Summary: H.Con.Res.216 — 102nd Congress (1991-1992)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed House amended (11/19/1991)

Sets forth congressional findings with respect to China's: (1) exploiting the labor of Chinese prisoners to produce cheap products for export; (2) detaining many prisoners past the expiration of their sentences in violation of internationally recognized human rights; and (3) holding such prisoners in conditions that fall below international standards for the treatment of prisoners.

Urges China to: (1) allow international inspections of detention places suspected of producing export goods; (2) release the texts of government policies regarding such exportation, other than the October 10, 1991, joint declaration by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations and the Chinese Ministry of Justice banning prison-made exports; (3) detail steps it will take to enforce such declaration and any other policy prohibiting forced labor exports; and (4) reform the Chinese political, judicial, penal, and economic systems so that Chinese citizens are not jailed for their political and religious beliefs (and receive fair and open trials for any crimes of which they are accused), Chinese prisoners are compensated for their work, and workplace conditions in Chinese prisons are safe and humane.

Urges Hong Kong and other nations through which Chinese products are transshipped to: (1) prohibit the importation of Chinese forced labor products; and (2) investigate trading companies suspected of dealing in prison-made goods.