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H.Con.Res. 202 (96th): A concurrent resolution urging the Soviet Union to allow Ida Nudel to emigrate to Israel, and for other purposes.


The text of the resolution below is as of Dec 20, 1979 (Passed Congress).


CONCURRENT RESOLUTIONS—DEC. 20, 1979                           93 STAT. 1437

    IDA NUDEL—RELEASE FROM SOVIET EXILE AND
             EMIGRATION TO ISRAEL                                            Dec. 20,1979
                                                                           [H. Con. Res. 202]
Whereas the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the In-
   ternational Covenant on Civil and Political Rights guarantee to
   all people the right to emigrate; and
Whereas the Final Act of the Conference on Security and Coopera-
   tion in Europe commits signatory countries to "deal in a positive
   and humanitarian spirit" with the applications of persons wish-
   ing to emigrate to rejoin relatives; and
Whereas the Soviet Union signed the Final Act of the Conference
   on Security and Cooperation in Europe, is a party to the Univer-
   sal Declaration of Human Rights, and has ratified the Interna-
   tional Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; and
Whereas Ida Nudel first applied to emigrate from the Soviet Union
   to Israel in 1971 to rejoin her only living relatives; and
 Whereas Ida Nudel has devoted her life to the plight of Jewish po-
   litical prisoners throughout the Soviet Union; and
Whereas Ida Nudel has been convicted by the Soviet Government
   of "malicious hooliganism" for hanging a banner on her balcony
   which said, "KGB, give me my visa"; and
 Whereas Ida Nudel was sentenced to four years of exile in Siberia
   after a trial in which no witnesses were allowed to testify in her
   defense; and
 Whereas Ida Nudel's health has deteriorated to the point where it
   is unlikely that she can withstand another Siberian winter; and
 Whereas the continuing harassment of political and religious activ-
   ists and intellectuals in the Soviet Union and in some other
   countries in Eastern Europe is a source of great concern to the
   American people and the United States Congress: Now, there-
   fore, be it
   Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring),
 That it is the sense of the Congress that, in accordance with the Final   Sense of
 Act of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, the          ^o'^s^'^ss-
 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the International
 Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Union of Soviet Socialist
 Republics should release Ida Nudel from exile and allow her to
 emigrate to Israel so that she can be reunited with her sister and
 husband.
   SEC. 2. The Congress urges the President, acting directly or through
 the Secretary of State or other appropriate executive branch
 officials—
         (1) to continue to express at every suitable opportunity and in
      the strongest terms the opposition of the United States to the
      exile of Ida Nudel to Siberia; and
         (2) to inform the Soviet Union that the United States, in
      evaluating its relations with other countries, will take into
      account the extent to which those countries honor their commit-
      ments under international law, particularly with respect to the
      protection of human rights.
   SEC. 3. The Clerk of the House of Representatives shall transmit        Transmittal to
copies of this resolution to the Soviet Ambassador to the United           Soviet officials.
States and to the Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of
the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
  Agreed to December 20, 1979.