Ros-Lehtinen Resolution Condemning China’s Harvesting of Organs from Prisoners of Conscience Passes House of Representatives; Engel-Ros-Lehtinen Bill Strengthening U.S.-Caribbean Engagement Also Eases Through the Chamber

Jun 13, 2016

Ros-Lehtinen Resolution Condemning China’s Harvesting of Organs from Prisoners of Conscience Passes House of Representatives; Engel-Ros-Lehtinen Bill Strengthening U.S.-Caribbean Engagement Also Eases Through the Chamber

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, made the following statement today after a measure she authored, H.Res. 343 – Expressing concern regarding persistent and credible reports of systematic, state-sanctioned organ harvesting from non-consenting prisoners of conscience in the People's Republic of China, including from large numbers of Falun Gong practitioners and members of other religious and ethnic minority groups – passed by voice vote, in the U.S. House of Representatives. Ros-Lehtinen introduced the measure on a bipartisan manner alongside her Foreign Affairs Committee colleagues, Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), Rep. Dana Rohracher (R-CA) and Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX), as well as U.S. Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Julia Brownley (D-CA), Sam Farr (D-CA), and David G. Valadao (R-CA). The House also passed H.R. 4939 (386-6) - United States-Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act of 2016 – which was introduced by House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY), with Rep. Ros-Lehtinen as an original cosponsor. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“China has been perpetuating perhaps some of the most gruesome and egregious human rights violations against the Falun Gong and other prisoners of conscience, yet has hardly faced any criticism, let alone sanctions, for these abuses. The regime’s ghoulish and inhumane practice of robbing individuals of their freedom, throwing them in labor camps or prisons, and then executing them and harvesting their organs for transplants is way beyond the pale of comprehension and must be opposed universally and ended unconditionally. By passing my resolution condemning China’s persecution of Falun Gong practitioners and other prisoners of conscience and China’s practice of state-sanctioned forced organ harvesting, the House is taking the lead on promoting American ideals and values and sending a strong message of support and intent for all those suffering gross human rights abuses.

“The House has also taken a key step in prioritizing America’s relationships and influence in our own Hemisphere by passing the U.S.-Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act. Previous administrations have placed great attention to the varied crises and threats to our national security in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, but have lost sight of what is occurring in our own backyard. Greater engagement with the Caribbean nations can be beneficial for our mutual security and economic interests. This bill also allows us to further engage with the Caribbean diaspora here in the United States, which has contributed significantly to our society and has greatly enriched our culture.”

 

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