Public Papers of Ronald Reagan, 1982

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Author: Ronald W. Reagan  | Date: March 22, 1982

Statement on Signing a Bill Concerning Human Rights in the Soviet Union
March 22, 1982

I have signed House Joint Resolution 373, expressing the sense of the Congress that the Government of the Soviet Union should cease its abuses of the basic human rights of its citizens, in particular the right to freely practice one’s religion and the right to emigrate to another country. The resolution draws special attention to the hardships and discrimination now being imposed upon the Jewish community in the U.S.S.R.

I wholeheartedly join with the Congress in renewing our call to the Soviet Government to cease its repressive actions against those who seek the freedom to emigrate or to practice their religious or cultural traditions. These freedoms are a fundamental part of our American heritage, and their denial is a matter of the deepest concern to our government and citizenry. We urge the Soviet Union to take positive steps to ensure that its policies and practices conform with its international obligations to respect the individual rights of its citizens.

NOTE: As enacted, H.J. Res. 373 is Public Law 97-157, approved March 22.

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Chicago: Ronald W. Reagan, "Statement on Signing a Bill Concerning Human Rights in the Soviet Union," Public Papers of Ronald Reagan, 1982 in Federal Register Division. National Archives and Records Service, Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Ronald Reagan, 1982 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1956-), Pp.1654-1655 Original Sources, accessed April 25, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CRHGDV3BKCS4QS1.

MLA: Reagan, Ronald W. "Statement on Signing a Bill Concerning Human Rights in the Soviet Union." Public Papers of Ronald Reagan, 1982, in Federal Register Division. National Archives and Records Service, Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Ronald Reagan, 1982 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1956-), Pp.1654-1655, Original Sources. 25 Apr. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CRHGDV3BKCS4QS1.

Harvard: Reagan, RW, 'Statement on Signing a Bill Concerning Human Rights in the Soviet Union' in Public Papers of Ronald Reagan, 1982. cited in , Federal Register Division. National Archives and Records Service, Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Ronald Reagan, 1982 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1956-), Pp.1654-1655. Original Sources, retrieved 25 April 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CRHGDV3BKCS4QS1.