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Feb 22, 2021 In The News
Representatives Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Chris Smith (D-NJ), the co-chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in the House, sponsored an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that requires the Department of Defense to report to Congress on actions taken in response to a request by then-Defense Secretary Ash Carter in 2016 to review rules of engagement, directives, and practices to ensure that they conform to principles of protection of medical care in armed conflict based on the Geneva Conventions.
Feb 16, 2021 Press Release
Washington, D.C. - Congressmen James P. McGovern (D-MA) and Christopher H. Smith, Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, called on the government of Rwanda to release Paul Rusesabagina on humanitarian grounds and facilitate his return to the United States.
Nov 18, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a resolution introduced by James P. McGovern (D-MA) and cosponsored by Congressman Christopher H. Smith (R-NJ) to condemn the poisoning of Russia's most prominent opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, and call on the U.S. to support a thorough and impartial international investigation into the attack.
Sep 11, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a letter to the Algerian Ambassador, Co-Chairs James P. McGovern (D-MA) and Christopher H. Smith (R-NJ) expressed their concerns for press freedom in Algeria and urged the immediate and unconditional release of renown journalist and Defending Freedoms Project prisoner of conscience Khaled Drareni.
Sep 10, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a letter led by TLHRC member Rep. Andy Levin (D-MI) and Co-Chair James P. McGovern (D-MA), Co-Chair Christopher H. Smith (R-NJ) and 31 members of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission joined 100+ members of Congress in requesting the State Department to send to Congress a detailed strategy to continue robust human rights monitoring in Tibet and the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.
Aug 25, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressmen James P. McGovern (D-MA) and Christopher H. Smith (R-NJ), Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in the U.S. Congress, issue a statement on the third anniversary of the start of the violent campaign that displaced hundreds of thousands of Rohingya from Burma to Bangladesh calling for a renewed commitment to a safe and secure future for the Rohingya.
Jul 15, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congressman James P. McGovern and Christopher H. Smith, Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, along with 48 other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, have written to Ambassador Jose Manuel Romualdez of the Republic of the Philippines to express deep concern over the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 recently signed by President Rodrigo Duterte.
Jun 9, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative James P. McGovern (D-MA), Co-Chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission (TLHRC) and a leading congressional supporter of human rights around the world, welcomed the news that Bahraini human rights defender Nabeel Rajab has been released from prison under an alternative sentencing arrangement.
Apr 27, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressmen Christopher H. Smith (R-NJ) and James P. McGovern (D-MA), Co-Chairs of the bipartisan Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, have released a letter to the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Hon. Carrie Lam, expressing grave concern over the arrests of several prominent human rights activists and the apparent endorsement of the Beijing government’s interference in the internal affairs of Hong Kong.
Apr 24, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), co-chairs of the Senate Human Rights Caucus, and Representatives James McGovern (D-MA) and Christopher Smith (R-NJ.), co-chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, call on foreign governments to release arbitrarily detained Americans and all prisoners of conscience on humanitarian grounds immediately.

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