FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 9, 2000
Lawrence J. Goodrich, Communications Director, (202) 523-3240
WHAT:Steven T. McFarland, Executive Director of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, will testify before the House International Relations Committee during a hearing on whether to grant Permanent Normal Trade Relations status to China.
WHEN:Wednesday, May 10, 2000 at 10:00 a.m.
WHERE:Room 2172, Rayburn Building
BACKGROUND:Mr. McFarland will testify just days after the release of the Commission's annual report, in which the Commission recommended that "Congress should grant China Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) status only after China makes substantial improvement in respect for religious freedom." Mr. McFarland will identify the standards (actions) by which the Commission believes "substantial improvement in religious freedom" should be measured. The full report can be found on the Commission's Web site at www.uscirf.gov.
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom was created by the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 to monitor the status of freedom of thought, conscience, and religion or belief abroad, as defined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and related international instruments, and to give independent policy recommendations to the President, the Secretary of State and the Congress."
Rabbi David Saperstein,Chair
- Dean Michael K. Young,Vice Chair Hon. Elliott Abrams, Laila Al-Marayati, M.D.Hon. John R. Bolton, Firuz Kazemzadeh, Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick, Nina Shea, Justice Charles Z. Smith, Ambassador Robert Seiple, Ex-Officio, Steven T. McFarland, Executive Director