S.J.Res.195 - A joint resolution to designate August 1, 1994, as "Helsinki Human Rights Day".103rd Congress (1993-1994)
|Sponsor:||Sen. DeConcini, Dennis [D-AZ] (Introduced 05/19/1994)|
|Committees:||Senate - Judiciary | House - Foreign Affairs; Post Office and Civil Service|
|Latest Action:||08/11/1994 Became Public Law No: 103-294. (All Actions)|
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[Congressional Bills 103th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [S.J. Res. 195 Enrolled Bill (ENR)] S.J.Res. 195 One Hundred Third Congress of the United States of America AT THE SECOND SESSION Begun and held at the City of Washington on Tuesday, the twenty-fifth day of January, one thousand nine hundred and ninety- four Joint Resolution To designate August 1, 1994, as ``Helsinki Human Rights Day''. Whereas August 1, 1994, is the 19th anniversary of the signing of the Final Act of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) (hereafter referred to as the ``Helsinki Accords''); Whereas the participating States have declared their determination to fully respect and apply the Helsinki Principles Guiding Relations among participating States, including respect for human rights, the territorial integrity of States, and the inviolability of frontiers; Whereas the participating States have declared that ``the protection and promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms and the strengthening of democratic institutions continue to be a vital basis for our comprehensive security''; Whereas the participating States have declared that ``respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the rights of persons belonging to national minorities, democracy, the rule of law, economic liberty, social justice, and environmental responsibility are our common aims''; Whereas the participating States have acknowledged that ``there is still much work to be done in building democratic and pluralistic societies, where diversity is fully protected and respected in practice''; Whereas the war in Bosnia and Hercegovina has resulted in organized, systematic, and premeditated war crimes and genocide and has threatened stability and security in Europe; Whereas ethnic tensions, civil unrest, and egregious human rights abuses in several of the recently admitted CSCE States continue to result in significant violations of CSCE commitments; and Whereas the CSCE has contributed to positive developments in Europe by promoting and furthering respect for the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all individuals and groups and provides an appropriate framework for the further development of such rights and freedoms and genuine security and cooperation among the participating States: Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. HELSINKI HUMAN RIGHTS DAY. (a) Designation.--August 1, 1994, the 19th anniversary of the signing of the Final Act of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, is designated as ``Helsinki Human Rights Day''. (b) Proclamation.--The President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation reasserting America's commitment to full implementation of the human rights and humanitarian provisions of the Helsinki Accords, urging all signatory States to abide by their obligations under the Helsinki Accords, and encouraging the people of the United States to join the President and Congress in observance of Helsinki Human Rights Day with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities. (c) Human Rights.--The President is requested to convey to all signatories of the Helsinki Accords that respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms continues to be a vital element of further progress in the ongoing Helsinki process; and to develop new proposals to advance the human rights objectives of the Helsinki process, and in so doing to address the major problems that remain. SEC. 2. TRANSMITTAL. The Secretary of State is directed to transmit copies of this joint resolution to the Ambassadors or representatives to the United States of the other 52 Helsinki signatory States. Speaker of the House of Representatives. Vice President of the United States and President of the Senate.