WASHINGTON, D.C.U.S. Rep. Don Manzullo (R-16) has been appointed to serve on a high-level committee formed to promote human rights protections and monitor enforcement of the rule of law in China.
Manzullo, top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific and the Global Environment, joins eight of his House colleagues, nine senators and five senior White House officials on the Congressional-Executive Commission on China. Manzullo was appointed to the commission by House Republican Leader John Boehner.
The commission, created by Congress in October 2000 as part of the process to allow China entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO), maintains a database of known political prisoners being held in China. It also publishes an annual report to the president outlining specific recommendations to improve Chinas human rights record.
As former chairman of the U.S.-China Interparliamentary Exchange, Manzullo constantly raised issues of human rights abuse and religious persecution to the highest levels of Chinas leadership. He continues to raise these concerns during official meetings through his current leadership position on the Foreign Affairs Committee.
Im honored to serve on this committee with this esteemed group of American leaders to promote human rights protection in China, Manzullo said. For many years, I have brought cases of human rights abuses and political persecutions directly to Chinas government leaders. In many cases, the transparency of these acts has led to more favorable treatment of the persecuted. My appointment to this commission will help me continue this mission toward political and religious freedom in China.
For more information about the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, visithttp://www.cecc.gov.
from the Sept. 19 – 25, 2007, issue