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                                    HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 4402



State of Washington                               51st Legislature                              1989 Regular Session


By Representatives Valle, S. Wilson, Ebersole, Crane, Brekke, Nelson, Leonard, O'Brien, Miller, Ferguson and May



Read first time 1/16/89 and referred to Committee on State Government.



WHEREAS, The Goodwill Games of 1990 will offer the opportunity for cultural and sports exchange between the peoples of the United States and the Soviet Union; and

          WHEREAS, Such cultural exchanges can profit both nations; and

          WHEREAS, Our long-term relationships with the Soviet Union will be much more productive if they understand our society's deep commitment to the human rights of individuals throughout the world; and

          WHEREAS, The Soviet Union's recent efforts at Glasnost and Perestroika offer rare opportunities to encourage improvement in the treatment of Jewish refusniks and other religious, cultural, and political minorities; and

          WHEREAS, The Washington state legislature wants to ensure that the issue of human rights will be on the agenda of the Seattle Games, and the Washington state legislature cannot and will not turn a blind eye to the absence of freedom of movement and freedom of religion to those in the Soviet Union;

          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, By the House of Representatives of the state of Washington, the Senate concurring, That the Washington state legislature urges the Seattle Organizing Committee for the Goodwill Games to find constructive ways to put human rights discussions on the agenda for the Goodwill Games.