S.Con.Res. 88 (109th): A concurrent resolution urging the Government of China to reinstate all licenses of Gao Zhisheng and his law firm, remove all legal and political obstacles for lawyers attempting to defend criminal cases in China, including politically sensitive cases, and revise law and practice in China so that it conforms to international standards.

Apr 07, 2006 (109th Congress, 2005–2006)
Died (Referred to Committee)
Russell Feingold
Senator from Wisconsin
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Apr 07, 2006
10 pages
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H.Con.Res. 365 (Related)
Urging the Government of China to reinstate all licenses of Gao Zhisheng and his ...

Passed House
Last Action: Apr 26, 2006


This resolution was introduced on April 7, 2006, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced Apr 07, 2006
Referred to Committee Apr 07, 2006

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S.Con.Res. stands for Senate concurrent resolution.

A concurrent resolution is often used for matters that affect the rules of Congress or to express the sentiment of Congress. It must be agreed to by both the House and Senate in identical form but is not signed by the president and does not carry the force of law.

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Commends "rights defense" lawyers and activists of the People's Republic China (PRC) for their courage and integrity, and expresses moral support for this grass-roots rights defense movement in the PRC.
Urges the government of the PRC to:
(1) reinstate all licenses of GAO Zhisheng and his law firm;
(2) remove all legal and political obstacles for lawyers attempting to defend criminal and politically sensitive cases in the PRC;
(3) revise law and practice in the PRC to conform to international standards; and
(4) allow religious believers in China to practice their religion without interference, and release Pastor Cai Zhuohua, his wife, and others imprisoned with him, and allow Pastor Cai to resume religious activities.
Expresses the sense of Congress that:
(1) the U.S. government should support democracy and human rights programs in the PRC that strengthen protection of basic rights and freedoms, and should initiate programs to train lawyers, judges, academics, and students about international human rights law;
(2) the U.S. government should support programs to promote legal protections and cultural awareness of the right to freedom of religion or belief; and
(3) the President should raise the issue of the PRC's harassment, arrest, and persecution of rights defense lawyers and activists and the need to respect the basic human rights of its citizens and the rule of law during his planned April 2006 meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao.

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