Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 113 Part 2.djvu/950

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113 STAT. 1501A-432 PUBLIC LAW 106-113—APPENDIX G available to effect the involuntary return of any person to any country unless the Secretary of State first notifies the appropriate congressional committees, except that in the case of an emergency involving a threat to human life the Secretary of State shall notify the appropriate congressional committees as soon as practicable. (c) INVOLUNTARY RETURN DEFINED.— As used in this section, the term "to effect the involuntary return" means to require, by means of physical force or circumstances amounting to a threat thereof, a person to return to a country against the person's will, regardless of whether the person is physically present in the United States and regardless of whether the United States acts directly or through an agent. SEC. 252. HUMAN RIGHTS REPORTS. Section 502B(b) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (22 U.S.C. 2304(b)) is amended by inserting after the fourth sentence the following: "Each report under this section shall describe the extent to which each country has extended protection to refugees, including the provision of first asylum and resettlement.". SEC. 253. GUIDELINES FOR REFUGEE PROCESSING POSTS. (a) GUIDELINES FOR ADDRESSING HOSTILE BIASES.— Section 602(c)(1) of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 (Public Law 105-292; 112 Stat. 2812) is amended by inserting "and of the Department of State" after "Service". (b) GUIDELINES FOR OVERSEAS REFUGEE PROCESSING.— Section 602(c) of such Act is further amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph: "(3) Not later than 120 days after the date of the enactment of the Admiral James W. Nance and Meg Donovan Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 2000 and 2001, the Secretary of State (after consultation with the Attorney General) shall issue guidelines to ensure that persons with potential biases against any refugee applicant, including persons employed by, or otherwise subject to influence by, governments known to be involved in persecution on account of religion, race, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion, shall not in any way be used in processing determinations of refugee status, including interpretation of conversations or examination of documents presented by such applicants.". SEC. 254. GENDER-RELATED PERSECUTION TASK FORCE. (a) ESTABLISHMENT OF TASK FORCE. —The Secretary of State, in consultation with the Attorney General and other appropriate Federal agencies, shall establish a task force with the goal of determining eligibility guidelines for women seeking refugee status overseas due to gender-related persecution. (b) REPORT. —Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of State shall prepare and submit to the Congress a report outlining the guidelines determined by the task force under subsection (a). SEC. 255. ELIGIBILITY FOR REFUGEE STATUS. (a) ELIGIBILITY FOR IN-COUNTRY REFUGEE PROCESSING IN VIETNAM. —For purposes of eligibility for in-country refugee processing for nationals of Vietnam during fiscal years 2000 and 2001, an alien described in subsection (b) or (d) shall be considered