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House Proceeding 02-25-09 on Feb 25th, 2009 :: 0:53:25 to 0:58:40
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Frank R. Wolf

0:53:21 to 0:53:43( Edit History Discussion )

Frank R. Wolf: congressional district and good americans when i pledge the service and sacrifice of staff sergeant mark j. small will always be remembered and forever honored. i yield back the balance of my time, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. mr. wolf from virginia. without objection, the gentleman

Frank R. Wolf

0:53:25 to 0:58:40( Edit History Discussion )
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Frank R. Wolf

0:53:44 to 0:54:04( Edit History Discussion )

Frank R. Wolf: is recognized for five minutes. mr. wolf: today, the state department released its annual human rights report, an exhaustive report which documents the human rights abuses. the report highlights several disturbing global trends in the area of human rights that these trends confirm the continuing

Frank R. Wolf

0:54:05 to 0:54:26( Edit History Discussion )

Frank R. Wolf: need for vigorous united states diplomacy to act and speak out. and yet, americ diplomat, secretary of state clinton on could not publicly oppress the chinese government on the human rights abuses during her recent visit, which begs the question, has the situation improved so dramatically so as to justify

Frank R. Wolf

0:54:27 to 0:54:49( Edit History Discussion )

Frank R. Wolf: real gaiting human rights to the back burner. was last year a banner year for the chinese government earmarked by tremendous reform and freedom. has a new day dawned for the people of china? and the answer is no. we look no further than the state department's own report that came out today that says such notions could not be further from the truth and would

Frank R. Wolf

0:54:50 to 0:55:11( Edit History Discussion )

Frank R. Wolf: be laughable if the reality if the situation wasn't so sobering, a few excerpts from the report. quote, the government of china human rights record remain poor and worse in some areas. it controlled freedom of speech, the press, assembly and movement. they committed killings and

Frank R. Wolf

0:55:12 to 0:55:32( Edit History Discussion )

Frank R. Wolf: torture and coerced confessions and used forced labor. the china eat government increased detention and harassment of dissidents. for people of faith, the situation was grim. the report says authorities disrupted church meetings, retreats, detained, beat, harassed church leaders and members, harassment of

Frank R. Wolf

0:55:33 to 0:55:53( Edit History Discussion )

Frank R. Wolf: unregistered catholic bishops, priests and lay persons continued including surveilnce and detention. this is the state department's report that came out today and yet secretary of state clinton -- north korea, refugee reports thatuthorities stepped up efforts, authorities in china to

Frank R. Wolf

0:55:54 to 0:56:15( Edit History Discussion )

Frank R. Wolf: locate and detain and forcibly return north koreans to north korea basically ghoul augusts. on forced labor it said it is a serious problem. and i'm running on. for tibet, the government's

Frank R. Wolf

0:56:16 to 0:56:38( Edit History Discussion )

Frank R. Wolf: human rights, deteriorated seriously. authorities continued to commit human rights abuses, torture, arbitrary extrajudicial detention and goes on. the list goes on. i marvel that there could be such a disconnect between the systemic documented abuses of

Frank R. Wolf

0:56:39 to 0:56:59( Edit History Discussion )

Frank R. Wolf: the chinese government as stated in the report and the speaking out and the shocking silence of secretary clinton. the chinese government could barely contain their excitement about secretary clinton's silence. ap reported quote, china gave

Frank R. Wolf

0:57:00 to 0:57:20( Edit History Discussion )

Frank R. Wolf: u.s. secretary of state clinton a glowing review and no wonder they gave her a glowing review because she didn't say anything during her visit and she stayed clear of human rights issues. china doesn't want our secretary to speak on human rights and that's the very reason they should speak out.

Frank R. Wolf

0:57:21 to 0:57:41( Edit History Discussion )

Frank R. Wolf: in fact, mr. speaker, silence in itself is a message, not just to the chinese government, but to the chinese people whose struggles are outlined in grim details. martin luther king said and i quote, he said, in the end, we will rember not the words of

Frank R. Wolf

0:57:42 to 0:58:03( Edit History Discussion )

Frank R. Wolf: our enemies, but the silence of our friends. the silence of our friends. for the secretary of state to be silent on the issue the persecution in china, whether it be the number -- can you imagine, mr. speaker, how a catholic bishop or a buddhist

Frank R. Wolf

0:58:04 to 0:58:25( Edit History Discussion )

Frank R. Wolf: monk or a pastor or muslim was came around and said, see, your secretary of state was in town and she never even raised the issue. the way to do this is the way that ronald reagan did it in the 1980's. every time president reagan would go to moscow or whatever, they would spe out on behalf

Frank R. Wolf

0:58:26 to 0:58:41( Edit History Discussion )

Frank R. Wolf: of human rights. our embassies were islands of freedom. and so i ask the secretary to make it clear, is this a retreat on human rhts? did you just make a mistake and the sound of silence is being

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