H. R. 6481
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 14, 2008
Mr. Berman (for himself and Ms. Zoe Lofgren of California) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
To create a civil action to provide judicial remedies to carry out certain treaty obligations of the United States under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and the Optional Protocol to the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.
This Act may be cited as the
Avena Case Implementation Act of 2008.
Any person whose rights are infringed by a violation by any nonforeign governmental authority of article 36 of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations may in a civil action obtain appropriate relief.
Nature of relief
Appropriate relief for the purposes of this section means—
any declaratory or equitable relief necessary to secure the rights; and
in any case where the plaintiff is convicted of a criminal offense where the violation occurs during and in relation to the investigation or prosecution of that offense, any relief required to remedy the harm done by the violation, including the vitiation of the conviction or sentence where appropriate.
This Act applies with respect to violations occurring before, on, or after the date of the enactment of this Act.