H.Res. 1088: Recognizing the plight of people with albinism in East Africa and condemning their murder and mutilation

H.Res. 1088

Recognizing the plight of people with albinism in East Africa and condemning their murder and mutilation

Sponsor
Rep. Gerald E. Connolly

Date
March 9, 2010 (111th Congress, 2nd Session)

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Floor Situation

H.Res. 1088 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Tuesday, March 9, 2010, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA) on February 22, 2010.

Bill Summary

H.Res. 1088 would resolve that the House of Representatives:
• "Condemns the murder and mutilation of adults and children with albinism for their body parts;
• "Expresses the support of the citizens of the United States for people with albinism in East Africa who have been the victims of such attacks;
• "Recognizes that the murder and mutilation of people because of a genetic condition constitutes a form of gross violation of human rights;
• "Urges the Governments of Tanzania and Burundi to actively and aggressively prosecute and convict the perpetrators of these crimes;
• "Calls for the Governments of Tanzania and Burundi, along with international organizations, to actively support the education of people with albinism about the prevention of skin cancer;
• "Calls for the education of East Africans about the realities of albinism, with the purpose of eliminating the discrimination and treatment of people with albinism;
• "Calls for the United States to provide humanitarian assistance to people with albinism in East Africa; and
• "Calls on the Governments of East Africa to take immediate and forceful action to prevent further violence against persons with albinism and to bring to swift justice those who have engaged in such reprehensible practices."

Background

According to the resolution's findings, in parts of East Africa, most notably Tanzania, shamans promote the reprehensible belief that people with albinism are less than human, and that their body parts can be made into potions to bring wealth or luck.