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North Korean Human Rights Act of 2004

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North Korean Human Rights Act of 2004

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North Korean Human Rights Act of 2004

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North Korean Human Rights Act of 2004

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North Korean Human Rights Act of 2004

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To promote human rights and freedom in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, and for other purposes.


Actions Overview (10)

Date Actions Overview
10/18/2004Became Public Law No: 108-333. (TXT | PDF)
10/18/2004Signed by President.
10/07/2004Presented to President.
10/04/2004Resolving differences -- House actions: On motion that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendment Agreed to by voice vote.(consideration: CR H7981-7986; text as House agreed to Senate amendment: CR H7981-7984 )
09/28/2004Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.
09/28/2004Senate Committee on Foreign Relations discharged by Unanimous Consent.
07/21/2004Passed/agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.(text: CR H6508-6511)
07/16/2004Committee on Judiciary discharged.
05/04/2004Reported (Amended) by the Committee on International Relations. H. Rept. 108-478, Part I.
03/23/2004Introduced in House

All Actions (32)

Date Chamber All Actions
10/18/2004Became Public Law No: 108-333. (TXT | PDF)
10/18/2004Signed by President.
10/07/2004HousePresented to President.
10/04/2004-7:28pmHouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
10/04/2004-7:28pmHouseOn motion that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendment Agreed to by voice vote. (consideration: CR H7981-7986; text as House agreed to Senate amendment: CR H7981-7984 )
10/04/2004-7:10pmHouseDEBATE - The House proceeded with 40 minutes of debate on the motion to suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendment to H.R. 4011.
10/04/2004-7:10pmHouseMr. Leach moved that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendment.
09/29/2004SenateMessage on Senate action sent to the House.
09/28/2004SenatePassed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.
09/28/2004SenateS.Amdt.3728 Amendment SA 3728 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.
09/28/2004SenateS.Amdt.3728 Amendment SA 3728 proposed by Senator Brownback. (consideration: CR S9805) To provide a complete substitute.
09/28/2004SenateMeasure laid before Senate by unanimous consent. (consideration: CR S9805-9806)
09/28/2004SenateSenate Committee on Foreign Relations discharged by Unanimous Consent.
09/07/2004SenateRead twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.
07/22/2004SenateReceived in the Senate.
07/21/2004-6:58pmHouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
07/21/2004-6:57pmHouseOn motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote. (text: CR H6508-6511)
07/21/2004-6:45pmHouseDEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4011.
07/21/2004-6:45pmHouseConsidered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H6508-6515)
07/21/2004-6:44pmHouseMr. Leach moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.
07/16/2004HousePlaced on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 368.
07/16/2004HouseCommittee on Judiciary discharged.
07/06/2004HouseHouse Committee on Judiciary Granted an extension for further consideration ending not later than July 16, 2004.
05/04/2004HouseHouse Committee on Judiciary Granted an extension for further consideration ending not later than July 6, 2004.
05/04/2004HouseReported (Amended) by the Committee on International Relations. H. Rept. 108-478, Part I.
04/02/2004HouseReferred to the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Claims.
Action By: Committee on the Judiciary
03/31/2004HouseOrdered to be Reported (Amended) by Unanimous Consent.
Action By: Committee on International Relations
03/31/2004HouseCommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
Action By: Committee on International Relations
03/23/2004HouseReferred to House Judiciary
03/23/2004HouseReferred to House International Relations
03/23/2004HouseReferred to the Committee on International Relations, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
03/23/2004HouseIntroduced in House

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Committees (3)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House International Relations03/23/2004 Referred to
03/31/2004 Markup by
05/04/2004 Reported by H. Rept. 108-478
House Judiciary03/23/2004 Referred to
07/16/2004 Discharged from
House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Claims04/02/2004 Referred to
Senate Foreign Relations09/07/2004 Referred to
09/28/2004 Discharged from

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Public Law No: 108-333 (10/18/2004)

(This measure has not been amended since it was passed by the Senate on September 28, 2004. The summary of that version is repeated here.)

North Korean Human Rights Act of 2004 - Title I: Promoting the Human Rights of North Koreans - (Sec. 101) Expresses the sense of Congress that: (1) the human rights of North Koreans should remain a key concern in future negotiations between the United States, North Korea, and other parties in Northeast Asia; (2) the United States should increase its support for radio broadcasting to North Korea; (3) the United Nations (UN) has a significant role to play in promoting and improving human rights in North Korea, and the United Nations Commission on Human Rights' adoption of Resolution 2003/10 on the North Korean human rights situation was a positive step, with additional UN attention needed; and (4) the United Sates should explore the possibility of a regional human rights dialogue with North Korea that is modeled on the Helsinki process.

(Sec. 102) Authorizes the President to: (1) provide grants to private, nonprofit organizations to promote human rights, democracy, rule of law, and the development of a market economy in North Korea, including educational and cultural exchanges; and (2) increase the availability of information inside North Korea by increasing the availability of information sources not controlled by the Government of North Korea. Authorizes FY 2005 through 2008 appropriations.

(Sec. 107) Directs the President to appoint within the Department of State a Special Envoy for human rights in North Korea. (States that such person shall be a person of recognized distinction in the field of human rights.)

Title II: Assisting North Koreans in Need - (Sec. 201) Directs the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Secretary of State to report annually (for the next three years) on: (1) U.S. humanitarian assistance to North Koreans; (2) improvements in humanitarian transparency and monitoring inside North Korea; and (3) specific efforts by the United States and U.S. grantees to secure better monitoring and access.

(Sec. 202) Expresses the sense of Congress that: (1) significant increases above current U.S. support levels for humanitarian assistance inside North Korea should be conditioned upon substantial improvements in transparency, monitoring, and access to vulnerable populations throughout North Korea; (2) humanitarian assistance should be monitored so as to minimize the possibility of its political or military diversion; and (3) the United States should encourage other countries that provide food and other humanitarian assistance to North Korea to do so through monitored, transparent channels, rather than through direct, bilateral transfers to the Government of North Korea.

Expresses the sense of Congress that: (1) U.S. humanitarian assistance to the Government of North Korea shall be delivered and monitored according to internationally recognized humanitarian standards, be provided on a needs and not political basis, and be made available to all vulnerable groups in North Korea, no matter where in the country they may be located; and (2) U.S. nonhumanitarian assistance to North Korea shall be contingent upon North Korean progress toward human rights protection, family reunification, prison reform, decriminalization of political activity, and disclosure of information respecting the abduction of citizens of Japan and the Republic of Korea.

(Sec. 203) Authorizes the President to provide assistance to organizations or persons that provide humanitarian assistance or legal assistance to North Koreans who are outside of North Korea without the permission of the Government of North Korea. States that such assistance should be used to provide: (1) humanitarian assistance to North Korean refugees, defectors, migrants, and orphans outside of North Korea, which may include support for refugee camps or temporary settlements; and (2) humanitarian assistance to North Korean women outside of North Korea who are victims of trafficking, or are in danger of being trafficked. Authorizes FY 2005 through 2008 appropriations.

Title III: Protecting North Korean Refugees - (Sec. 301) Directs the Secretary to report on the North Korean refugee situation and U.S. policy toward North Korean refugees and defectors, including: (1) an assessment of whether North Koreans in China have effective access to personnel of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and of whether the Government of China is fulfilling its obligations under the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees; (2) an assessment of whether North Koreans have effective access to U.S. refugee and asylum processing; and (3) the total number of North Koreans who have been admitted into the United States as refugees or asylees in each of the past five years.

(Sec. 302) States that for refugee or asylum status under the Immigration and Nationality Act, a national of the Democratic Republic of Korea shall not be considered a national of the Republic of Korea.

(Sec. 303) Directs the Secretary to facilitate the submission of refugee applications by citizens of North Korea.

(Sec. 304) Expresses the sense of Congress that: (1) the Government of China has obligated itself to provide the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) with unimpeded access to North Koreans inside its borders to enable UNHCR to determine whether they are refugees and whether they require assistance, and that UNHCR donor countries should press China for such access; and (2) should China refuse such access, UNHCR should assert its right of access through arbitration with China.

(Sec. 305) Directs the Secretary and the Secretary of Homeland Security to report annually (for the next six years) on: (1) the numbers of North Koreans admitted as refugees or political asylees; and (2) measures taken to facilitate access to the U.S. refugee program by persons fleeing countries of particular concern for violations of religious freedom.