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in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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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 27, 2020 In The News
Russia’s human rights record, including its history of mistreating religious minorities, is worsening, according to testimony at a hearing on Capitol Hill Thursday (Feb. 27).
Nov 15, 2019 In The News
Lawyers and human rights advocates have testified at a Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission hearing on Kashmir, demanding the release of detainees, giving foreign journalists and legal observers access to the majority-Muslim region, and calling for an end to the communication blackout that has been in place since August 5.
Dec 10, 2018 In The News
A discussion on human rights defenders and the risks and opportunities of new technology, featuring a number of legislators including Rep. Jim McGovern, Co-Chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, brought together human rights defenders, organizations as well as those involved in technology, to gain a better understanding of the promise and perils new technology has for human rights.
Dec 5, 2018 In The News
A group of members of the US Congress are calling on the Rwandan government to drop charges against Diane Rwigara, a fierce government critic who is facing up to 22 years in prison on charges of incitement and fraud.
Nov 29, 2018 In The News
U.S. congressional lawmakers are pressing Rwanda's government against incarcerating dissident politician Diane Rwigara, who faces up to 22 years in prison after being convicted of inciting insurrection and forgery.
Oct 14, 2018 In The News
E.J. Dionne Jr., columnist for The Washington Post, interviewed Reps. Jim McGovern and Randy Hultgren, Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, on the Trump Administration's decision to limit the number of refugees admitted for resettlement in the United States in 2019 to 30,000, down from 45,000 for 2018 and the lowest level since the refugee resettlement program was created in 1980. 
Jul 17, 2018 In The News

The tiny and sometimes troubled Persian Gulf nation of Bahrain, which hosts the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet, must allow its electorate to “express themselves peacefully” during an election in the wake of pro-democracy uprisings, heads of a bipartisan congressional human rights commission have warned.

Jul 6, 2018 In The News

Every day, millions of Americans enjoy freedoms that are under attack in countries around the world. As we see more journalists and activists imprisoned and tortured, religious minorities persecuted and political dissidents suppressed every year, now is the moment for the United States to stand up for these human rights and democratic principles when they are threatened abroad.

Mar 1, 2018 In The News

In late January, Representatives Randy Hultgren, Republican of Illinois, and James McGovern, Democrat of Massachusetts, chairmen of the House human rights commission, urged Vice President Mike Pence to expedite approvals for the Iranians. “These Iranians are members of religious minorities fleeing a regime that has brutally oppressed their communities since 1979,” they said in a statement.