Committee on International Relations

COMMITTEE BUSINESS WEEK OF APRIL 18, 2005

***Meetings/Hearings/Markups***

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

2:00 p.m.         

“The UN Commission on Human Rights: Protector or Accomplice?” – Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations.

Witnesses: Mark P. Lagon, Ph.D., Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Organization Affairs, U.S. Department of State; Mr. Bob Fu, President, China Aid Association; The Honorable Richard Williamson, Partner, Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw; Mr. Joseph Loconte, William E. Simon Fellow, The Heritage Foundation; Ms. Jennifer Windsor, Executive Director, Freedom House.

3:00 p.m.         

“The UN Commission on Human Rights: Protector or Accomplice?” - Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations briefing.

Briefer: The Honorable Danilo Turk, Assistant Secretary-General, Department of Political Affairs, United Nations.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

10:30 a.m.       

“Focus on a Changing Japan” – Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific hearing.

Witnesses: Thomas U. Berger, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of International Relations, Boston University; Leonard Schoppa, Jr., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Government and Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia; Mr. Richard Katz, Senior Editor, The Oriental Economist Report, Toyo Keizai America.

1:30 p.m.         

“Gangs and Crime in Latin America” – Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere.

Witnesses: The Honorable Adolfo Franco, Assistant Administrator, Bureau of Latin America and Caribbean, USAID; Mr. Chris Swecker, Assistant Director, Criminal Investigation Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Washington, D.C.; Mr. John P. Torres, Deputy Assistant Director, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Officer Kelly L. Smith, Howard County Police Department, Ellicott City, Maryland; Mr. Stephen Johnson, Senior Policy Analyst, The Heritage Foundation; Mr. Manuel Orozco, Senior Associate, Inter-American Dialogue.

MARKUP OF:

H.R. 193, Expressing support to the organizers and participants of the historic meeting of the Assembly to Promote the Civil Society in Cuba on May 20, 2005, in Havana.  Approved for Full Committee action.

1:30 p.m.         

“The Middle East and the United Nations” – Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia.

Witnesses: Mr. Philo Dibble, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Organization Affairs, U.S. Department of State; The Honorable Richard S. Schifter (Former U.S. Representative to the United Nations Human Rights Commission, and Deputy U.S. Representative to the United Nations Security Council); The Honorable Richard S. Williamson, Partner, Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw, LLP (Former United States Ambassador and Alternate Representative for Special Political Affairs to the United Nations).

Thursday, April 21, 2005

10:30 a.m.       

“Redefining Boundaries: Political Liberalization in the Arab World” – Full Committee hearing.

Witnesses: Hatoon Al- Fassi, Professor of History, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Azzedine Layachi, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Government and Politics, St. Johns University, Queens, New York; Najib Ghadbian, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Arkansas; Amr Hamzawy, Ph.D., Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment, Washington, D.C.; Ms. Amy Hawthorne, Middle East Democracy Analyst and (former founding Editor of Carnegie Endowment’s Arab Reform Bulletin), Washington, D.C.

2:00 p.m.

“Zimbabwe: Prospects for Democracy after the March 2005 Elections” – Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations.

Witnesses: The Honorable Constance Berry Newman, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, U.S. Department of State; Greg Mills, Ph.D., Director-Designate, The Brenthurst Foundation, South Africa; Mr. Jeffrey Krilla, Africa Program Director, International Republican Institute; Ms. Shari Bryan, Regional Director, Southern and East Africa Program; National Democratic Institute; David Coddington, Regional Representative, Southern Africa Office, Catholic Relief Services.

***Legislation Introduced***

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

H. R. 1686 (Cummings) – A bill to require United States assistance for the repair, maintenance, or construction of the transportation infrastructure of Iraq to be provided in the form of loans subject to repayment in full to the United States Government.

H. Con. Res. 134 (Lantos) – Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that the United states should play a leading role in the drafting and adoption of a thematic United Nations convention that affirms the human rights and dignity of persons with disabilities, and for other purposes.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

H. R. 1738 (George Miller) – A bill to assure the safety of American children in foreign-based and domestic institutions, and for other purposes.  (Referred to the Committee on Education.  In addition, referred to HIRC.)

H.R. 1746 (Thornberry) – A bill to require a quadrennial review of the diplomatic strategy and structure of the Department of State and its related agencies to determine how the Department can best fulfill its mission in the 21st century and meet the challenges of a changing world.

Thursday, April 21, 2005

H. Con. Res. 137 (Andrews) – Concurrent resolution expressing the sense of the Congress regarding Turkey’s claims of sovereignty over islands and islets in the Aegean Sea.

H. Res. 225 (Jackson-Lee) – A resolution recognizing the historic steps India and Pakistan have taken toward achieving bilateral peace.

H. Res. 228 (Tom Davis) – A resolution observing the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Republic of Vietnam to the Communist forces of North Vietnam.

H. Res. 229 (McCollum) – A resolution supporting the people of the Togolese Republic in their desire for free, fair, and open elections and the establishment of a democratic, representative government.