Relating to the freedom of belief, expression, and association in the People"s Republic of China.
Whereas the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rightsaffirm the freedom of thought, conscience, religion, expression, and assembly as fundamental human rights belonging to all people;
Whereas the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a common standard of achievement for all peoples andall nations, including the People"s Republic of China, a member of the United Nations;
Whereas the People"s Republic of China has signed the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights but has yet ratify thetreaty and thereby make it legally binding;
Whereas the Constitution of the People"s Republic of China provides for the freedom of religious belief and the freedom not tobelieve;
Whereas according to the Department of State and international human rights organizations, the Government of the People"s Republic of China does not provide these freedoms but continues to restrict unregistered religious activities and persecutespersons on the basis of their religious practice through measures including harassment, prolonged detention, physical abuse,incarceration and police closure of places of worship and
Whereas under the International Religious Freedom Act, the Secretary of States has designated the People"s Republic of Chinaas a country of special concern: Now, therefore be
Resolved That the Senate calls on the Government of the People"s Republic of China to --
(1) release all prisoners of conscience and put an immediate end to the harassment, detention, physical abuse, andimprisonment of Chinese citizens exercising their legitimate rights to free belief, expression, and association, and
(2) demonstrate its willingness to abide by internationally accepted norms of freedom of belief expression, and association byrepealing of amending laws and decrees that restrict those freedoms and proceeding promptly to ratify and implement theinternational Covenant on civil and Political Rights.