Home > 105th Congressional Bills > H.Res. 109 (ih) Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that American families deserve tax relief. ...

H.Res. 109 (ih) Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that American families deserve tax relief. ...


Google
 
Web GovRecords.org


H. Res. 109

                 In the House of Representatives, U.S.,

                                                        March 18, 2003.
Whereas the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (in this preamble referred to 
        as ``North Korea'') is, in the words of the United States Department of 
        State, ``a dictatorship under the absolute rule of the Korean Workers' 
        Party'' that ``prohibits freedom of speech, the press, assembly, and 
        association . . . [and] restricts freedom of religion, citizens' 
        movements, and worker rights'';
Whereas according to the State Department, ``[t]he [North Korean] Penal Code is 
        Draconian, stipulating capital punishment and confiscation of assets for 
        a wide variety of `crimes against the revolution,' including defection, 
        attempted defection, slander of the policies of the party or State, 
        listening to foreign broadcasts, writing `reactionary' letters, and 
        possessing reactionary printed matter'';
Whereas, as noted in the State Department Country Reports on Human Rights 
        Practices, the North Korean regime executes political prisoners, 
        opponents of the regime, some repatriated defectors, some members of 
        underground churches, and others, sometimes at public meetings attended 
        by workers, students, and school children;
Whereas the North Korean regime subjects all its citizens to systematic, 
        intensive political and ideological indoctrination in support of the 
        cult of personality glorifying Kim Jong Il and the late Kim Il Sung 
        which, in the words of the State Department, ``approaches the level of a 
        state religion'';
Whereas the North Korean regime divides its population into categories, based on 
        perceived loyalty to the Party and the leadership, which determine 
        access to employment, higher education, place of residence, medical 
        facilities, and other resources;
Whereas the North Korean regime attempts to control all information, artistic 
        expression, and academic works inside North Korea and strictly curtails 
        freedom of speech;
Whereas the Government of North Korea holds an estimated 150,000 to 200,000 
        political prisoners in camps that its State Security Agency manages 
        through the use of forced labor, beatings, torture, and executions, and 
        in which many prisoners also die from disease, starvation, and exposure;
Whereas according to eyewitness testimony provided to the Committee on 
        International Relations of the House of Representatives by camp 
        survivors, camp inmates have been used as sources of slave labor for the 
        production of export goods, as targets for martial arts practice, and as 
        experimental victims in the testing of chemical and biological poisons;
Whereas according to eyewitness testimony provided to the Committee on 
        International Relations by a camp survivor, female camp prisoners are 
        not permitted to have children and their newborn babies are routinely 
        and brutally killed by camp authorities;
Whereas according to the State Department ``[g]enuine religious freedom does not 
        exist'' in North Korea and, in the words of the United States Commission 
        on International Religious Freedom, ``[t]he North Korean state severely 
        represses public and private religious activities'';
Whereas the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom has 
        highlighted ``reports that [North Korean] officials have arrested, 
        imprisoned, tortured, and sometimes executed North Korean citizens who 
        were found to have ties with overseas Christian evangelical groups 
        operating across the border in China, as well as those who engaged in 
        such unauthorized religious activities as public religious expression 
        and persuasion'';
Whereas according to eyewitness testimony provided to the Committee on 
        International Relations in May 2002, a North Korean prison camp survivor 
        witnessed a group of Christian prisoners being tortured to death in 1990 
        for refusing to repudiate their faith;
Whereas more than 1,000,000 North Koreans are estimated to have died of 
        starvation since 1995 because of the failure of the centralized 
        agricultural system operated by the Government of North Korea;
Whereas the risk of starvation and the threat of persecution in North Korea have 
        caused many thousands of North Koreans to flee their homeland, primarily 
        into the People's Republic of China;
Whereas the Governments of the People's Republic of China and North Korea have 
        been conducting aggressive campaigns to locate North Koreans who are in 
        the People's Republic of China without permission and to forcibly return 
        them to North Korea;
Whereas North Koreans who seek asylum while in the People's Republic of China 
        are routinely imprisoned and tortured, and in some cases killed, after 
        they are returned to North Korea; and
Whereas the 59th session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights is 
        scheduled to be held in Geneva, Switzerland from March 17 to April 25, 
        2003: Now, therefore, be it
    Resolved, That the House of Representatives--
            (1) urges the Secretary of State to support efforts to draft, 
        introduce, and pass a resolution addressing human rights abuses in North 
        Korea at the 59th session the United Nations Commission on Human Rights;
            (2) urges all members of the United Nations Commission on Human 
        Rights to support a resolution addressing human rights abuses in North 
        Korea at the 59th session of the United Nations Commission on Human 
        Rights; and
            (3) calls on the Government of the Democratic People's Republic of 
        Korea to respect and protect the human rights of its citizens, such as 
        those recognized in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
            Attest:

                                                                          Clerk.

Pages: 1

Other Popular 105th Congressional Bills Documents:

1 S. 802 (is) To provide for the retention of the name of the mountain at the Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming known as ``Devils Tower'', and for other purposes. ...
2 H.R. 2217 (ih) To extend the deadline under the Federal Power Act applicable to the construction of FERC Project Number 9248 in the State of Colorado, and for other purposes. ...
3 H.R. 2961 (ih) To permit the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to enter into cooperative research and development agreements for environmental protection. ...
4 H.R. 681 (rs) To designate the United States Post Office building located at 313 East Broadway in Glendale, California, as the ``Carlos J. Moorhead Post Office Building''. ...
5 S.Res. 173 (is) Expressing the sense of the Senate with respect to the protection of reproductive health services clinics. ...
6 S.Res. 113 (is) Congratulating the people of Jamaica on the occasion of the 35th anniversary of their nation's independence and expressing support for the continuation of strong ties between Jamaica and the United States. ...
7 S. 681 (rs) To designate the Federal building and United States courthouse located at 300 Northeast First Avenue in Miami, Florida, as the ``David W. Dyer Federal Courthouse''. ...
8 H.R. 2365 (ih) To reduce acid deposition under the Clean Air Act, and for other purposes. ...
9 H.R. 4638 (ih) To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a deduction for the cost of groceries purchased by employees and prepared into meals by employers for the convenience of employers. ...
10 H.Con.Res. 206 (ih) Permitting the use of the rotunda of the Capitol for a ceremony as part of the commemoration of the days of remembrance of victims of the Holocaust. ...
11 H.Res. 394 (rh) Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2515) to address the ...
12 H.R. 1437 (ih) To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for the establishment of an intercity passenger rail trust fund, and for other purposes. ...
13 H.R. 3712 (ih) To prohibit the expenditure of Federal funds to provide or support programs to provide individuals with hypodermic needles or syringes for the use of illegal drugs. ...
14 S. 603 (is) To require the Secretary of Agriculture to collect and disseminate ...
15 H.R. 4484 (ih) To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a deduction for expenses paid for attending conferences on treatment and management relating to a dependent child's chronic medical condition. ...
16 H.R. 3588 (ih) To suspend temporarily the duty on tralomethrin. ...
17 H.R. 3796 (rs) To authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to convey the administrative site for the Rogue River National Forest and use the proceeds for the construction or improvement of offices and support buildings for the Rogue River National Forest an...
18 H.Con.Res. 236 (ih) To express the sense of the Congress that any Executive order that ...
19 S. 808 (is) To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for the issuance of tax-exempt bonds by Indian tribal governments, and for other purposes. ...
20 H.Res. 506 (eh) ...
21 S. 2294 (es) To facilitate the exchange of criminal history records for noncriminal ...
22 H.R. 4215 (ih) To require the Secretary of Energy to submit to Congress a plan to ...
23 S. 170 (rs) To provide for a process to authorize the use of clone pagers, and for other purposes. ...
24 H.Res. 304 (ih) Directing the Committee on the Judiciary to undertake an inquiry into whether grounds exist to impeach William Jefferson Clinton, the President of the United States. ...
25 H.R. 2209 (enr) Making appropriations for the Legislative Branch for the fiscal year ending September 30, 1998, and for other purposes. ...
26 H.Res. 123 (ih) Amending the Rules of the House of Representatives to postpone final House action on legislative branch appropriations for any fiscal year until all other regular appropriations for that fiscal year are enacted into law. ...
27 H.Con.Res. 75 (enr) ...
28 H.R. 2369 (rh) To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to strengthen and clarify prohibitions on electronic eavesdropping, and for other purposes. ...
29 S. 1694 (is) To suspend temporarily the duty on certain textile machines. ...
30 H.J.Res. 104 (enr) Making further continuing appropriations for the fiscal year 1998, and for other purposes. ...


Other Documents:

105th Congressional Bills Records and Documents

GovRecords.org presents information on various agencies of the United States Government. Even though all information is believed to be credible and accurate, no guarantees are made on the complete accuracy of our government records archive. Care should be taken to verify the information presented by responsible parties. Please see our reference page for congressional, presidential, and judicial branch contact information. GovRecords.org values visitor privacy. Please see the privacy page for more information.
House Rules:

104th House Rules
105th House Rules
106th House Rules

Congressional Bills:

104th Congressional Bills
105th Congressional Bills
106th Congressional Bills
107th Congressional Bills
108th Congressional Bills

Supreme Court Decisions

Supreme Court Decisions

Additional

1995 Privacy Act Documents
1997 Privacy Act Documents
1994 Unified Agenda
2004 Unified Agenda

Congressional Documents:

104th Congressional Documents
105th Congressional Documents
106th Congressional Documents
107th Congressional Documents
108th Congressional Documents

Congressional Directory:

105th Congressional Directory
106th Congressional Directory
107th Congressional Directory
108th Congressional Directory

Public Laws:

104th Congressional Public Laws
105th Congressional Public Laws
106th Congressional Public Laws
107th Congressional Public Laws
108th Congressional Public Laws

Presidential Records

1994 Presidential Documents
1995 Presidential Documents
1996 Presidential Documents
1997 Presidential Documents
1998 Presidential Documents
1999 Presidential Documents
2000 Presidential Documents
2001 Presidential Documents
2002 Presidential Documents
2003 Presidential Documents
2004 Presidential Documents

Home Executive Judicial Legislative Additional Reference About Privacy