Friday, August 6, 2010

International Law Update (United States Legislation)

Here is an update of international law activities from the ABA Governmental Affairs Office

Bills Introduced

S 3665 (Lugar, R-IN), to promote the strengthening of the private sector in Pakistan; to Foreign Relations. S6519, CR 7/29/10.

S 3666 (Cardin, D-MD), to authorize certain Department of State personnel, who are responsible for examining and processing united states passport applications, to be able to access certain federal, state and other databases, in order to identify the identity of a passport applicant and to reduce the incidence of fraud; to the Judiciary. S6520, CR 7/29/10.

HR 5971 (Payne, D-NJ), to facilitate lasting peace, rule of law, democracy, and economic recovery in Zimbabwe; to Foreign Affairs. H6404, CR 7/29/10.

H Res 1572 (Smith, R-NJ), to condemn and deplore the violence, threats, fines, and harassment faced by the villagers of Con Dau, Da Nang, for seeking to protect their land, the historic cemetery, and other parish properties, and to receive an equitable resolution of their property dispute, and for other purposes; to Foreign Affairs. H6405, CR 7/29/10.

H Res 1588 (Capuano, D-MA), to express the sense of the House of Representatives on the importance of the full implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement to help ensure peace and stability in Sudan during and after mandated referenda; to Foreign Affairs. H6572, CR 7/30/10.

H Res 1596 (Lungren, R-CA), to condemn al Shabaab for its practice of child conscription on the Horn of Africa; to Foreign Affairs. H6572, CR 7/30/10.

H Res 1599 (McCarthy, D-NY), to reaffirm support for Israel as a longtime friend, ally and strategic partner of the United States and Israel’s right to defend itself; to Foreign Affairs. H6572, CR 7/30/10.

H Res 1601 (Pallone, D-NJ), to recognize that the religious freedom and human rights violations of Kashmiri Pandits has been ongoing since 1989; to Foreign Affairs. H6572, CR 7/30/10.

Floor Action

On 8/02/10, the Senate passed S. Res 604, urging the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to immediately and unconditionally release Sarah Shourd, Joshua Fattal, and Shane Bauer on humanitarian grounds.  

Presidential Action

On 7/29/10 the president continued for one year Executive Order 13441, issued on 8/01/07, which declared a national emergency with respect to the actions of certain persons to undermine the sovereignty of Lebanon on its democratic processes and institutions and certain other persons, pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act. FR 45045.

On 7/27/10, the president signed HJ Res 83 (PL 111-210), approving the renewal of import restrictions contained in the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003.

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