UPDATED: Look Ahead — Week of June 16 – 20

Jun 17, 2014

(Note RSVP requirement for media covering Wednesday 2pm hearing)
 

*Wednesday’s 10am Full Committee hearing/markup postponed, will be rescheduled*

**Measures added to Wednesday 1:30pm subcommittee markup**

***Witness added to Wednesday 2pm subcommittee hearing***

****Witness added to Thursday 10am subcommittee hearing****

*****Thursday’s Noon subcommittee hearing postponed, to be rescheduled*****

 

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, announced the following upcoming Committee events:
 

Wednesday, June 18

Hearing: Protecting Christian Heritage in Turkey
Markup: H.R. 4347, the Turkey Christian Churches Accountability Act

*Postponed, will be rescheduled*

Committee on Foreign Affairs

Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman

 

Wednesday, June 18

Subcommittee Markup: H.R. 4653, United States Commission on International Religious Freedom Reauthorization Act of 2014, H.Res. 503, H.Res. 588

1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 18 in 2200 Rayburn House Office Building

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

Christopher H. Smith (R-NJ), Chairman

 

Wednesday, June 18

Subcommittee Briefing and Hearing: Human Rights Abuses and Crimes Against Humanity in North Korea

2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 18 in 2200 Rayburn House Office Building

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

Invited Briefers Include:

The Honorable Lee Jong-hoon
Ambassador-at-Large for Human Rights
Republic of Korea

Invited Witnesses Include:

The Honorable Andrew Natsios
Co-Chair
The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea

Shin Chang-Hoon, Ph.D
Director
Center for Global Governance
Asan Institute for Policy Studies

Mr. Shin Dong-hyuk
Survivor of North Korean prison camp

Chairman Smith on the hearing: “The North Korean government’s abuse of its people over the course many years has cemented it as one of the world’s foremost human rights violators.  The UN-backed Commission of Inquiry that carefully examined North Korea’s record found what everyone expected: horrific cruelty and oppression on a massive scale continue inside the country. The witnesses at this week’s hearing will share stories of the brutality of the regime, detail the internationalresponses, and offer suggestions about how we can help alleviate the misery of the North Korean people.”

 

Wednesday, June 18

Joint Subcommittee Hearing: The Bergdahl Exchange: Implications for U.S. NationalSecurity and the Fight Against Terrorism

(Media RSVP requirement by 5pm on Tuesday, June 17. Details HERE.)

2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 18 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade

Ted Poe (R-TX), Chairman

Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

Mr. Mike Waltz
Senior National Security Fellow
New America Foundation
(Commanded a Special Forces’ Company in Eastern Afghanistan in 2009)

Spc. Cody Full, USA, Retired
(Served with Sgt. Bergdahl in Blackfoot Company, Second Platoon)                                   

Mr. Andy Andrews
Father of deceased Second Lieutenant, USA, Darryn Andrews

Mark Jacobson, Ph.D.
Senior Advisor
Truman National Security Project

Chairman Poe on the hearing: “This hearing comes at a critical time. A lot has been said about the Sgt. Bergdahl-Taliban deal, about the President’s circumvention of law, about how bad these Taliban detainees are, about Qatar’s willingness or ability to restrict their activities, and the like. We are holding this hearing to get the ground truth from those who were in Afghanistan when it happened, those whosuffered losses from this ordeal and to try and understand what the consequences of this deal will be.”

Chairman Ros-Lehtinen on the hearing: “I was briefed by Administration officials about a potential swap for Guantanamo detainees in2011, was against it then, and I’m still against it now. In this Taliban swap, the Administration showed once again its willingness to get around Congress, even on major decisions affecting our troops serving overseas, and has a lot to answer for. The five members of the Taliban that the Administration released are extremely dangerous and their release can harm our national security interests in the region. This hearing will help us understand what the implications of this decision may be, both for our troops in Afghanistan and for our ongoing fight against terrorism.”

 

Thursday, June 19

Subcommittee Markup: H. Res. 109 and H. Res. 435

9:45 a.m. on Thursday, June 19 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman

 

Thursday, June 19

Joint Subcommittee Hearing: One Year Under Rouhani: Iran's Abysmal Human Rights Record

10:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 19 in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman

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

Christopher H. Smith (R-NJ), Chairman

Invited Witnesses Include:

Robert P. George, Ph.D.
Chairman
U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom

Ms. Cler Baheri
Member of the Baha’i Community

Mr. Hossein Alizadeh
Regional Program Coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa
International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission

Mr. Amir Hossein Etemadi
Former Iranian political prisoner

Chairman Ros-Lehtinen on the hearing: “With much attention given to Iran’s nuclear ambitions and global terrorist activities, it is important to examine Iran’s abysmal human rights record. Nearly one year since Rouhani’s selection, this so-called moderate leader has not only continued the regime’s oppressive methods, but under his rule, the human rights situation has onlygotten worse. There have been hundreds of executions under Rouhani and reports indicate that there have already been over 250 executions in Iran in the first four months of 2014 alone. Religious minorities, particularly Christians and Baha’i, continue to face systematic discrimination and repression, while other minorities face increased harassment and intimidation. With American citizens still in captivity, it is important to continue to highlight the real face of the Iranian regime, and to shine a light on the Administration’s misplaced priorities in its foreign policy towards Iran.”

Chairman Smith on the hearing: “Even as Iran prepared to request the world’s trust with nuclear capabilities in the next round of P5+1 talks last month, the Iranian police burst into the hospital room of American citizen Pastor Saeed Abedini, savagely beat him until he collapsed in front of his family, and took him back to prison.  Today Pastor Abedin is serving an eight-year sentence for practicingChristianity.  Iran’s continued and savage disregard for the most basic of human rights disqualifies it from regional, much less world, leadership.”

 

Thursday, June 19

Subcommittee Hearing: Thailand: A Democracy in Peril

*****Postponed, to be rescheduled*****

Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific

Steve Chabot (R-OH), Chairman

 

***See www.foreignaffairs.house.gov for updates.

***Coverage note: All Foreign Affairs Committee proceedings are webcast live atwww.foreignaffairs.house.gov/live-video-feed.

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