H.Res.199 - Calling on the Government of the People's Republic of China immediately and unconditionally to release Dr. Yang Jianli, calling on the President of the United States to continue working on behalf of Dr. Yang Jianli for his release, and for other purposes.108th Congress (2003-2004)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Frank, Barney [D-MA-4] (Introduced 04/11/2003)|
|Committees:||House - International Relations|
|Latest Action:||House - 06/25/2003 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection. (All Actions)|
|Roll Call Votes:||There has been 1 roll call vote|
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Engrossed in House (06/25/2003)
[Congressional Bills 108th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [H. Res. 199 Engrossed in House (EH)] In the House of Representatives, U.S., June 25, 2003. Whereas according to the United States Department of State's 2002 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices in China, the Government of the People's Republic of China has ``continued to commit numerous and serious [human rights] abuses'', including ``instances of . . . arbitrary arrest and detention, lengthy incommunicado detention, and denial of due process''; Whereas according to the 2002 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices in China, ``the country's criminal procedures were not in compliance with international standards'', ``the lack of due process in the judicial system remained a serious problem'', and ``authorities routinely violated legal protections in the cases of political dissidents''; Whereas Dr. Yang Jianli, an internationally renowned scholar, prodemocracy activist, and President of the Foundation for China in the 21st Century, is an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence into the United States; Whereas Dr. Yang Jianli has been detained incommunicado by the Government of the People's Republic of China since April 26, 2002, when he was arrested for reportedly entering China with false or incomplete identity documents; Whereas according to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights Resolution 1997/38, ``prolonged incommunicado detention may . . . itself constitute a form of cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment'', which is prohibited by international law; Whereas Dr. Yang Jianli has been deprived of his basic human rights by being denied access to legal counsel and contact with his wife and two children (who are United States citizens), and has also been denied his right to trial within a reasonable time or to release; Whereas on May 7, 2003, the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention expressed the opinion that ``[t]he non-observance of Mr. Yang Jianli's right to a fair trial is of such gravity as to give his deprivation of liberty an arbitrary character. Therefore, his arrest and detention is arbitrary being in contravention of Article 9 of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and of Article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights''; and Whereas the arbitrary imprisonment and the violation of the human rights of United States citizens and permanent resident aliens by the Government of the People's Republic of China are sources of continuing, grave concern to the House of Representatives: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That-- (1) the House of Representatives-- (A) condemns and deplores the incommunicado detention of Dr. Yang Jianli, and calls for his immediate and unconditional release; (B) condemns and deplores the lack of due process afforded to Dr. Yang; (C) strongly urges the Government of the People's Republic of China to respond to the repeated requests by Members of the House of Representatives for information about Dr. Yang's whereabouts and condition; and (D) strongly urges the Government of the People's Republic of China to consider the implications for the broader relationship between the United States and the People's Republic of China of detaining permanent resident aliens of the United States without providing them access to legal counsel or family members; and (2) it is the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States-- (A) should make the immediate release of Dr. Yang Jianli by the Government of the People's Republic of China a top concern of United States foreign policy; (B) should continue to make every effort to assist Dr. Yang Jianli and his family while discussions of his release are ongoing; (C) should make it clear to the Government of the People's Republic of China that the detention of United States citizens and permanent resident aliens and the infliction of human rights violations on these groups are not in the interest of the Government of the People's Republic of China because they create obstacles to improved bilateral relations and cooperation with the United States; and (D) should reiterate the deep concern of the United States regarding the continued imprisonment of Dr. Yang Jianli and other United States citizens and permanent resident aliens whose human rights are being violated, and discuss their legal status and immediate humanitarian needs with the Government of the People's Republic of China. Attest: Clerk.