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Upcoming Hearings

July 8, 2015

Reviewing the U.S.-China Civil Nuclear Cooperation Agreement

Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific

July 9, 2015

Africa's Displaced People

Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations

July 9, 2015

The Gulf Cooperation Council Camp David Summit: Any Results?

Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa

Golden Mouse Award
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July 3, 2015

ENGEL: U.S. MUST ACT ON ISIS CULTURAL PROPERTY DESTRUCTION

WASHINGTON, DC—Representative Eliot L. Engel, the top Democrat on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today renewed his calls for Congressional action to crack down on ISIS’s trafficking of looted artifacts to finance its campaign of violence. ISIS terrorists continue to ransack heritage sites and traffic antiquities across the region. Reports also underscore the group's strategic advantage at historic states across Iraq and Syria, and its increasing tendency to destroy archeological sites and loot them for profit and publicity. Representative Engel introduced the Protect and Preserve International Cultural Property Act (HR 1493) which would impose import restrictions on looted artifacts and enhance U.S. government efforts to protect the region's cultural heritage. The bill passed unanimously in the House last month.

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June 25, 2015

ENGEL REMARKS ON ACADEMIC FREEDOM FOR U.S. UNIVERSITIES IN CHINA

WASHINGTON, DC—Representative Eliot L. Engel, the top Democrat on the House Committee on Foreign, today delivered the following statement at the Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations Subcommittee hearing on academic freedom and Chinese influence at U.S. universities:

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June 25, 2015

ENGEL, SALMON, PITTS, MCGOVERN RESOLUTION CALLS FOR SETTLEMENT FOR TIBETAN PEOPLE

WASHINGTON, DC—Representative Eliot L. Engel (NY), the top Democrat on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Representative Matt Salmon (AZ), Chairman of the Asia Pacific Subcommittee, along with co-Chairmen of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, Representatives Joseph Pitts (PA) and James McGovern (MA), today announced that they have introduced a measure calling for meaningful dialogue and a negotiated settlement for the people of Tibet (H.Res. 337). The resolution also acknowledges the contributions of His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama in advance of his 80th birthday, including his tireless efforts to promote, through peaceful means, genuine autonomy for the people of Tibet.

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June 25, 2015

ENGEL STATEMENT ON GLOBAL ANTI-POACHING ACT

WASHINGTON, DC—Representative Eliot L. Engel, the top Democrat on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today made the following statement following the Committee’s markup and approval of the Global Anti-Poaching Act (HR 2494):

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June 24, 2015

ENGEL REMARKS AT HEARING ON COLOMBIA PEACE PROCESS

WASHINGTON, DC—Representative Eliot L. Engel, the leading Democrat on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and a former chair of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, today delivered the following statement at a subcommittee hearing on the peace process in Colombia:

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June 24, 2015

ENGEL: CUT OFF ISIS FUNDING FROM LOOTED ARTIFACTS

WASHINGTON, DC—As ISIS terrorists destroy more historic shrines and other sites in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, Representative Eliot L. Engel, the top Democrat on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today renewed his call for Congressional action on his bipartisan legislation to crack down on the trafficking of looted Syrian artifacts as a funding source for the terrorist group. The Protect and Preserve International Cultural Property Act (HR 1493), which unanimously passed in the House earlier this month, would impose import restrictions on artifacts looted from Syria and enhance U.S. government efforts to protect cultural property.

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June 23, 2015

ENGEL STATEMENT ON IMPENDING EXPORT-IMPORT BANK EXPIRATION

WASHINGTON, DC—Representative Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), the top Democrat on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today made the following statement on the impending expiration of the Export-Import bank:

June 23, 2015

ROYCE, ENGEL, SMITH, BASS INTRODUCE BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO PROMOTE ACCESS TO ELECTRICITY IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), the Committee’s Ranking Member, Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Chairman of the Africa Subcommittee, and Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Africa Subcommittee, introduced bipartisan legislation that would establish a U.S. strategy to support affordable, reliable electricity in sub-Saharan Africa in order to improve economic growth, health and education in Africa.

June 22, 2015

ENGEL STATEMENT ON THE UNITED NATIONS GAZA REPORT

WASHINGTON, DC—Representative Eliot L. Engel, the top Democrat on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today made the following statement on the United Nations Human Rights Council report on last summer’s conflict in Gaza:

June 18, 2015

ENGEL CALLS ON SLOVENIA TO RELEASE FORMER KOSOVO PRIME MINISTER RAMUSH HARADINAJ

WASHINGTON, DC—Representative Eliot L. Engel, the top Democrat on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today made the following statement calling on the Government of Slovenia to release former Prime Minister of Kosovo Ramush Haradinaj who was detained recently on an old warrant from “Serbia and Montenegro,” a country that no longer exists:

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