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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Humanitarian Crisis in Iraq

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 10:00am
2103 Rayburn House Office Building


Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a staff briefing on the humanitarian crisis in Iraq.

As the violence in Iraq continues to intensify, the violation of the human rights of the Iraqi people continues to escalate. The sectarian policies of the government, expansion of the Islamic State (previously the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant), and the resurgence of sectarian militias have led to a devastating humanitarian crisis in Iraq. Having taken control of land between Diyala, Iraq through to portions of Syria, the Islamic State has stated they are seeking to establish a caliphate enshrined in Islamic jurisprudence. In the wake of this renewed violence in Iraq, Iraqis have suffered mass displacement of citizens, disruption in the distribution of humanitarian aid, sectarian conflicts, attacks against minority populations and other alarming human rights violations. Join us as we hear from experts discuss the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Iraq.

Hosted by:

James P. McGovern
Member of Congress
Co-Chair, TLHRC
Frank R. Wolf
Member of Congress
Co-Chair, TLHRC



  • Jana Mason, Senior Advisor for Government Relations and External Affairs, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Jillian Burns, Director of the Near East Region Office with the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Department of State
  • Pascale Warda, founding member of Hammurabi Human Rights Organization and former Iraqi Minister of Displacement and Migration
  • Sarah Margon, Washington Director, Human Rights Watch
  • Sarhang Hamasaeed, Senior Program Officer for Middle East and Africa, United States Institute of Peace


  • Kenneth Katzman, Specialist in Middle Easter Affairs, Congressional Research Service
113th Congress