Bill to Curb INTERPOL Abuse Follows Helsinki Commission Hearing

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Bruce Zagaris

On September 12, 2019, the Helsinki Commission Chairman Rep. Alcee L. Hastings (FL-20) and Ranking Member Rep. Joe Wilson (SC-02) introduced the Transnational Repression Accountability and Prevention (TRAP) Act in the House of Representatives.[1] On September 16, Helsinki Commission Co-Chairman Sen. Roger Wicker (MS) and Ranking Member Sen. Ben Cardin (MD) introduced the TRAP Act in the Senate on Monday. On September 12, 2019, the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE), also known as the Helsinki Commission,[2] convened a hearing on the Tools of Transnational Repression: How Autocrats Punish Dissent Overseas, focusing on the role of International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL).[3]