Committee on International Relations
U.S. House of Representatives

109th Congress
Subcommittee on
Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations
Mr. Smith
Christopher H. Smith, Chairman

World globe

Subcommittee Members of the 109th Congress

Subcommittee Jurisdiction for the 109th Congress


Hearings/Meetings

Note: The Committee's goal is to provide access to electronic transcripts of all hearings and markups as soon as possible. However, not all can be considered "complete transcripts for the record," as they may not contain questions and answers and/or other printed material submitted for the record. In addition, although the utmost care is taken to present an accurate record of each meeting, light editing of the transcript has been allowed for readability.

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109th Congress, 2nd Session

November 14, 2006
Hearing:
Hauge Convention on International Adoptions: Status and the Framework for Implementation
HEARING TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
hearing transcripT (.PDF)
Webcast

September 28, 2006:
Hearing: The Role of Faith-Based Organizations in United States Programming in Africa
HEARING TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
hearing transcript (.PDF)

September 20, 2006:
Hearing: The Deteriorating Peace in Sudan
HEARING TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
hearing transcript (.PDF)
Webcast

September 6, 2006:
Hearing: The United Nations Human Rights Council: Reform or Regression?
HEARING TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
hearing transcript (.PDF)
Webcast 

July 27, 2006:
Hearing: Reviewing the Progress and Charting the Path Ahead: The Microenterprise Results and Accountability Act of 2004    
HEARING TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
hearing transcript (.PDF = 3,918 KB)

July 20, 2006:
Hearing:  Angola’s Long Delayed Election   
HEARING TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
hearing transcript (.PDF = 979 KB)

June 30, 2006:
Hearing:  The Plight of Religious Minorities: Can Religious Pluralism Survive?  
HEARING TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
hearing transcript (.PDF = 1,941 KB)
Webcast

June 29, 2006:
Joint Hearing
:  Somalia: Expanding Crisis in the Horn of Africa  
HEARING TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
hearing transcript (.PDF = 666 KB)
Webcast

June 27, 2006:
Hearing:  Making Safe Blood Available in Africa  
HEARING TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
hearing transcript (.PDF = 789 KB)
Webcast

June 22, 2006:
Markup of:
H. Res. 860,
Calling on the Government of Germany to take immediate action
to combat sex trafficking in connection with the 2006 FIFA World Cup;  
H.R. 4319,
Assistance for Small and Medium Enterprises in Sub-Saharan African
Countries Act of 2005;
H.R. 4780,
Global Online Freedom Act of 2006; and
H.R. 5382,
Central Asia Democracy and Human Rights Promotion Act of 2006
H.R. 5652,
African Development Foundation Act
MARKUP TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
MARKUP transcript (.PDF = 757 KB)
Webcast

June 21, 2006:
Joint Hearing: Trafficking in Persons
hearing transcript (.PDF)

June 14, 2006:
Hearing: Modern-Day Slavery: Spotlight on the 2006 Trafficking in Persons Report, Forced Labor, and Sex Trafficking at the World Cup

HEARING TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
hearing transcript (.PDF = 1,895 KB)
Webcast

June 8, 2006:
Hearing: Removing Obstacles for African Entrepreneurs
HEARING TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
hearing transcript (.PDF = 892 KB)
Webcast

May 25, 2006:
Hearing: The World Hunger Crisis

HEARING TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
hearing transcript (.PDF = 639 KB)
Webcast

May 18, 2006:
Hearing: Nigeria's Struggle with Corruption

HEARING TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
hearing transcript (.PDF = 635 KB)
Webcast

May 16, 2006:

Hearing: Medical Outreach: An Instrument of U.S. Diplomacy 

HEARING TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
hearing transcript (.PDF = 591 KB)
Webcast

May 10, 2006:
Hearing: Current Issues in U.S. Refugee Protection and Resettlement
HEARING TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
hearing transcript (.PDF = 1,626 KB)
Webcast

May 4, 2006:
Hearing: Germany’s World Cup Brothels:  Women and Children at Risk of Exploitation through Trafficking

HEARING TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
hearing transcript (.PDF = 2,116 KB)
Webcast

April 27, 2006:
Joint Hearing: North Korea: Human Rights Update and International Abduction Issues

HEARING TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
hearing transcript (.PDF = 611 KB)

April 26, 2006:
2:00 p.m., 2200 Rayburn House Office Building
Hearing: The Endangered Children of Northern Uganda

HEARING TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
hearing transcript (.PDF = 745 KB)

April 19, 2006:
Hearing: Human Rights in China: Improving or Deteriorating Conditions?
HEARING TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
hearing transcript (.PDF = 1,187 KB)

April 6, 2006:
Hearing: An End to Impunity:  Investigating the 1993 Killing of Mexican Archbishop Juan Jesus Posadas Ocampo
HEARING TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
hearing transcript (.PDF = 562 KB)
Markup of: H.R. 4423
, Ethiopia Consolidation Act of 2005; and H. Res. 608, Condemning the Escalating Levels of Religious Persecution in the People's Republic of China

MARKUP TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
MARKUP transcript (.PDF = 561 KB)

March 29, 2006:
Joint Hearing: The Human Rights Dialogue with Vietnam:  Is Vietnam Making Significant Progress?

HEARING TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
hearing transcript (.PDF = 1,064 KB)

March 28, 2006:
Hearing: Ethiopia’s Troubled Internal Situation
HEARING TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
hearing transcript (.PDF = 819 KB)

March 16, 2006:
Hearing: Monitoring Respect for Human Rights Around the World: A Review of the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2005

HEARING TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
hearing transcript (.PDF = 1,531 KB)

March 15, 2006:
Joint Hearing: The Northern Ireland Peace Process: Policing Advances and Remaining Challenges

HEARING TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
hearing transcript (.PDF = 1,568 KB)

February 28, 2006:
Markup of:
H.R. 3189,
Central Asia Democracy and Human Rights Act of 2005; 
H. Con. Res. 320,
Calling on the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to immediately and unconditionally release Dr. Pham Hong Son and other political prisoners and prisoners of conscience; and  
H. Res. 578,
Concerning the Government of Romania's ban on intercountry adoptions and the welfare of orphaned or abandoned children in Romania.
H. Res. 675, Expressing disapproval of the Arab League's decision to hold its 2006 summit in Khartoum, Sudan and calling on the Arab League, the Government of Sudan, the Sudanese rebels, and the world community to do all they can to end acts of genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan.

MARKUP TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
MARKUP transcript (.PDF = 579 KB)

February 15, 2006:
Joint Hearing: The Internet in China: A Tool for Freedom or Suppression?
Written Responses from Yahoo! for the Record; Written Responses from Mr. James Keith for the Record

HEARING TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
hearing transcript (.PDF = 7,960 KB)

February 8, 2006:
Hearing: The Impact of Liberia’s Election on West Africa

HEARING TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
hearing transcript (.PDF = 1,529 KB)

February 7, 2006:
Joint Hearing: Human Rights in Burma: Where Are We Now and What Do We Do Next?
HEARING TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
hearing transcript (.PDF = 1,049 KB)
 

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109th Congress, 1st Session

November 17, 2005:
Hearing: Getting to “Yes”:  Resolving the 30-Year Conflict over the Status of Western Sahara    

HEARING TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
hearing transcript (.PDF = 518 KB)

November 15, 2005:
Hearing:  In Defense of Human Dignity: The 2005 International Religious Freedom Report
Markup: H. Con. Res. 190, Expressing the sense of the Congress that the Russian Federation should fully protect the freedoms of all religious communities without distinction, whether registered or unregistered, as stipulated by the Russian Constitution and international standards.

MARKUP TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
markup transcript (.PDF = 90 KB)
HEARING TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
hearing transcript (.PDF = 1,434 KB)

November 1, 2005:
Hearing: Sudan: Losing Ground on Peace?  

HEARING TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
hearing transcript (.PDF = 869 KB)

October 27, 2005:
Joint Hearing: Lifting the Veil: Getting the Refugees Out, Getting Our Message In:  An Update on the Implementation of the North Korean Human Rights Act  

HEARING TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
hearing transcript (.PDF = 383 KB)

October 20
, 2005:

Hearing: Africa Growth and Opportunity Act: A Five Year Assessment 

HEARING TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
hearing transcript (.PDF = 443 KB)

October 6, 2005:
Hearing: India’s Unfinished Agenda: Equality and Justice for 200 Million Victims of the Caste System

HEARING TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
hearing transcript (.PDF = 335 KB)

September 20, 2005:
Hearing: Implementing the Microenterprise Results and Accountability Act of 2004
HEARING TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
hearing transcript (.PDF = 916 KB)

September 13, 2005:

Hearing: Protecting Street Children: Vigilantes or the Rule of Law? 

HEARING TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
hearing transcript (.PDF = 5,251 KB)

July 28, 2005:

Hearing: China’s Influence in Africa

HEARING TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
hearing transcript (.PDF = 325 KB)

July 21, 2005:

Markup of: H.R. 3127, Darfur Peace and Accountability Act of 2005
MARKUP TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
MARKUP transcript (.PDF = 476 KB)

July 21, 2005:

Joint Hearing: Falun Gong and China’s Continuing War on Human Rights
HEARING TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
hearing transcript (.PDF = 494 KB)

June 30, 2005:

Hearing: The G-8 Summit and Africa’s Development
HEARING TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
hearing transcript (.PDF = 633 KB)

June 23, 2005:

Hearing: Implementing the 1998 Torture Victims Relief Act 
HEARING TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
hearing transcript (.PDF = 1,940 KB)
Markup of: H.R. 2017, Torture Victims Relief Reauthorization Act of 2005; H. Con. Res. 168, Condemning the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea for the abductions and continued captivity of citizens of the Republic of Korea and Japan as acts of terrorism and gross violations; and H. Res. 333, Supporting the goals and ideals of a National Weekend of Prayer and Reflection for Darfur, Sudan

MARKUP TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
MARKUP transcript (.PDF = 100 KB)

June 20, 2005:

Hearing: Human Rights in Vietnam
HEARING TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
hearing transcript (.PDF = 1,251 KB)

May 26, 2005:  
Markup of:
H.R. 2601
, the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 2006 and 2007
H. Res. 199, Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the massacre at Srebrenica in July 1995.
MARKUP TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
MARKUP transcript (.PDF = 793 KB)

May 18
, 2005:
Hearing: UN Peacekeeping Reform: Seeking Greater Accountability and Integrity

HEARING TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
hearing transcript (.PDF = 191 KB)

May 12
, 2005:
Hearing: Foreign Relations Authorization for FY2006-2007: Embassy and Border Security 

HEARING TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
hearing transcript (.PDF = 200 KB)

May 5
, 2005:
Hearing: Ethiopia and Eritrea: Promoting Stability, Democracy and Human Rights 

HEARING TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
hearing transcript (.PDF = 1,252 KB)

April 28, 2005:

Joint Hearing: The North Korean Human Rights Act of 2004: Issues and Implementation
HEARING TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
hearing transcript (.PDF = 267 KB)

April 26, 2005:

Hearing: Malaria and TB: Implementing Proven Treatment and Eradication Methods
HEARING TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
hearing transcript (.PDF = 225 KB)

April 21, 2005:

Hearing: Zimbabwe: Prospects for Democracy after the March 2005 Elections
HEARING TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
hearing transcript (.PDF = 430 KB)

April 19, 2005:

Briefing and Hearing: The UN Commission on Human Rights: Protector or Accomplice?
HEARING TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
hearing transcript (.PDF = 544 KB)

April 14, 2005:

Hearing: Foreign Relations Authorization for FY 2005-2006: Department of State Management Initiatives

HEARING TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
hearing transcript (.PDF = 271 KB)
Questions and Responses for the Hearing Record
 

March 17, 2005:
Hearing: A Global Review of Human Rights: Examining the State Department's 2004 Annual Report

HEARING TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
hearing transcript (.PDF = 2,719 KB)

March 16, 2005:
Hearing: Northern Ireland Human Rights: Update on The Cory Collusion Inquiry Reports

HEARING TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
hearing transcript (.PDF = 345 KB)

March 10, 2005:
Markup of: H.R. 972, To authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2006 and 2007 for the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2000, and for other purposes; H. Con. Res. 88, Remembering the victims of the genocide that occurred in 1994 in Rwanda and pledging to work to ensure that such an atrocity does not take place again.

MARKUP TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
MARKUP transcript (.PDF = 376 KB)

March 9, 2005:
Hearing: Combating Human Trafficking: Achieving Zero Tolerance

HEARING TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
hearing transcript (.PDF = 1,356 KB)

March 3, 2005:

Joint Markup: H. Con. Res. 81
, Expressing the sense of Congress regarding the two-year anniversary of the human rights crackdown in Cuba.
Joint Hearing:  Year Two of Castro's Brutal Crackdown on Dissidents
MARKUP TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
markup transcript (.PDF = 75 KB)
HEARING TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
hearing transcript (.PDF = 356 KB)

March 1, 2005:

Hearing:  United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo: A Case for Peacekeeping Reform

BRIEFING AND HEARING TRANSCRIPT (.HTM)
briefing and hearing transcript (.PDF = 522 KB)

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