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 Addresses and Remarks

    See also Appointments and Nominations; Bill Signings; Meetings With 
        Foreign Leaders; Resignations and Retirements
    Maryland, visit with wounded troops in Bethesda--2942
    President's health--2942
    Presidential Medal of Freedom, presentation--2944
    Radio address--2941
    White House Conference on the Economy
         Closing remarks--2978
         Financial Challenges for Today and Tomorrow, panel discussion--
            2964
         High Cost of Lawsuit Abuse, panel discussion--2949

 Appointments and Nominations

    Health and Human Services, Secretary, remarks--2943

 Bill Signings

    Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, remarks--
        2985

 Communications to Federal Agencies

    Presidential Determination To Waive the Application of Section 
        901(j) of the Internal Revenue Code With Respect to Libya, 
        memorandum--2941
    Renewal of Trade Agreement With the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, 
        memorandum--2941
    Suspension of Limitations Under the Jerusalem Embassy Act, 
        memorandum--2963

 Communications to Federal Agencies--Continued

    Waiver of Restrictions on Assistance to the Republic of Uzbekistan 
        Under the Cooperative Threat Reduction Act of 1993 and Title V 
        of the FREEDOM Support Act, memorandum--2946

 Executive Orders

    Committee on Ocean Policy--2987

Interviews With the News Media

     Exchanges with reporters
         Bethesda, MD--2942
         Oval Office--2946

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Italy, Prime Minister Berlusconi--2946

Proclamations

    Human Rights Day, Bill of Rights Day, and Human Rights Week--2940
    60th Anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge--2963
    To Take Certain Actions Under the African Growth and Opportunity Act 
        With Respect to Burkina Faso--2939
    Wright Brothers Day--2987

Resignations and Retirements

    Health and Human Services, Secretary, remarks--2943

Supplementary Materials

     Acts approved by the President--2991
     Checklist of White House press releases--2990
     Digest of other White House announcements--2989
     Nominations submitted to the Senate--2990

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 Week Ending Friday, December 17, 2004
 
Proclamation 7853--To Take Certain Actions Under the African Growth and 
Opportunity Act With Respect to Burkina Faso


December 10, 2004

By the President of the United States

of America

A Proclamation

    1. Section 506A(a)(1) of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (the 
``1974 Act'') (19 U.S.C. 2466a(a)(1)), as added by section 111(a) of the 
African Growth and Opportunity Act (title I of Public Law 106-200) 
(AGOA), authorizes the President to designate a country listed in 
section 107 of the AGOA (19 U.S.C. 3706) as a ``beneficiary sub-Saharan 
African country'' if the President determines that the country meets the 
eligibility requirements set forth in section 104 of the AGOA (19 U.S.C. 
3703), as well as the eligibility criteria set forth in section 502 of 
the 1974 Act (19 U.S.C. 2462).
    2. Section 104 of the AGOA authorizes the President to designate a 
country listed in section 107 of the AGOA as an ``eligible sub-Saharan 
African country'' if the President determines that the country meets 
certain eligibility requirements.
    3. Section 112(b)(3)(B) of the AGOA (19 U.S.C. 3721(b)(3)(B)) 
provides special rules for certain apparel articles imported from 
``lesser developed beneficiary sub-Saharan African countries.''
    4. Pursuant to section 104 of the AGOA and section 506A(a)(1) of the 
1974 Act, I have determined that Burkina Faso meets the eligibility 
requirements set forth or referenced therein, and I have decided to 
designate Burkina Faso as a beneficiary sub-Saharan African country.
    5. Burkina Faso satisfies the criterion for treatment as a ``lesser 
developed beneficiary sub-Saharan African country'' under section 
112(b)(3)(B) of the AGOA.
    6. Section 604 of the 1974 Act (19 U.S.C. 2483) authorizes the 
President to embody in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United 
States (HTS) the substance of the relevant provisions of that Act, and 
of other acts affecting import treatment, and actions thereunder, 
including the removal, modification, continuance, or imposition of any 
rate of duty or other import restriction.
    Now, Therefore, I, George W. Bush, President of the United States of 
America, acting under the authority vested in me by the Constitution and 
the laws of the United States of America, including sections 506A and 
604 of the 1974 Act and section 104 of the AGOA, do proclaim that:
    (1) Burkina Faso is designated as an eligible sub-Saharan African 
country and as a beneficiary sub-Saharan African country.
    (2) In order to reflect this designation in the HTS, general note 
16(a) to the HTS is modified by inserting in alphabetical sequence in 
the list of beneficiary sub-Saharan African countries ``Burkina Faso.''
    (3) For purposes of section 112(b)(3)(B) of the AGOA, Burkina Faso 
is a lesser developed beneficiary sub-Saharan African country.
    (4) The modification to the HTS made by this proclamation shall be 
effective with respect to articles entered, or withdrawn from warehouse 
for consumption, 15 days after the date of this proclamation.
    (5) Any provisions of previous proclamations and Executive Orders 
that are inconsistent with this proclamation are superseded to the 
extent of such inconsistency.
    In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this tenth day of 
December, in the year of our Lord two thousand four, and of the 
Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and twenty-
ninth.
                                                George W. Bush

[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 10:39 a.m., December 13, 
2004]

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Note: This proclamation was published in the Federal Register on 
December 14. This item was not received in time for publication in the 
appropriate issue.


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 Week Ending Friday, December 17, 2004
 
Proclamation 7854--Human Rights Day, Bill of Rights Day, and Human 
Rights Week, 2004

 December 10, 2004

 By the President of the United States

 of America

 A Proclamation

    During Human Rights Day, Bill of Rights Day, and Human Rights Week, 
we celebrate the founding ideals of our Nation and emphasize the 
importance of protecting human liberty throughout the world.
    As a Nation, we cherish the values of free speech, equality, and 
religious freedom, and we steadfastly oppose injustice and tyranny. 
Since the founding of America, the Bill of Rights has protected basic 
human rights and liberties. In the United States, all citizens have the 
opportunity to voice their opinions, practice their faith, and enjoy the 
blessings of freedom.
    After the tragedies of World War II, the United Nations General 
Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as part of a 
global effort to curb the cruelty and systematic injustice that had 
destroyed so many lives. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights 
affirms the inalienable rights of people everywhere.
    In the time since, progress has been made in ensuring that human 
dignity is respected, and we have witnessed the rise of democratic 
governments around the world. No other system of government has done 
more to protect minorities, secure the rights of labor, raise the status 
of women, or channel human energy to the pursuits of peace than 
democracy.
    My Administration continues to encourage free and open societies 
around the world. In Burma, we have called on the ruling junta to 
release Aung San Suu Kyi and engage in dialogue to bring democracy to 
that country. We are helping lead the international effort to end the 
suffering in Sudan. We seek to help the people of North Korea, who are 
struggling to survive under severe repression and difficult living 
conditions, and our Nation continues to stand with those who strive for 
democracy in Belarus, Cuba, Iran, and Zimbabwe.
    My Administration also has advanced the fight against human 
trafficking and the abuse and exploitation of women and children, 
particularly of young girls in the sex trade. In addition, we have 
expanded our Nation's support for democracy promotion programs globally 
and have increased the budget for the National Endowment for Democracy 
to strengthen support for free elections, free markets, free speech, and 
human rights advocacy around the world.
    Freedom and dignity are God's gift to each man and woman in the 
world. During this observance, we encourage all nations to continue 
working towards freedom, peace, and security, which can be achieved only 
through democracy, respect for human rights, and the rule of law.
    Now, Therefore, I, George W. Bush, President of the United States of 
America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and 
laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim December 10, 2004, as 
Human Rights Day; December 15, 2004, as Bill of Rights Day; and the week 
beginning December 10, 2004, as Human Rights Week. I call upon the 
people of the United States to honor the legacy of human rights passed 
down to us from previous generations and to mark these observances with 

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