A missed opportunity

the US Helsinki Commission hearing on the illicit tobacco trade in the OSCE region

Benoit Gomis, Kelley Lee, Ross MacKenzie

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Abstract

On 19 July 2017, the US Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) – also known as the ‘Helsinki Commission’ – held a hearing on the illicit tobacco trade in the Organization for Security Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) region. The Helsinki Commission, an independent US government agency created in 1976 to “press governments to improve their human rights records and allow, despite Europe’s division, expanded contacts between people”, has discussed a number of important challenges, including human trafficking, anti-Semitism, treatment of ethnic minorities, weapons proliferation, corruption and terrorism. Through hearings, briefings, and official delegation visits, the Commission gathers evidence on such issues and contributes to the formulation and implementation of US policy towards the OSCE and its participating states.
Original languageEnglish
JournalTobacco Control
Publication statusPublished - 25 Aug 2017

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