H.J.Res.535 - Designating September 9, 1992, as "Haitian Freedom Day".102nd Congress (1991-1992)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Rangel, Charles B. [D-NY-16] (Introduced 08/04/1992)|
|Committees:||House - Post Office and Civil Service|
|Latest Action:||House - 08/10/1992 Referred to the Subcommittee on Census and Population. (All Actions)|
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HJ 535 IH 102d CONGRESS 2d Session H. J. RES. 535 Designating September 9, 1992, as `Haitian Freedom Day'. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES August 4, 1992 Mr. RANGEL introduced the following joint resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Post Office and Civil Service JOINT RESOLUTION Designating September 9, 1992, as `Haitian Freedom Day'. Whereas the people of Haiti have repeatedly manifested their aspirations for democracy, a constitutional government, and equitable economic development, as outlined in the Constitution of the Republic of Haiti, which was ratified on March 19, 1987; Whereas the 1987 Presidential election in Haiti was canceled due to widespread violence on the day of the election; Whereas the people of Haiti participated in a 2d, internationally supervised, Presidential election on December 16, 1990; Whereas, in such election, which was recognized by international observers as free, fair, and open, President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was elected by almost 70 percent of the vote; Whereas, on September 30, 1991, elements of the Haitian military launched an armed attack against President Aristide and the people of Haiti; Whereas President Aristide was forced to leave Haiti, and a military junta has seized power; Whereas, since the departure of President Aristide, military forces loyal to the junta have reportedly engaged in widespread murder and intimidation of the people of Haiti; Whereas the Federal Government has joined the Organization of American States in condemning the coup and imposing an economic embargo against the de facto Government of Haiti; Whereas Members of Congress have introduced legislation to penalize supporters of the coup of September 30; Whereas Members of Congress have introduced legislation to ensure that Haitian refugees are treated in accordance with international law and the law of the United States and are considered for safe haven in the United States until democracy is restored in Haiti; Whereas Haitian-Americans, African-Americans, and people in the United States of all races and national backgrounds have joined together to support the restoration of democracy in Haiti and the fair and compassionate treatment of Haitian refugees; Whereas people in the United States of all religions, whether Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, or Hindu, have joined in the movement to support the restoration of democracy in Haiti and the fair and compassionate treatment of Haitian refugees; and Whereas, in an initiative spearheaded by TransAfrica, Incorporated, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, supporters of democracy in Haiti and fair treatment of Haitian refugees will rally at the White House on September 9, 1992, to appeal to the President to support the cause vigorously: Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That September 9, 1992, is designated as `Haitian Freedom Day', and the President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe the day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.