H.Res. 1215: Expressing support for Bangladesh's return to democracy

H.Res. 1215

Expressing support for Bangladesh's return to democracy

Sponsor
Rep. Joseph Crowley

Date
March 24, 2010 (111th Congress, 2nd Session)

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Floor Situation

H.Res. 1215 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Thursday, March 25, 2010, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY) on March 24, 2010.

 

Bill Summary

H.Res. 1215 would resolve that the House of Representatives:
• "Expresses its strong support for the people of Bangladesh;
• "Encourages the strengthening and consolidation of democracy in Bangladesh one year after the election;
• "Urges the Government of Bangladesh to work together with all political leaders to continue and deepen reconciliation;
• "Appreciates the Government of Bangladesh for making progress in meeting the selection criteria of the Millennium Challenge Corporation;
• "Urges the Government of Bangladesh to protect the rights of religious and ethnic minorities in Bangladesh, including the Hindus, Christians, Buddhists, Ahmadis, and non-Muslim tribal peoples;
• "Urges the Anti-Corruption Commission in Bangladesh to continue its efforts to eradicate corruption;
• "Urges the President to coordinate with Bangladesh on matters pertaining to security, economic progress, and human rights in South Asia; and
• "Encourages the Secretary of State and the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development to commit increased resources in supporting the building of a strong civil society and eradicating poverty in Bangladesh."

Background

According to the resolution's findings, March 26 is the anniversary of Bangladesh's independence. The Constitution of Bangladesh was ratified in 1972 following a war of independence and it established a democracy ruled by and for the people of Bangladesh.