HR 1133 IH

109th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1133

To advance and strengthen democracy globally through peaceful means and to assist foreign countries to implement democratic forms of government, to strengthen respect for individual freedom, religious freedom, and human rights in foreign countries through increased United States advocacy, to strengthen alliances of democratic countries, to increase funding for programs of nongovernmental organizations, individuals, and private groups that promote democracy, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 3, 2005

Mr. WOLF (for himself, Mr. LANTOS, Mr. SMITH of New Jersey, and Mr. PAYNE) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on International Relations


A BILL

To advance and strengthen democracy globally through peaceful means and to assist foreign countries to implement democratic forms of government, to strengthen respect for individual freedom, religious freedom, and human rights in foreign countries through increased United States advocacy, to strengthen alliances of democratic countries, to increase funding for programs of nongovernmental organizations, individuals, and private groups that promote democracy, and for other purposes.

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS.

TITLE I--DEPARTMENT OF STATE ACTIVITIES

TITLE II--ALLIANCES WITH OTHER DEMOCRATIC COUNTRIES

TITLE III--FUNDING FOR PROMOTION OF DEMOCRACY

TITLE IV--SUPPORT FOR SPECIAL AND REGIONAL INITIATIVES

TITLE V--PRESIDENTIAL ACTIONS

TITLE VI--NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

SEC. 3. STATEMENT OF POLICY.

SEC. 4. DEFINITIONS.

TITLE I--DEPARTMENT OF STATE ACTIVITIES

SEC. 101. PROMOTION OF DEMOCRACY IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES.

SEC. 102. REPORTS.

(aa) All citizens of such county have the right to, and are not restricted in practice from, fully and freely participating in the political life of such country regardless of gender, race, language, religion, or beliefs.

(bb) The national legislative body of such country and, if directly elected, the head of government of such country, are chosen by free, fair, open, and periodic elections, by universal and equal suffrage, and by secret ballot.

(cc) More than one political party in such country has candidates who seek elected office at the national level and such parties are not restricted in their political activities or their process for selecting such candidates except for reasonable administrative requirements commonly applied in countries categorized as fully democratic.

(dd) All citizens in such country have a right to, and are not restricted in practice from, fully exercising the freedoms of thought, conscience, belief, peaceful assembly and association, speech, opinion, and expression, and such country has a free, independent, and pluralistic media.

(ee) The current government of such country did not come to power in a manner contrary to the rule of law.

(ff) Such country possesses an independent judiciary and the government of such country generally respects the rule of law.

SEC. 103. TRANSLATION OF ANNUAL DEPARTMENT OF STATE REPORTS.

SEC. 104. STRATEGIES TO ENHANCE THE PROMOTION OF DEMOCRACY IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES.

SEC. 105. ACTIVITIES BY THE UNITED STATES TO PROMOTE DEMOCRACY AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES.

SEC. 106. DEMOCRACY PROMOTION AND HUMAN RIGHTS ADVISORY BOARD.

SEC. 107. ESTABLISHMENT AND MAINTENANCE OF INTERNET SITE FOR GLOBAL DEMOCRACY AND HUMAN RIGHTS.

SEC. 108. PROGRAMS BY UNITED STATES MISSIONS IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES AND ACTIVITIES OF CHIEFS OF MISSION.

SEC. 109. TRAINING FOR FOREIGN SERVICE OFFICERS.

SEC. 110. PERFORMANCE PAY; PROMOTIONS; FOREIGN SERVICE AWARDS.

SEC. 111. APPOINTMENTS.

TITLE II--ALLIANCES WITH OTHER DEMOCRATIC COUNTRIES

SEC. 201. ALLIANCES WITH OTHER DEMOCRATIC COUNTRIES.

SEC. 202. SENSE OF CONGRESS REGARDING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A DEMOCRACY CAUCUS.

SEC. 203. ANNUAL DIPLOMATIC MISSIONS ON MULTILATERAL ISSUES.

SEC. 204. STRENGTHENING THE COMMUNITY OF DEMOCRACIES.

SEC. 205. FUNDING FOR NONGOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS SUPPORTING A COMMUNITY OF DEMOCRACIES.

SEC. 206. REPORTS.

TITLE III--FUNDING FOR PROMOTION OF DEMOCRACY

SEC. 301. POLICY.

SEC. 302. HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEMOCRACY FUND.

TITLE IV--SUPPORT FOR SPECIAL AND REGIONAL INITIATIVES

SEC. 401. FINDINGS.

SEC. 402. SENSE OF CONGRESS REGARDING SUPPORT FOR REGIONAL INITIATIVES.

TITLE V--PRESIDENTIAL ACTIONS

SEC. 501. DESCRIPTION OF PRESIDENTIAL ACTIONS.

SEC. 502. INVESTIGATION OF VIOLATIONS OF INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN LAW.

SEC. 503. PRESIDENTIAL COMMUNICATIONS.

TITLE VI--NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL

SEC. 601. SPECIAL ASSISTANT ON NONDEMOCRATIC COUNTRIES.

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