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II.L.C.

AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE

TO H. CON. RES. 351

OFFERED BY Ms. Ros-LEHTINEN

Strike the preamble and insert the following:

Whereas death by stoning continues to be imposed as a form

of punishment in several countries, as documented by the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices of the United States Department of State;

Whereas the brutal sentence of death by stoning is applied

to women who have been accused of adultery, some of whom are coerced into prostitution, or even raped;

Whereas execution by stoning is an exceptionally cruel form

of punishment that violates internationally accepted standards of human rights, including those set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment;

Whereas women around the world continue to be dispropor

tionately targeted for discriminatory, inhuman, and cruel punishments by governments who refuse to protect the

rights of all of their citizens equally; Whereas in some places stoning has also been invoked as

punishment for “blasphemy”, thereby suppressing reli

gious freedom and diversity and stifling political dissent; Whereas in July 2002, Amnesty International referred to exe

cution by stoning as “a method specifically designed to increase the victim's suffering”; and

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Whereas in the year 2002, there have been acquittals or dis

missals of sentences to death by stoning: Now, therefore, be it

Strike the text after the resolving clause and insert

the following:

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(1) the United States should condemn the prac

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tice of execution by stoning, and should call upon

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(3) the President should direct the Secretary of State to work with the international community to

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ward the repeal of stoning laws and adherence to

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international human rights standards.

Ms. Ros-LEHTINEN. Are there any other amendments? [No response.] Ms. ROS-LEHTINEN. The question occurs then on the amendment. All in favor say, aye.

[Chorus of ayes.] Ms. Ros-LEHTINEN. All oppose, nay. [No response.) Ms. Ros-LEHTINEN. The question occurs on the amendment. Since there were no amendments, the Chair will now entertain a motion that the bill be reported favorably to the Full Committee, as amended by the amendment in the nature of a substitute.

Mr. PITTS. Šo moved.

Ms. Ros-LEHTINEN. Thank you, Mr. Pitts. The question occurs on the motion to report the bill, H. Con. Res. 351 favorably as amended. All in favor say, aye.

[Chorus of ayes.]
Ms. Ros-LEHTINEN. All opposed, no.
[No response.)

Ms. Ros-LEHTINEN. The motion is approved and the bill is reported favorably. Without objection, the staff is directed to make any technical and conforming amendments. And I would like to thank the best Parliamentarian that we have in the House. Thank you, Mr. Dan Freeman. He makes me look like I really know what I am doing.

And now, we are very happy to call a resolution, H. Con. Res. 349, calling for effective measures to end the sexual exploitation of refugees for purposes of markup. Without objection, the bill will be considered as read and open for amendments at any point.

[H. Con. Res. 349 follows:]

IV

107TH CONGRESS

21 SESSION

H. CON. RES. 349

Calling for an end to the sexual exploitation of refugees.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Mircu 13, 2002 Ms. MILLENDER-MCDONALD submitted the following concurrent resolution;

which was referred to the Committee on International Relations

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

Calling for an end to the sexual exploitation of refugees.

Whereas the United Nations has received reports of wide

spread sexual exploitation of refugees in exchange for humanitarian assistance;

Whereas a report commissioned by the United Nations High

Commissioner of Refugees and the British organization Save the Children accuses dozens of aid workers in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea of refusing to give food and medicine to young girls unless they perform sexual

favors; Whereas the Secretary General of the United Nations has de

nounced this sexual exploitation and called for a full investigation of the humanitarian staff from the agencies involved;

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Whereas international nongovernmental organizations, gov

ernment agencies responsible for humanitarian response, and peacekeeping forces have all been implicated in var

ious reports of sexual exploitation of refugees; Whereas the exchange of sex for money or gifts appears to

be widespread and many refugee children feel that there are no other options for securing their basic necessities;

Whereas the majority of the victims of this exploitation are

girls between the ages of 13 and 18 years old, many of whom are orphaned;

Whereas insufficient food rations was cited as a primary fac

tor contributing to sexual exploitation; and

Whereas refugees are often highly illiterate and susceptible to

exchanging sex for food to help their families survive: Now, therefore, be it

1 Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate 2 concurring), That Congress

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(2) urges the United Nations Office of Inves

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