H.Res.545 - Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives on the arrest of Sanjar Umarov in Uzbekistan.109th Congress (2005-2006)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana [R-FL-18] (Introduced 11/10/2005)|
|Committees:||House - International Relations|
|Latest Action:||House - 12/18/2005 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection. (All Actions)|
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[Congressional Bills 109th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [H. Res. 545 Engrossed in House (EH)] H. Res. 545 In the House of Representatives, U.S., December 18, 2005. Whereas the United States supports the development of democracy, free markets, and civil society in Uzbekistan and in other states in Central Asia; Whereas the rule of law, the impartial application of the law, and equal justice for all courts of law are pillars of all democratic societies; Whereas Sanjar Umarov was reportedly arrested in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, on October 22, 2005; Whereas Sanjar Umarov is a businessman and leader of the Uzbek opposition party, Sunshine Coalition; Whereas Sanjar Umarov was reportedly taken into custody on October 22, 2005, during a crackdown on the Sunshine Coalition that included a raid of its offices and seizure of its records; Whereas Sanjar Umarov was reportedly charged with grand larceny; Whereas press accounts report that representatives of Sanjar Umarov claim that Mr. Umarov was drugged and abused while at his pretrial confinement center in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, but such accounts could not be immediately confirmed, and official information about the health, whereabouts, and treatment while in custody of Mr. Umarov has thus far been unavailable; Whereas the United States has expressed its serious concern regarding the overall state of human rights in Uzbekistan and is seeking to clarify the facts of this case; Whereas the European Union (EU) and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) have expressed concern about the arrest and possible abuse of Sanjar Umarov; and Whereas the Government of Uzbekistan is party to various treaty obligations, and in particular those under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which obligate governments to provide for due process in criminal cases: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That it is the sense of the House of Representatives that-- (1) the law enforcement and judicial authorities of Uzbekistan should ensure that Sanjar Umarov is accorded the full measure of his rights under the Uzbekistan Constitution to defend himself against any and all charges that may be brought against him, in a fair and transparent process, so that individual justice may be done; (2) the Government of Uzbekistan should observe its various treaty obligations, especially those under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which obligate governments to provide for due process in criminal cases; and (3) the Government of Uzbekistan should publicly clarify the charges against Sanjar Umarov, his current condition, and his whereabouts. Attest: Clerk.