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Captive Nations Week Summit

  • 325 Russell Senate Office Building (map)

Please join us for a Captive Nations Week Summit on Monday, July 15.

Captive Nations Week was established by Congress in 1959 as a time for the United States to recognize those peoples and nations suffering under the oppression of communist and other totalitarian regimes. The first Captive Nations Week was observed in 1959 under President Dwight D. Eisenhower and as mandated by US law, every president since has reserved the third week of July to remember the captive nations. Although many of the nations named in the original legislation have since become democratic and free, one-fifth of the world’s population is still held captive by communist tyranny today.

The Captive Nations Week Summit will provide an opportunity for policymakers and human rights advocates to hear first-hand from victims of the communist and socialist regimes of China, Cuba, Laos, North Korea, Vietnam, Venezuela, and Nicaragua. Witnesses will deliver reports concerning the repressive policies being implemented in these captive nations. We will also hear from Members of Congress and leading international policymakers about actions the United States and the international community can take to respond to the suffering of those held captive by communist tyranny.


10:30 a.m. Registration

11:00 a.m. Panel I

12:00 p.m. Lunch

12:30 p.m. Panel II

1:30 p.m. Panel III