REPRESENTATIVE SCHAKOWSKY APPLAUDS INTRODUCTION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS INFORMATION ACT OF 1999

April 29, 1999
Press Release

April 29, 1999

REPRESENTATIVE SCHAKOWSKY APPLAUDS INTRODUCTION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS INFORMATION ACT OF 1999

WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) during a news conference today applauded the introduction of the Human Rights Information Act of 1999.  Representative Tom Lantos (D-CA) introduced the legislation.  

The following is Representative Schakowsky's statement.

 "Congressman Lantos, thank you for providing the moral leadership within our own government on the question of human rights, and thank you to those with us today who have paid such a dear personal price in the struggle for human rights.

 "The Human Rights information Act (HRIA) is about practicing what we preach.  It is about the United States government stepping up to its stated commitment to ending human rights abuses throughout the world and supporting those who are seeking the truth.
 
 "How much longer will families have to suffer the agony of not knowing the fate of their loved ones?  If we can end the waiting, then we must.  How much longer will perpetrators live in freedom without having to face the consequences?  The U.S. must not shield torturers and murderers.  I traveled to El Salvador and spoken with the mothers of those who disappeared, and heard the stories of the victims of unimaginable torture.  We must not be complicit in further victimizing the victims.  

 "Swift and comprehensive declassification of all relevant U.S. agency documents is critical to fostering peace and democracy in Guatemala, Honduras, and the world."