April 22, 2014Engel Opening Remarks at Media Availability in Ukraine
April 16, 2014Chairman Royce, Ranking Member Engel to Lead Bipartisan Delegation to Ukraine Next Week
April 11, 2014Engel Statement on Administration’s Decision to Deny Visa to Iran UN Ambassador Appointee
April 10, 2014Engel Statement on UNSC Vote Authorizing Peacekeeping Mission in Central African Republic
April 9, 2014Engel Opening Statement at Subcommittee Hearing “Advancing U.S. Interests in the Western Hemisphere: The FY 2015 Foreign Affairs Budget”
April 9, 2014Engel, Conyers and 80 House Members Urge President to Stop Import of Military-Style Firearms
April 9, 2014Engel Opening Statement at Full Committee Hearing “U.S. Foreign Assistance in FY 2015: What are the Priorities, How Effective?”
April 7, 2014Engel Statement on Developments in Eastern Ukraine
April 7, 2014Engel Statement on 20th Anniversary of Rwandan Genocide
April 7, 2014Engel Statement on Indian Elections
Thursday, March 22, 2012
The Ambassador James R. Lilley and Congressman Stephen J. Solarz North Korean Human Rights Reauthorization Act of 2012 extends the 2004 and 2008 Acts
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Howard L. Berman, the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, introduced H.R. 4240 today, the bipartisan North Korean Human Rights Act.
The act was first introduced in 2004 and reauthorized in 2008.
“As innocent North Koreans at great personal risk flee this repressive regime, we have a duty to assist these refugees and prevent their forcible repatriation,” said U.S. Rep. Howard Berman (D-Valley Village). “We must work together with our close ally South Korea, other friends in the region, and the human rights community to expose the horrendous human rights abuses committed by the regime in Pyongyang and help those who have managed to escape the North’s brutality.”
The bipartisan legislation calls on China to halt its forcible repatriation of North Koreans and allow the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees unimpeded access to North Koreans inside China to determine whether fleeing North Koreans require protection.
It also calls for support for human rights and democracy programs in North Korea, and continued efforts to promote freedom of information, as well as extend the Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights Issues.
A copy of the bill appears here .