Summary: S.Res.453 — 113th Congress (2013-2014)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed Senate amended (06/03/2014)

Condemns the charge of apostasy and death sentence of Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag and calls for the release of her and her children.

Encourages U.S. efforts to support religious freedom in Sudan, including by requiring before normalizing relations or lifting sanctions that Sudan abide by international standards of religious freedom.

Urges the government of Sudan to ensure that the drafting process for the new constitution includes civil society leaders and representatives of all major political parties in order to ensure freedom of religion, respect for human rights, and recognition of Sudan as a multireligious, multiethnic, and multicultural nation.

Recognizes that every individual should have the opportunity to practice his or her religion without fear of discrimination.

Reaffirms the commitment of the United States to end religious discrimination and to pursue policies that guarantee the basic human rights of all individuals.

Encourages the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to continue their support for initiatives worldwide that support religious freedom.