Freedom House Applauds Senate Passage of AGOA, Calls for Swift House Action
May 15, 2015
Following reauthorization of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), by the Senate, Freedom House issued the following statement:
“We applaud Congress’ efforts to provide common sense updates to AGOA,” said Mark P. Lagon, president of Freedom House. “While additional provisions could have been added to incentivize respect for human rights in the countries participating in AGOA, this bill is a step in the right direction and provides greater transparency and opportunity for public input in the eligibility review process. We urge the House of Representatives to swiftly pass this legislation and urge the President to sign it into law.”
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