2015 Ben CardinBenjamin Cardin (United States)

Benjamin Cardin was appointed the OSCE PA's Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism and Intolerance in March 2015.

He has served for more than a decade in the OSCE PA, holding the positions of Vice-President and Chairperson of the Committee on Economic Affairs, Science, Technology and Environment. He was also previously Deputy Head of the U.S. Delegation to the OSCE PA.

Cardin has been a Commissioner on the U.S. Helsinki Commission since 1993, serving as Chairman in the 111th Congress and the 113th Congress. He is also a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

Within both the U.S. Congress and the Parliamentary Assembly, Cardin has consistently worked to raise awareness of the escalation of global anti-Semitic violence, anti-Muslim laws and other forms of intolerance, while striving to promote peace, tolerance and equality.

In the U.S. Congress he introduced a bipartisan resolution which condemns anti-Semitism and calls upon world leaders to speak out against it. He also was also the lead sponsor of a Senate resolution supporting the goals and objectives of the Prague Conference on Holocaust Era Assets. Cardin also has held multiple hearings and events in the U.S. Congress on combating anti-Semitism and other forms of intolerance.

In OSCE PA Annual Sessions and other meetings, he has been a vocal advocate for more vigorous responses to acts of anti-Semitism and intolerance across the OSCE area.

 

Mandate:

  • Raise awareness in and report to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly on the persisting problem of prejudice and discrimination in the OSCE area, including anti-Semitism, other religion- and race-based intolerance and other forms of intolerance;

  • Raise awareness in and report to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly on the track records of OSCE participating States in combating these problems;

  • Advise the Assembly on the implementation of its agreed policies in these matters as well as on the development of new policies and strategies, including on how to protect the individuals and communities affected;

  • Seek to promote dialogue and exchange of best practices within the Assembly on combating these problems; and

  • Communicate with relevant actors within the OSCE who work on combating prejudice and discrimination in the OSCE area, including anti-Semitism, other religion- and race-based intolerance and other forms of intolerance.