Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) Introduces Bill to Impose Sanctions On Foreign Officials for LGBT Human Rights Violations

David_Cicilline,_Official_Portrait,_112th_Congress_2Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) has introduced a bill into the House that would impose sanctions on foreigners responsible for LGBT human rights violations.

H.R. 4907 The Global Respect Act takes into account that “more than one-third of laws criminalizing same-sex relations” and recognizes that “There are too many instances in which police, prison, military, and civilian government authorities have been directly complicit in abuses aimed at LGBT citizens, including arbitrary arrest, torture, and sexual abuse.”

The bill proposes that President Obama should communicate to the responsible committees a list of foreign officials complicit in the extrajudicial violations of internationally recognized human rights. As of June 20th the bill has some 17th democratic cosponsors and is awaiting a vote within the House.

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Bill H.R. 4907: "The Global Respect Act"