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H.Con.Res. 362 (ih) Expressing the sense of the Congress regarding so-called ``honor killings''. [Introduced in House] ...
H. CON. RES. 361
Commending the Republic of Benin.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
June 22, 2000
Mr. Ackerman (for himself, Mr. Burton of Indiana, and Mr. Hall of Ohio)
submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was referred to
the Committee on International Relations
Commending the Republic of Benin.
Whereas in 1990 the Republic of Benin made a smooth transition from Marxist rule
to a constitutional democracy;
Whereas His Excellency President Mathieu Kerekou established an important
precedent and demonstrated his commitment to democracy by relinquishing
office after the first democratic elections in the Republic of Benin in
Whereas President Kerekou regained the Office of the Presidency through free,
fair, and democratic elections in 1996;
Whereas on March 30, 1999, the Republic of Benin conducted free, fair, and
transparent elections for parliament which resulted in significant gains
for opposition political parties demonstrating Benin's political
Whereas over the last decade, the Republic of Benin has become the most stable,
democratic nation in West Africa and is committed to promoting democracy
Whereas the government of President Kerekou demonstrated its commitment to
reconciliation between the nations of Africa involved in the slave trade
and African-Americans by establishing a Conference on Reconciliation
held in Cotonou, Republic of Benin, in December 1999;
Whereas the Republic of Benin is a nation that is truly respectful of human
rights and political freedoms and is among the nations in the world not
to have a single political prisoner;
Whereas the Republic of Benin is a nation where there is a true commitment to
individual liberties, including the freedoms of assembly, association,
and of religion;
Whereas the Republic of Benin is committed to improving the life of the people
of Benin, as well as the lives of all Africans, by encouraging free
markets and privatization of state-owned enterprises, investment, and
competition among international business, and by creating a stable and
secure environment for international businesses to operate; and
Whereas President Clinton has recognized that the Republic of Benin qualifies
for the G-7 debt-relief program, due to its effective management of its
limited fiscal resources: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring),
That the Congress--
(1) commends President Kerekou for his outstanding
leadership and the people of the Republic of Benin for their
commitment to democracy;
(2) believes that the United States should enhance its
efforts to consolidate democracy and free enterprise in the
Republic of Benin;
(3) urges the Administration to leverage United States
assistance to the Republic of Benin in order to mobilize
greater foreign direct investment in Benin; and
(4) encourages other nations throughout the developing
world to emulate the Republic of Benin's example as a bastion
of peace, security, free enterprise, and religious tolerance.
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