H.R.5382 - Central Asia Democracy and Human Rights Promotion Act of 2006109th Congress (2005-2006)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Smith, Christopher H. [R-NJ-4] (Introduced 05/11/2006)|
|Committees:||House - International Relations; Judiciary|
|Latest Action:||06/22/2006 Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee (Amended) by Voice Vote .|
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Summary: H.R.5382 — 109th Congress (2005-2006)All Bill Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (05/11/2006)
Central Asia Democracy and Human Rights Promotion Act of 2006 - Authorizes the President to provide assistance for the countries of Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) to support democracy, human rights, and the rule of law.
Authorizes additional FY2007-FY2008 appropriations for Voice of America and RFE/RL, Incorporated to expand radio broadcasting in languages spoken in Central Asia.
Conditions assistance for foreign operations, export financing, and related programs to a Central Asian government upon certification by the Secretary of State to the appropriate congressional committees that such government meets specified requirements respecting: (1) democratization; (2) freedoms of speech and the press; (3) freedom of religion; (4) prevention of torture; and (5) rule of law.
Authorizes: (1) a national security waiver; and (2) withheld amounts to be used for democracy assistance.
Conditions assistance for foreign operations, export financing, and related programs to the government of Uzbekistan upon certification by the Secretary to the appropriate congressional committees that: (1) the government of Uzbekistan is making substantial progress in meeting its commitments under the Declaration on the Strategic Partnership and Cooperation Framework Between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the United States of America; and (2) a credible international investigation of the May 2005 shootings in Andijan is underway with the support of the government of Uzbekistan.
Directs the Secretary to: (1) identify Uzbek officials, family members, and associates implicated in the Andijan massacre, or involved in other human rights violations in Uzbekistan; and (2) notify the Secretary of the Treasury, Attorney General, and the appropriate congressional committees of such identification.
Provides for: (1) freezing of assets and visa bans for such individuals; and (2) export prohibition of United States Munitions List items to Uzbekistan.