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PUBLIC LAW 105-292—OCT. 27, 1998 112 STAT. 2815 (2) DUTIES OF COMPTROLLER GENERAL.— Not later than Reports. September 1, 2000, the Comptroller General of the United States shall submit to the Committees on the Judiciary of the House of Representatives and the Senate, the Committee on International Relations of the House of Representatives, and the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate a report containing the results of the study conducted under subsection (a)(2). If the Commission requests designated experts to participate with the Comptroller General in the preparation and submission of the report, the Comptroller General shall grant the request. (c) ACCESS TO PROCEEDINGS.— (1) IN GENERAL.— Except as provided in paragraph (2), to facilitate the studies and reports, the Attorney General shall permit the Coroptroller General of the United States and, in the case of a Commission request under subsection (a), the experts designated under subsection (a) to have unrestricted ' access to all stages of all proceedings conducted under section 235(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. (2) EXCEPTIONS. —Paragraph (1) shall not apply in cases in which the alien objects to such access, or the Attorney General determines that the security of a particular proceeding would be threatened by such access, so long as any restrictions on the access of experts designated by the Commission under subsection (a) do not contravene international law. TITLE VII—MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS SEC. 701. BUSINESS CODES OF CONDUCT. 22 USC 6481. (a) CONGRESSIONAL FINDING. —Congress recognizes the increasing importance of transnational corporations as global actors, and their potential for providing positive leadership in their host countries in the area of humgm rights. (b) SENSE OF THE CONGRESS.—It is the sense of the Congress that transnational corporations operating overseas, particularly those corporations operating in coiuitries the governments of which have engaged in or tolerated violations of religious freedom, as identified in the Annual Report, should adopt codes of conduct— (1) upholding the right to freedom of religion of their employees; and (2) ensuring that a worker's religious views and peaceful practices of belief in no way affect, or be allowed to affect, the status or terms of his or her emplo3ment. Approved October 27, 1998. LEGISLATIVE HISTORY—H.R. 2431: HOUSE REPORTS: No. 105-480, Pt. 1 (Comm. on International Relations), Pt. 2 (Comm. on Ways and Means), and Pt. 3 (Comm. on the Judiciary). CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 144 (1998): May 14, considered and passed House. Oct. 8, 9, considered and passed Senate, amended. Oct. 10, House concurred in Senate amendments. WEEKLY COMPILATION OF PRESIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS, Vol. 34 (1998): Oct. 27, Presidential statement.