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        H.R.2367

                       One Hundred Sixth Congress

                                 of the

                        United States of America


                          AT THE FIRST SESSION

         Begun and held at the City of Washington on Wednesday,
   the sixth day of January, one thousand nine hundred and ninety-nine


                                 An Act


 
    To reauthorize a comprehensive program of support for victims of 
                                torture.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Torture Victims Relief 
Reauthorization Act of 1999''.

SEC. 2. FOREIGN TREATMENT CENTERS FOR VICTIMS OF TORTURE.

    (a) Authorization of Appropriations.--Of the amounts authorized to 
be appropriated for fiscal years 2001, 2002, and 2003 pursuant to 
chapter 1 of part I of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, there are 
authorized to be appropriated to the President $10,000,000 for fiscal 
year 2001, $10,000,000 for fiscal year 2002, and $10,000,000 for fiscal 
year 2003 to carry out section 130 of the Foreign Assistance Act of 
1961.
    (b) Availability of Funds.--Amounts appropriated pursuant to this 
section shall remain available until expended.

SEC. 3. DOMESTIC TREATMENT CENTERS FOR VICTIMS OF TORTURE.

    (a) Authorization of Appropriations.--Of the amounts authorized to 
be appropriated for the Department of Health and Human Services for 
fiscal years 2001, 2002, and 2003, there are authorized to be 
appropriated to carry out subsection (a) of section 5 of the Torture 
Victims Relief Act of 1998 (22 U.S.C. 2152) $10,000,000 for fiscal year 
2001, $10,000,000 for fiscal year 2002, and $10,000,000 for fiscal year 
2003.
    (b) Availability of Funds.--Amounts appropriated pursuant to this 
section shall remain available until expended.

SEC. 4. MULTILATERAL ASSISTANCE.

    (a) Funding.--Of the amounts authorized to be appropriated for 
fiscal years 2001, 2002, and 2003 for ``Voluntary Contributions to 
International Organizations'' pursuant to chapter 3 of part I of the 
Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, there are authorized to be appropriated 
for a United States contribution to the United Nations Voluntary Fund 
for Victims of Torture (in this section referred to as the ``Fund'') 
the following amounts for the following fiscal years:
        (1) Fiscal year 2001.--For fiscal year 2001, $5,000,000.
        (2) Fiscal year 2002.--For fiscal year 2002, $5,000,000.
        (3) Fiscal year 2003.--For fiscal year 2003, $5,000,000.
    (b) Availability of Funds.--Amounts appropriated pursuant to 
subsection (a) shall remain available until expended.
    (c) Sense of the Congress.--It is the sense of the Congress that 
the President, acting through the United States Permanent 
Representative to the United Nations, should--
        (1) request the Fund--
            (A) to find new ways to support and protect treatment 
        centers and programs that are carrying out rehabilitative 
        services for victims of torture; and
            (B) to encourage the development of new such centers and 
        programs;
        (2) use the voice and vote of the United States to support the 
    work of the Special Rapporteur on Torture and the Committee Against 
    Torture established under the Convention Against Torture and Other 
    Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment; and
        (3) use the voice and vote of the United States to establish a 
    country rapporteur or similar procedural mechanism to investigate 
    human rights violations in a country if either the Special 
    Rapporteur or the Committee Against Torture indicates that a 
    systematic practice of torture is prevalent in that country.

SEC. 5. REPORTING REQUIREMENT.

    Not later than 90 days after the enactment of this Act, the 
Secretary of State shall submit a report to the Committee on Foreign 
Relations of the Senate and the Committee on International Relations of 
the House of Representatives on the specialized training for foreign 
service officers required by section 7 of the Torture Victims Relief 
Act of 1998 (Public Law 105-320). The report shall include detailed 
information regarding--
        (1) efforts by the Department of State to implement the 
    specialized training requirement;
        (2) the curriculum that is being used in the specialized 
    training;
        (3) the number of foreign service officers who have received 
    the specialized training as of the date of the report; and
        (4) the nongovernmental organizations that have been involved 
    in the development of the specialized training curriculum or in 
    providing the specialized training, and the nature and extent of 
    that involvement.

SEC. 6. TECHNICAL AMENDMENTS RELATING TO THE SECOND SECTION 129 OF THE 
              FOREIGN ASSISTANCE ACT OF 1961.

    (a) Amendment to Foreign Assistance Act of 1961.--The second 
section 129 of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as added by section 
4(a) of the Torture Victims Relief Act of 1998 (Public Law 105-320), is 
redesignated as section 130.
    (b) Amendment to Torture Victims Relief Act of 1998.--Section 
4(b)(1) of the Torture Victims Relief Act of 1998 is amended by 
striking ``section 129 of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as added 
by subsection (a)'' and inserting ``section 130 of the Foreign 
Assistance Act of 1961 (as redesignated by section 6(a) of the Torture 
Victims Relief Reauthorization Act of 1999)''.

                               Speaker of the House of Representatives.

                            Vice President of the United States and    
                                               President of the Senate.

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