PUBLIC LAW 105-292—OCT. 27, 1998 112 STAT. 2799 including particularly severe violations of religious freedom, including diplomatic inquiries, diplomatic protest, official public protest demarche of protest, condemnation within multilateral fora, delay or cancellation of cultural or scientific exchanges, delay or cancellation of working, official, or state visits, reduction of certain assistance funds, termination of certain assistance funds, imposition of targeted trade sanctions, imposition of broad trade sanctions, and withdrawal of the chief of mission. (c) POLICY REVIEW AND RECOMMENDATIONS IN RESPONSE TO PROGRESS.— The Commission, in evaluating the United States Government policies with respect to countries found to be taking deliberate steps and making significant improvement in respect for the right of religious freedom, shall consider and recommend policy options, including private commendation, diplomatic commendation, official public commendation, commendation within multilateral fora, an increase in cultural or scientific exchanges, or both, termination or reduction of existing Presidential actions, an increase in certain assistance funds, and invitations for working, official, or state visits. (d) EFFECTS ON RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES AND INDIVIDUALS. — Together with specific policy recommendations provided under subsections (b) and (c), the Commission shall also indicate its evaluation of the potential effects of such policies, if implemented, on the religious communities and individuals whose rights are found to be violated in the country in question. (e) MONITORING.—The Commission shall, on an ongoing basis, monitor facts and circumstances of violations of religious freedom, in consultation with independent human rights groups and nongovernmental organizations, including churches and other religious communities, and make such recommendations as may be necessary to the appropriate officials and offices in the United States Government. (f) HEARINGS AND SESSIONS. — The Commission may, for the purpose of carrying out its duties under this title, hold hearings, sit and act at times and places in the United States, take testimony, and receive evidence as the Commission considers advisable to carry out the purposes of this Act. SEC. 203. REPORT OF THE COMMISSION. 22 USC 6433. (a) IN GENERAL.— Not later than May 1 of each year, the Commission shall submit a report to the President, the Secretary of State, and Congress setting forth its recommendations for United States policy options based on its evaluations under section 202. (b) CLASSIFIED FORM OF REPORT.— The report may be submitted in classified form, together with a public summary of recommendations, if the classification of information would further the purposes of this Act. (c) INDIVIDUAL OR DISSENTING VIEWS.— Each member of the Commission may include the individual or dissenting views of the member. SEC. 204. APPLICABILITY OF OTHER LAWS. 22 USC 6434. The Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.) shall not apply to the Commission.
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