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(3) expresses its strong and continuing support for the efforts of the Belarusian people to establish a full democracy, the rule of law, and respect for

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human rights in Belarus;

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(4) urges the Government of Belarus to guar

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antee freedom of association and assembly, including

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the right of candidates, members of political parties,

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and others to freely assemble, to organize and con

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duct public events, and to exercise these and other

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rights free from intimidation or harassment by local

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or national officials or others acting at their behest;

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(5) urges the Government of Belarus to meet

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its Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) commitments on democratic elections;

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(A) the full transparency of election proce

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dures before, during, and after the 2004 par

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candidates to print, radio, television, and Inter

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net media on a non-discriminatory basis;

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(ODIHR), other participating States of the OSCE,

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Belarusian political parties, candidates' representa

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tives, nongovernmental organizations, and other pri

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vate institutions and organizations, both foreign and

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domestic, unobstructed access to all aspects of the

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election process, including unimpeded access to public campaign events, candidates, news media, voting,

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and post-election tabulation of results and processing of election challenges and complaints;

(8) encourages the international community, including the Council of Europe, the OSCE, and the

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OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, to continue their ef

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(9) pledges its support to the Belarusian peo

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ple, their commitment to a fully free and open demo

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cratic system, their creation of a prosperous free

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market economy, and their country's assumption of its rightful place as a full and equal member of the Western community of democracies.

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IV

108TH CONGRESS

2D SESSION

H. RES. 667

Expressing support for freedom in Hong Kong.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

JUNE 9, 2004 Mr. Cox (for himself, Mr. LANTOS, Mr. KENNEDY of Minnesota, Mr. SES

SIONS, Mr. FALEOMAVAEGA, Mr. MARKEY, Mr. BURTON of Indiana, and Mr. LINCOLN DIAZ-BALART of Florida) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on International Relations

RESOLUTION
Expressing support for freedom in Hong Kong.

Whereas according to the April 1, 2004, report by the De

partment of State entitled U.S.-Hong Kong Policy Act Report, "The United States has strong interests in the protection of human rights and the promotion of democratic institutions throughout the world. The Hong Kong people share many values and interests with Americans and have worked to make Hong Kong a model of what can be achieved in a society based on the rule of law and respect for civil liberties";

Whereas according to section 103(3) of the United States

Hong Kong Policy Act of 1992 (22 U.S.C. 5713(3)), "The United States should continue to treat Hong Kong as a territory which is fully autonomous from the United

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Kingdom and, after June 30, 1997, should treat Hong
Kong as a territory which is fully autonomous from the
People's Republic of China with respect to economic and
trade matters.";

Whereas the People's Republic of China has frustrated the

gradual and orderly process toward universal suffrage and the democratic election of the legislature and chief executive in Hong Kong as envisioned by the Basic Law

of the Hong Kong SAR; and Whereas on April 6, 2004, the Standing Committee of the

National People's Congress of the People's Republic of China declared itself, as opposed to the people of Hong Kong, the final arbiter of democratic reform and, on April 26, 2004, declared that universal suffrage would not apply to the election of the third Chief Executive in 2007 or to the election of all members of the fourth Legislative Council in 2008: Now, therefore, be it

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Resolved, That the House of Representatives—

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(1) declares that the people of Hong Kong

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should be free to determine the pace and scope of

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