004

    Belarusian Authorities Continue to Stifle Democracy Statement
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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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  • Nov 26, 2003

    Helsinki Commission Reviews OSCE Dutch Leadership Article
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  • Nov 25, 2003

    Further Assault Against Activists in Belarus Article
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  • Oct 16, 2003

    Commission Members Address OSCE Meeting Press Release
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  • Sep 9, 2003

    Hearing: U.S. Policy Toward the OSCE Hearing
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  • Sep 4, 2003

    U.S. Policy Under Review by Helsinki Commission Press Release
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  • Sep 3, 2003

    Hearing: The Dutch Leadership of the OSCE Hearing
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  • Jul 15, 2003

    Floor Statement in Support of H.R. 1950, the Foreign Relations Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2004 and 2005 - Rep. Smith Statement
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  • Jun 24, 2003

    Repression Spreading in Belarus Statement
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  • Jun 5, 2003

    Hearing: Arming Rogue Regimes: The Role of OSCE Participating States Hearing
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  • May 30, 2003

    Arming Rogue Regimes & Terrorists Focus of Helsinki Commission Hearing Press Release
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  • May 23, 2003

    Helsinki Commission Members Seek Broad Human Rights Dialogue for Bush Meetings with European Leaders Press Release
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  • May 23, 2003

    Full Text of Helsinki Commission Letter to President Bush Press Release
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  • May 9, 2003

    Human Rights in Belarus and Russia Statement
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  • May 8, 2003

    Co-Chairman Smith Hails Incorporation of Key Provisions of Belarus Democracy Act into Foreign Relations Act Press Release
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  • Apr 30, 2003

    Murdered and Imprisoned Journalists Remembered on World Press Freedom Day Press Release
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  • Apr 11, 2003

    Regime Targets Independent Media in Belarus Statement
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  • Apr 3, 2003

    Belarus Democracy Act of 2003 Moves Closer to Passage Press Release
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  • Mar 27, 2003

    Helsinki Commission Leaders Introduce “Belarus Democracy Act of 2003” Press Release
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  • Mar 25, 2003

    Belarus Democracy Act 2003 Statement
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  • Feb 13, 2003

    Introduction of Belarus Democracy Act 2003 Statement
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  • Feb 10, 2003

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

  • Dec 31, 2002

    Democracy and Human Rights Trends in Eurasia and East Europe: A Decade of Membership in the Organization (Report Only) Article
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  • Nov 14, 2002

    Co-Chairman Smith's Submitted Statement to New Atlantic Initiative Conference on Belarus Press Release
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  • Nov 13, 2002

    Situation in Belarus Continues to Deteriorate Statement
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  • Oct 10, 2002

    Hearing: U.S. Policy Toward the OSCE Hearing
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  • Oct 7, 2002

    Belarus Religion Law Prompts Reaction from Helsinki Commission Co-Chairman Press Release
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  • Aug 5, 2002

    “Shock”in United States Congress as Belarus Authorities Bulldoze New Church Press Release
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  • Jun 27, 2002

    Introduction of Belarus Democracy Act Statement
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  • May 8, 2002

    Hearing: International Cooperation in the War on Terrorism Hearing
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  • Jan 24, 2002

    Belarus - Opportunities Squandered Statement
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2001

  • Sep 14, 2001

    Missed Opportunity in Belarus Article
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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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  • Aug 9, 2001

    Prospects Fade for Free and Fair Belarus Elections Press Release
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  • Jul 20, 2001

    Co-Chairman Smith Urges President to Raise Belarus Human Rights Concerns at G-8 Summit Press Release
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  • Jul 20, 2001

    Statement by Co-Chairman Rep. Christopher H. Smith Press Release
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  • Jul 18, 2001

    "Disappeared" Belarusian Opposition Leaders Statement
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  • Jul 13, 2001

    Helsinki Commissioners Praise First Annual Report on Trafficking in Persons Press Release
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  • May 10, 2001

    Democracy Under Siege in Belarus Statement
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  • Apr 5, 2001

    Atmosphere of Trust Missing in Belarus Statement
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2000

  • Oct 26, 2000

    H.Con.Res. 433 Regarding Belarus Statement
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  • Oct 19, 2000

    Democracy Denied in Belarus Statement
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  • Oct 19, 2000

    Senate Concurrent Resolution 153 Statement
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  • Oct 13, 2000

    Flawed Elections in Belarus Statement
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  • Sep 29, 2000

    Continuing Climate of Fear in Belarus Statement
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  • Sep 1, 2000

    Report: U.S. Statements at the 1999 OSCE Review Conference Article
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  • Jun 20, 2000

    Senators Urge Albright Meeting with Belarus Opposition Party Leaders Press Release
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  • Jun 19, 2000

    Albright Urged to Ensure Personal Safety of Belarus Opposition Leaders Press Release
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  • Jun 8, 2000

    Albright Urged to Ensure Personal Safety of Belarus Opposition Leaders Press Release
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  • May 31, 2000

    Commissioners Outraged Over Lukashenka Threats Against Belarusian Opposition Leaders Press Release
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  • May 3, 2000

    Expressing Condemnation of Continuing Human Rights Violation of Belarus Statement
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  • Mar 30, 2000

    Suppression of Peaceful Demonstrations in Belarus Statement
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  • Mar 30, 2000

    Anti-Democratic Actions in Belarus Statement
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  • Mar 9, 2000

    Hearing: Belarus at the Crossroads Hearing
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  • Mar 1, 2000

    Helsinki Commission Hearing Announced: Belarus: Stalled at a Crossroads Press Release
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1999

  • Oct 22, 1999

    Crackdown in Belarus Statement
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  • Oct 20, 1999

    Belarus' President Lukashenka Called on the Carpet by Helsinki Commission for Human Rights Violations Press Release
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  • Jul 20, 1999

    Developments in Belarus Statement
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  • Jul 15, 1999

    OSCE PA Delegation Trip Report Statement
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  • May 2, 1999

    Constitutional Impasse Continues in Belarus Statement
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  • Apr 27, 1999

    Belarus Human Rights Record, OSCE’s Advisory and Monitoring Group Under Fire at Commission Hearing Press Release
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  • Apr 27, 1999

    Hearing: Belarus--Back in the USSR? Hearing
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  • Apr 19, 1999

    Hearing Announced: “Belarus—Back in the USSR?” Press Release
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  • Mar 9, 1999

    Politically Motivated Arrests in Belarus Statement
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  • Feb 18, 1999

    Briefing: Civil Society, Democracy, and Markets in East Central Europe and the NIS: Problems and Perspectivies Briefing
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  • Feb 9, 1999

    1999-A Critical Year for Belarus Statement
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1998

  • Jun 19, 1998

    Briefing: Belarus Opposition Leaders Briefing
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1997

  • Dec 1, 1997

    Report on the 1997 OSCE Meeting on Human Dimesions Article
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1996

  • Oct 30, 1996

    Briefing: The Current Situation in Belarus Briefing
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  • Apr 23, 1996

    Hearing: The Legacy of Chernobyl Hearing
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1995

  • Mar 15, 1995

    Briefing: Emerging Free Trade Union Movement in the Newly Independent States Briefing
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  • Feb 17, 1995

    Briefing: US Assistance to Eastern Europe and the NIS Briefing
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1994

  • Oct 12, 1994

    Briefing: Democratization, Political and Economic Reform in East Central Europe (N/A) Briefing
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  • Jun 1, 1994

    Report: The Belarusian Presidential Election Article
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  • May 3, 1994

    Briefing: Doing Business in Russia and the NIS: Opportunities and Obstacles (N/A) Briefing
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1992

  • Jul 25, 1992

    Staff Delegation Trip Report on Moscow, Georgia, Moldova and Belarus Article
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  • Jun 25, 1992

    Staff Delegation to Moscow, Georgia, Moldova and Belarus Article
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  • Jan 9, 1992

    Hearing: The New Commonwealth of Independent States: Problems, Perspectives, and U.S. Policy Implications Hearing
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1991

  • Apr 26, 1991

    Briefing: Chernobyl: Five Years Later Briefing
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  • Feb 6, 1991

    Hearing: The USSR in Crisis: State of the Union Hearing
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