Race, Rights, and PoliticsWednesday, September 11, 2019
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Cannon House Office Building
Room 210

Live Webcast:

Against the backdrop of recent European elections, European political
leaders will discuss the state of their democracies and recent efforts to
address issues of diversity and inclusion amidst rising prejudice and
xenophobic violence, including from far-right extremist groups. The hearing will also examine the impact of anti-discrimination policies and diversity initiatives aimed at ensuring and protecting equal rights as European countries attempt to balance the economic needs of immigration and other benefits of diverse populations with continuing national identity and
security concerns. The following speakers are scheduled to participate:

Councilor Irene Appiah (Hamburg, Germany)
Vice-Chair Domenica Ghidei Biidu, European Commission against
Racism and Intolerance (Netherlands)
MP Dawn Butler, Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities
(United Kingdom)
MEP Romeo Franz (Germany)
MEP Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana (Germany)
MEP Evin Incir (Sweden)
MP Danièle Obono (France)
MEP Samira Rafaela (Netherlands) 
### The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the U.S. Helsinki Commission, is an independent commission of the U.S.
Government charged with monitoring compliance with the Helsinki Accords and advancing comprehensive security through promotion of human
rights, democracy, and economic, environmental, and military cooperation in 57 countries. The Commission consists of nine members from the U.S.
Senate, nine from the House of Representatives, and one member each from the Departments of State, Defense, and Commerce.

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