Text of the Center for International Human Rights Act of 2002

The text of the bill below is as of Oct 2, 2002 (Introduced).

Source: GPO

I

107th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 5528

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

October 2, 2002

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on International Relations

A BILL

To provide for the establishment of the Center for International Human Rights.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the .

2.

Definitions

In this Act:

(1)

Center

The term Center means the Center for International Human Rights.

(2)

Board

The term Board means the Board of Directors of the Center.

3.

Establishment of Center; purposes

(a)

Establishment

Congress finds that there has been established in the District of Columbia a private, nonprofit corporation known as the Center for International Human Rights which is not an agency or establishment of the United States Government.

(b)

Purposes

The purposes of the Center, as set forth in its articles of incorporation, are—

(1)

to establish programs devoted to the promotion of human rights throughout the world;

(2)

to independently monitor and analyze the status of human rights in Asia, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and throughout the world;

(3)

in conjunction with both private and governmental organizations, to investigate allegations of human rights violations, particularly torture, genocide, extrajudicial killing, imprisonment due to expression of political or religious beliefs, and other gross violations of fundamental human rights;

(4)

to sponsor fellows from the United States and other countries who desire to study current issues related to international human rights at the Center’s headquarters in the District of Columbia;

(5)

to establish and carry out a conference series to bring together experts in the field of international human rights from the United States and other countries to discuss and disseminate information regarding human rights; and

(6)

to make grants to, and enter into co-operative agreements with, nongovernmental organizations to promote human rights, with priority on making grants to, and entering into co-operative agreements with, indigenous human rights organizations in countries the governments of which engage in torture, genocide, extrajudicial killing, imprisonment due to expression of political or religious beliefs, or other gross violations of fundamental human rights.

4.

Grants to Center

The Secretary of State is authorized to make an annual grant to the Center to enable the Center to carry out its purposes as specified in section 3(b). Such grants shall be made with funds specifically appropriated for grants to the Center.

5.

Rule of construction; oversight; related administrative provisions

(a)

Rule of Construction

Nothing in this Act shall be construed to make the Center an agency or establishment of the United States Government or to make the members of the Board of the Center, or the officers or employees of the Center, officers or employees of the United States.

(b)

Oversight

The Center and its grantees shall be subject to the appropriate oversight procedures of Congress.

6.

Authorization of appropriations; availability

There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this Act $15,000,000 for each of the fiscal years 2003 through 2007. Amounts appropriated pursuant to the authorization of appropriations under the preceding sentence are authorized to remain available until expended