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(1) expects the Government of Iran to uphold

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the rights of all its nationals, including the members

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of the Bahá'í Faith, in a manner consistent with Iran's obligations under the Universal Declaration of

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Human Rights and other international agreements

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guaranteeing the civil and political rights of its citi

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zens, including freedom of thought, conscience, and

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(2) condemns the deliberate policy of the Gov

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ernment of Iran to undermine the viability of the

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Bahá'í community;

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(3) urges the Government of Iran to permit

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Bahá'í students to attend, and Bahá'í faculty to

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teach, at Iranian universities, as well as to permit the Bahá'í Institute of Higher Education to continue teaching functions among Bahá'í youth without dis

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(4) urges the Government of Iran to eliminate

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employment discrimination against Bahá'ís in both public and private sectors, and to distribute pensions

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(5) urges the Government of Iran to dem

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onstrate its commitment to human rights, democracy, and religious freedom by making a legislative

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enactment to clarify that the civil and political rights

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of all unrecognized minorities or communities, such

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as the Bahá'ís, are to be respected regardless of

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(6) urges the Government of Iran to allow the

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reestablishment of Bahá'í institutions, to give indi

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viduals the freedom to manifest their religion, and to

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of the the situation of the Bahá'ís, and calls for re

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(A) to assert that the United States re

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ties, as a significant factor in the foreign policy

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and to cooperate with other governments and

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international organizations, including the United Nations and its agencies, in efforts to protect the religious rights of the Bahá'ís and

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H.L.C.

AMENDMENT TO H. CON. RES. 319

OFFERED BY Ms. Ros-LEHTINEN

Strike the sixth clause of the preamble and insert

the following:

Whereas for the past three years the United Nations

Commission on Human Rights has failed to pass a resolution condemning human rights abuses in Iran;

Strike the seventh clause of the preamble and insert

the following:

Whereas the failure of the United Nations Commission

on Human Rights to pass a resolution regarding human rights abuses in Iran may erroneously suggest that the Government of Iran has improved its human rights record and has stopped its policy to systematically destroy the Bahai community;

In the eighth clause of the preamble, strike “to

adopt the United Nations resolution” and insert “to

adopt a United Nations Commission on Human Rights

resolution".

In the tenth clause of the preamble, strike "once it

becomes known that they are Bahais".

Page 5, beginning on line 25, strike “making a legislative enactment to clarify” and insert "legally clari

fying”.

IV

108TH CONGRESS

2D SESSION

H. CON. RES. 363

Expressing the grave concern of Congress regarding the continuing gross

violations of human rights and civil liberties of the Syrian people by the Government of the Syrian Arab Republic.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

FEBRUARY 11, 2004 Ms. Ros-LEHTINEN (for herself, Mr. Blunt, Mr. ENGEL, Mr. ACKERMAN,

Mr. SMITH of New Jersey, Mr. CHABOT, Mr. CROWLEY, Mr. PENCE, Mr. MCCOTTER, Mr. TANCREDO, Mr. BERMAN, Mrs. Jo Ann DAVIS of Virginia, Mr. BURTON of Indiana, Ms. BERKLEY, and Mr. LANTOS) 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 gross violations of human rights and civil liberties of the Syrian people by the Government of the Syrian Arab Republic.

Whereas the Syrian Arab Republic is governed by an authori

tarian regime which, according to the 2003 Department of State Report on Human Rights Practices, continues to commit serious human rights abuses, including "the use

of torture” and “arbitrary arrest and detention"'; Whereas hundreds of political prisoners in Syria have never

been tried for any offense, in violation of Article 9 of the

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