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SUPPORT FOR THE ACCESSION OF ISRAEL TO THE OECDRESS
CONCERN REGARDING THE REPRESSION OF THE RELIGIOUS

FREEDOM AND HUMAN RIGHTS OF THE IRANIAN BAHA'I
COMMUNITY BY THE GOVERNMENT OF IRAN; CONCERN RE-
GARDING THE GROSS VIOLATIONS OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND
CIVIL LIBERTIES OF THE SYRIAN PEOPLE BY THE GOVERN-
MENT OF THE SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC; SUPPORT OF FULL
MEMBERSHIP OF ISRAEL IN THE WEOG AT THE AND

AUG 12 2004

MARKUP

BEFORE THE

SUBCOMMITTEE ON THE MIDDLE EAST

AND CENTRAL ASIA

OF THE

COMMITTEE ON
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

ONE HUNDRED EIGHTH CONGRESS

SECOND SESSION

ON

H. Con. Res. 319, H. Con. Res. 363,

H. Res. 615 and H. Res. 617

MAY 12, 2004

Serial No. 108–104

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COMMITTEE ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

HENRY J. HYDE, Illinois, Chairman JAMES A. LEACH, Iowa

TOM LANTOS, California DOUG BEREUTER, Nebraska

HOWARD L. BERMAN, California CHRISTOPHER H. SMITH, New Jersey, GARY L. ACKERMAN, New York Vice Chairman

ENI F.H. FALEOMAVAEGA, American DAN BURTON, Indiana

Samoa ELTON GALLEGLY, California

DONALD M. PAYNE, New Jersey ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN, Florida

ROBERT MENENDEZ, New Jersey CASS BALLENGER, North Carolina

SHERROD BROWN, Ohio DANA ROHRABACHER, California

BRAD SHERMAN, California EDWARD R. ROYCE, California

ROBERT WEXLER, Florida PETER T. KING, New York

ELIOT L. ENGEL, New York STEVE CHABOT, Ohio

WILLIAM D. DELAHUNT, Massachusetts AMO HOUGHTON, New York

GREGORY W. MEEKS, New York JOHN M. MCHUGH, New York

BARBARA LEE, California ROY BLUNT, Missouri

JOSEPH CROWLEY, New York THOMAS G. TANCREDO, Colorado

JOSEPH M. HOEFFEL, Pennsylvania RON PAUL, Texas

EARL BLUMENAUER, Oregon NICK SMITH, Michigan

SHELLEY BERKLEY, Nevada JOSEPH R. PITTS, Pennsylvania

GRACE F. NAPOLITANO, California JEFF FLAKE, Arizona

ADAM B. SCHIFF, California JO ANN DAVIS, Virginia

DIANE E. WATSON, California MARK GREEN, Wisconsin

ADAM SMITH, Washington JERRY WELLER, Illinois

BETTY McCOLLUM, Minnesota
MIKE PENCE, Indiana

BEN CHANDLER, Kentucky
THADDEUS G. MCCOTTER, Michigan
KATHERINE HARRIS, Florida

THOMAS E. MOONEY, SR., Staff Director/General Counsel

ROBERT R. KING, Democratic Staff Director

SUBCOMMITTEE ON THE MIDDLE EAST AND CENTRAL ASIA

ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN, Florida, Chairwoman STEVE CHABOT, Ohio

GARY L. ACKERMAN, New York JOHN M. MCHUGH, New York

HOWARD L. BERMAN, California NICK SMITH, Michigan

ELIOT L. ENGEL, New York JO ANN DAVIS, Virginia

JOSEPH CROWLEY, New York MIKE PENCE, Indiana

JOSEPH M. HOEFFEL, Pennsylvania THADDEUS G. MCCOTTER, Michigan SHELLEY BERKLEY, Nevada ROY BLUNT, Missouri

ADAM B. SCHIFF, California JOSEPH R. PITTS, Pennsylvania

BEN CHANDLER, Kentucky
KATHERINE HARRIS, Florida

YLEEM POBLETE, Subcommittee Staff Director
GREGG RICKMAN, Senior Professional Staff Member
DAVID ADAMS, Democratic Professional Staff Member

MATT ZWEIG, Staff Associate

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CONCERN REGARDING THE REPRESSION OF THE RELI. GIOUS FREEDOM AND HUMAN RIGHTS OF THE IRANIAN BAHÁ'Í COMMUNITY BY THE GOVERNMENT OF IRAN; CONCERN REGARDING THE GROSS VIOLATIONS OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES OF THE SYRIAN PEOPLE BY THE GOVERNMENT OF THE SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC; SUP. PORT OF FULL MEMBERSHIP OF ISRAEL IN THE WEOG AT THE U.N.; AND SUPPORT FOR THE ACCESSION OF ISRAEL TO THE OECD

WEDNESDAY, MAY 12, 2004

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
SUBCOMMITTEE ON THE MIDDLE EAST

AND CENTRAL ASIA,
COMMITTEE ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS,

Washington, DC. The Subcommittee met, pursuant to call, at 2 o'clock p.m. in Room 2200, Rayburn House Office Building, Hon. Joseph R. Pitts presiding.

Mr. PITTS. The Subcommittee will come to order. We are convening to mark up the following resolutions: 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; 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; H. Res. 615, expressing the sense of the House of Representatives in support of full membership of Israel in the Western European and Others Group (WEOG) at the United Nations; and H. Res. 617, expressing support for the accession of Israel to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

It is my understanding that these resolutions are completely noncontroversial. Accordingly, we will consider them en bloc. Without objection, the four resolutions will be favorably reported to the Full Committee, and the amendments which the Members have before them will be deemed adopted. Any Member may insert a statement in the record.

[The resolutions and amendments referred to follow:]

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