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(C) release from detention all prisoners of conscience, including practitioners of Falun

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Gong, who have been incarcerated in violation

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pression, and association by ceasing to restrict those freedoms in the People's Republic of

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China;

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(2) the President should, in accordance with

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section 401(a)(1)(B) of the International Religious

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Freedom Act of 1998 (22 U.S.C. 6401(a)(1)(B)),

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and with the intention of dissuading the Chinese

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(A) issuing an official public demarche, a

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States have committed illegal acts while attempting to intimidate or inappropriately influence Falun Gong practitioners or local elected officials, and, in

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consultation with the Secretary of State, determine

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an appropriate legal response; and

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(4) officials of local governments in the United

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IV

108TH CONGRESS

1ST SESSION

H. CON. RES. 319

Expressing the grave concern of Congress regarding the continuing repression

of the religious freedom and human rights of the Iranian Bahá'í community by the Government of Iran.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

OCTOBER 30, 2003 Ms. Ros-LEHTINEN (for herself, Mr. LANTOS, and Mr. SMITH of New Jersey)

submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was referred to the Committee on International Relations

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION Expressing the grave concern of Congress regarding the con

tinuing repression of the religious freedom and human rights of the Iranian Bahá'í community by the Government of Iran.

Whereas in 1982, 1984, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, and

in 2000, Congress, by concurrent resolution, declared that it holds the Government of Iran responsible for upholding the rights of all its nationals, including members of the Bahá'í Faith;

Whereas the followers of Bahá'u'lláh, who constitute the larg

est religious minority in Iran, are not recognized under the Iranian Constitution and are deprived thereby of adequate legal protection;

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Whereas Congress has deplored the Government of Iran's

persecution of the Bahá'í community and has condemned Iran's execution of more than 200 Bahá'í and the imprisonment of thousands of others solely on account of their religious beliefs;

Whereas on February 22, 1993, the United Nations Commis

sion on Human Rights published a confidential Iranian Government document revealing that these repressive actions are part of a deliberate policy to destroy the Bahá'í community, a deliberate policy that was designed and approved by the highest officials in the Iranian Government;

Whereas in 2002, when the United States was not a member

of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, the resolution against human rights abuses in Iran failed to pass for the first time in 17 consecutive years;

Whereas in 2003, a resolution against human rights abuses

in Iran was not introduced for a vote at the meeting of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights;

Whereas the Government of Iran is now free to continue its

systematic and deliberate policy to destroy the Bahá'í community in the absence of international monitors;

Whereas the use of harassment, in the form of arrests, sus

pended sentences, and short-term detentions against the Iranian Bahá'ís have increased since the failure in 2002 to adopt the United Nations resolution against human rights abuses in Iran;

Whereas four Bahá'ís remain imprisoned in Iran solely be

cause of their religious beliefs, 1 serving a 4-year sentence and another a life sentence for apostasy from

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