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(Jubilee Campaign) – Yesterday evening (September 28), the Senate passed the North Korean Human Rights Act of 2004. This legislation, which originated in the House of Representatives and was passed unanimously by that body in July, will make human rights an issue in any and all negotiations between the United States and North Korea, and would prohibit non-humanitarian aid to that country unless they demonstrate progress on the human rights front. Following the passage of the bill, Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS), made the following remarks: “This bill brings into focus a United States Government position on North Korean human rights abuses, which are extensive, probably the worst human rights abuses in the world. . . . North Korea lost 10 percent of its population in the last 10 years to starvation. We think they have something around 150,000 people, maybe more, in the gulag system, political prisoners. There is trafficking of individuals taking place within that country. They are counterfeiting money. They are drug running. They are gunrunning. This is a criminal enterprise that is taking place.”