Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 112 Part 5.djvu/36

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112 STAT. 2794 PUBLIC LAW 105-292—OCT. 27, 1998 (i) COUNTRIES IN WHICH THE UNITED STATES IS ACTIVELY PROMOTING RELIGIOUS FREEDOM. —An identification of foreign countries in which the United States is actively promoting religious freedom. This section of the report shall include a description of United States actions taken to promote the internationaly recognized right to freedom of religion and oppose violations of such right under title IV and title V of this Act during the period covered by the Annual Report. Any country designated as a country of particular concern for religious freedom under section 402(b)(1) shall be included in this section of the report. (ii) COUNTRIES OF SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENT IN RELIGIOUS FREEDOM.— An identification of foreign countries the governments of which have demonstrated significant improvement in the protection and promotion of the internationaly recognized right to freedom of religion during the period covered by the Annual Report. This section of the report shall include a description of the nature of the improvement and an analysis of the factors contributing to such improvement, including actions taken by the United States under this Act. (2) CLASSIFIED ADDENDUM. — If the Secretary of State determines that it is in the national security interests of the United States or is necessary for the safety of individuals to be identified in the Annual Report or is necessary to further the purposes of this Act, any information required by paragraph (1), including measures or actions taken by the United States, may be summarized in the Annual Report or the Executive Summary and submitted in more detail in a classified addendum to the Annual Report or the Executive Summary. (c) PREPARATION OF REPORTS REGARDING VIOLATIONS OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM. — (1) STANDARDS AND INVESTIGATIONS. — The Secretary of State shall ensure that United States missions abroad maintain a consistent reporting standard and thoroughly investigate reports of violations of the internationaly recognized right to freedom of religion. (2) CONTACTS WITH NONGOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS. — In compiling data and assessing the respect of the right to religious freedom for the Human Rights Reports, the ^nual Report on International Religious Freedom, and the Executive Summary, United States mission personnel shall, as appropriate, seek out and maintain contacts with religious and human rights nongovernmental organizations, with the consent of those organizations, including receiving reports and updates from such organizations and, when appropriate, investigating such reports. (d) AMENDMENTS TO THE FOREIGN ASSISTANCE ACT OF 1961. — (1) CONTENT OF HUMAN RIGHTS REPORTS FOR COUNTRIES RECEIVING ECONOMIC ASSISTANCE. —Section 116(d) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (22 U.S.C. 2151n(d)) is amended— (A) by striking "and" at the end of paragraph (4); (B) by striking the period at the end of paragraph (5) and inserting "; and "; and (C) by adding at the end the following: