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S.Con.Res. 147 (is) To make a technical correction in the enrollment of the bill H.R. 4868. [Introduced in Senate] ...
106th CONGRESS 2d Session S. CON. RES. 146 _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES October 19, 2000 Referred to the Committee on International Relations _______________________________________________________________________ CONCURRENT RESOLUTION Condemning the assassination of Father John Kaiser and others in Kenya, and calling for a thorough investigation to be conducted in those cases, a report on the progress made in such an investigation to be submitted to Congress by December 15, 2000, and a final report on such an investigation to be made public, and for other purposes. Whereas Father John Kaiser, a Catholic of the Order of the Mill Hill Missionaries and a native of Minnesota, who for 36 years served as a missionary in the Kisii and Ngong Dioceses in the Republic of Kenya and advocated the rights of all Kenyans, was shot dead on Wednesday, August 23, 2000; Whereas Father Kaiser was a frequently outspoken advocate on issues of human rights and against the injustice of government corruption in Kenya; Whereas fellow priests report that Father Kaiser spoke to them of his fear for his life on the night before his assassination; Whereas the murders of Father Stallone, Father Graife, and Father Luigi Andeni, all of Marsabit Diocese in Kenya, the circumstances of the murder of Brother Larry Timors of Nakaru Diocese in Kenya, the murder of Father Martin Boyle of Eldoret Diocese, and the murders of other local human rights advocates in Kenya have not yet been fully explained, nor have the perpetrators of these murders been brought to justice; Whereas the report of a Kenyan governmental commission, known as the Akiwumi Commission, on the government's investigation into tribal violence between 1992 and 1997 in Kenya's Great Rift Valley has not yet been released in spite of several requests by numerous church leaders and human rights organizations to have the Commission's findings released to the public; Whereas, after Father Kaiser's assassination, documents were found on his body that he had intended to present to the Akiwumi Commission; Whereas the nongovernmental Kenyan Human Rights Commission has expressed fear that the progress achieved in Kenya during the last few years in the struggle for democracy, the rule of law, respect for human rights, and meeting the basic needs of all Kenyans is jeopardized by the current Kenyan government; and Whereas the 1999 Country Report on Human Rights released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor of the Department of State reports that the Kenyan Government's ``overall human rights record was generally poor, and serious problems remained in many areas; while there were some signs of improvement in a few areas, the situation worsened in others.'': Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), That Congress-- (1) condemns the violent deaths of Father John Kaiser and others who have worked to promote human rights and justice in the Republic of Kenya and expresses its outrage at those deaths; (2) calls for a thorough investigation of those deaths that includes other persons in addition to the Kenyan authorities; (3) calls on the Secretary of State, acting through the Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, to prepare and submit to Congress, by December 15, 2000, a report on the progress made on investigating these killings, including, particularly, a discussion of the actions taken by the Kenyan government to conduct an investigation as described in paragraph (2); (4) calls on the President to support investigation of these killings through all diplomatic means; and (5) calls for the final report of such an investigation to be made public. Passed the Senate October 18 (legislative day, September 22), 2000. Attest: GARY SISCO, Secretary.
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