Press Release

April 6, 2022
Helsinki Commission Remembers Late Chairman Alcee Hastings

WASHINGTON — On the anniversary of the death of former Helsinki Commission Chairman Alcee Hastings of Florida, Helsinki Commission Chairman Sen. Ben Cardin (Md.), Co-Chairman Rep. Steve Cohen (Tenn.-09), Ranking Member Sen. Roger Wicker (Miss.), and Ranking Member Rep. Joe Wilson (S.C.-02) issued the following joint statement:

“Alcee Hastings was a giant in foreign affairs, knowledgeable on all issues relating to security in Europe. As the only American to serve as President of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly, he led that organization in cementing its members’ commitment to peace, security, and human rights. Wherever he traveled on OSCE business, he was universally respected and liked. A year after his passing, he remains a revered figure and world-renowned leader.”