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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Parliamentarians at Risk Around the World

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 10:30am
H-313 Capitol Building (Rules Committee Hearing Room)


Co-Hosted by the House Democracy Partnership

Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission and the House Democracy Partnership for a briefing on parliamentarians at risk around the world.

In the face of growing authoritarianism across the globe, parliamentarians who carry out their duties and raise their voices on behalf of their constituencies are suffering reprisals. In 2018, the Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) processed 564 cases of requests for redress for members of parliament who had been intimidated, attacked, jailed or killed – the highest caseload in the Committee’s 40-year history.

Panelists will describe their first-hand experiences as parliamentarians at risk or their family members and share their recommendations for responding to a growing threat that targets the legislative heart of democratic political systems.  

This briefing will be open to Members of Congress, congressional staff, the interested public, and the media. For any questions, please contact Kimberly Stanton at 202-225-3599 (for TLHRC Co-Chair McGovern) or Piero Tozzi at 202-225-3765 (for TLHRC Co-Chair Smith).   

Hosted by:

James P. McGovern
Member of Congress
Co-Chair, TLHRC
Christopher H. Smith
Member of Congress
Co-Chair, TLHRC


Opening Remarks

  • Rep. James P. McGovern, Co-Chair, TLHRC
    Written remarks
  • Rep. David Price, Chair, House Democracy Partnership



  • Mary Milliken, Foreign Policy Editor, Reuters



116th Congress