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Commission Chairman Voices Disappointment with House Vote on China Trade

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 25, 2000

Contact:
Lawrence J. Goodrich, Communications Director, (202) 523-3240

The Chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom today expressed regret over the House vote to grant China Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) status without requiring China to show "substantial improvement" on religious freedom. Such a standard was a major recommendation of the Commission's first Annual Report, issued May 1.

McFarland to Testify Before House International Relations Committee on China Trade

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 9, 2000

Contact:
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

"Accession of China to the WTO."

Testimony Of Elliott Abrams on behalf of

The U.S. Commission On International Religious Freedom to the Committee On Ways and Means on: PNTR for China

May 3, 2000

Mr. Chairman and Members of the Committee:

On behalf of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, of which I have the honor to be a member, I wish to thank the Committee for this invitation to testify about the granting of permanent normal trade relations to China.

Commissioner Abrams to Testify Before Ways and Means on China and the WTO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 2, 2000

Contact:
Lawrence J. Goodrich, Communications Director, (202) 523-3240

WHAT:The Hon. Elliott Abrams, member of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and a former Assistant Secretary of State, will testify before the House Ways and Means Committee during a hearing on China's accession to the World Trade Organization.

WHEN:Wednesday, May 3, 2000 at 10:00 a.m.

WHERE:Room 1100, Longworth House Office Building

"People's Republic of China and Religious Freedom in Larger Human Rights Context."

Presented by Vice Chair Michael Young and Chair David Saperstein
U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom

Before the Congressional Human Rights Caucus

April 6, 2000

Commission Vice Chair Michael Young (r) and Chair David Saperstein (l) testify on religious freedom in China before the Congressional Human Rights Caucus.

Introduction

Mr. Chairman and members of the Committee, thank you for inviting the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom to testify concerning the situation of religious freedom in China.

"The U.S. State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 1999."

TESTIMONY ON THE U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT
COUNTRY REPORTS ON HUMAN RIGHTS PRACTICES FOR 1999

PRESENTED BY NINA SHEA, DIRECTOR
CENTER FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM OF FREEDOM HOUSE AND COMMISSIONER, U.S. COMMISSION ON INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

BEFORE THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS INTERNATIONAL OPERATIONS AND HUMAN RIGHTS SUBCOMMITTEE

March 8, 2000

Commission Sets L.A. Hearing on China

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mar. 7, 2000

Contact:
Lawrence J. Goodrich, Communications Director, (202) 523-3240

What:U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom field hearing on religious freedom in China. The purpose of the hearing is to gather information for the Commission's annual report to the Administration and Congress, due May 1.

Where:Los Angeles Unified School District, Board Room, 450 North Grand Avenue

When:March 16, 2000, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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