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RESOLUTION AS INTRODUCED 2007-2008

HOUSE RESOLUTION

State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

House Resolution


H.R. 33

House resolution expressing strong opposition to and urging effective and immediate congressional action to stop human rights violations by the government of the People’s Republic of China’s human rights violations in the geographic area known as Tibet

Offered by:  Representatives Marek of Newfane, Ancel of Calais, Aswad of Burlington, Barnard of Richmond, Chen of Mendon, Cheney of Norwich, Clarkson of Woodstock, Courcelle of Rutland City, Deen of Westminster, Evans of Essex, Fisher of Lincoln, Frank of Underhill, French of Randolph, Godin of Milton, Grad of Moretown, Haas of Rochester, Heath of Westford, Hunt of Essex, Hutchinson of Randolph, Jerman of Essex, Jewett of Ripton, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Klein of East Montpelier, Kupersmith of S. Burlington, Larson of Burlington, Lenes of Shelburne, Lippert of Hinesburg, Martin of Springfield, Masland of Thetford, McCormack of Rutland City, McCullough of Williston, Milkey of Brattleboro, Minter of Waterbury, Mitchell of Barnard, Moran of Wardsboro, Mrowicki of Putney, Nuovo of Middlebury, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Ojibway of Hartford, Pellett of Chester, Shand of Weathersfield, Smith of Morristown, Spengler of Colchester, Stevens of Shoreham, Sweaney of Windsor, Weston of Burlington and Zuckerman of Burlington

Whereas, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted on December 10, 1948; and that has been reaffirmed by all United Nations member states provides in part:

Article 2.

Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.”

Article 5.

No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”

Article 9.

No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.”

Article 15.

(1) Everyone has the right to a nationality.

(2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality.”

 

Article 17.

(2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.”

Article 20.

(1) Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.

(2) No one may be compelled to belong to an association.”

Article 21.

(1) Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.

(2) Everyone has the right of equal access to public service in his country.

(3) The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.”

Article 30.

Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein,” and

Whereas, the international Convention On Human Rights indicates in its preamble that disregard and contempt for human rights deserves condemnation by the international community when it results in barbarous acts which outrage the conscience of mankind, and prevent or delay the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from want and fear, and

Whereas the UN Commission on Human Rights Resolution 1993/77, entitled “Forced Evictions” states, “the practice of forced evictions constitutes a gross violation of human rights,” and

Whereas, the Chinese government has forced both Tibetan natives and Han Chinese to relocate in direct violation of both Article 17 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the UN Commission on Human Rights Resolution 1993/77 and

Whereas, the barbarous acts of the government of the People’s Republic of China, within the area known as Tibet, have jolted and continue to jolt the conscience of mankind, now therefore be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives:

That this legislative body expresses its strong opposition to the government of the People’s Republic of China’s fundamental human rights violations in the geographic area known as Tibet, and be it further

Resolved:  That this legislative body urges Congress to take effective and immediate action to stop these fundamental human rights violations, and be it further

Resolved:  That the clerk of the house be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the United States, to the International Campaign for Tibet, and to the Vermont Congressional Delegation.

 

____________________________              Attested to:

Gaye R. Symington

Speaker of the House

                                                                      ____________________________

                                                                      Donald G. Milne

                                                                      Clerk, House of Representatives



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