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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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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.

Feb 22, 2018 In The News

The Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission hosted a hearing on February 15 highlighting the Commission's Defending Freedoms Project, which allows members of Congress to take the personal initiative to become advocates for persons unjustly incarcerated by repressive governments around the world.

Dec 22, 2017 In The News

A bipartisan quartet of lawmakers is imploring Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to end a blockade on war-ravaged Yemen. The letter was organized by Reps. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), who are members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and co-signed by Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission co-chairmen Reps. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) and Randy Hultgren (R-Ill.).

Oct 11, 2017 In The News

Washington, D.C. - Rep. Randy Hultgren, Co-Chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, and Rep. Ted Lieu, a member of the Executive Committee, joined Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei on Sept. 25, 2017, to screen the moving film “Human Flow” at E Street Cinema, and led a panel discussion afterwards.

Oct 17, 2016 In The News

A recent article by Rep. Joe Pitts, Co-Chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, highlights the implications of the Mosul operation and its aftermath, and offers recommendations to ensure the protection of civilians.

May 9, 2016 In The News

Human rights commission of the United States Congress has urged Bangladesh to stay the execution of Jamaat-e-Islami ameer Matiur Rahman Nizami terming the legal process through which the death penalty was handed down was ‘faulty’.

Apr 14, 2016 In The News

A Belfast-based group will brief the Commission on incorporating gender principles into post-conflict truth and reparations proposals in Ireland and Britain.  

Sep 28, 2015 In The News

In a jab at the White House for preparing to honor Chinese President Xi Jinping with a state dinner, leaders of the congressional Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission honored exiled Chinese activists with a "stateless breakfast" at Capitol Hill on Friday morning.

Sep 28, 2015 In The News

As the Chinese President Xi Jingping met with the US President Barack Obama at the White House this morning, Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA 2nd district), Co-Chairman of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, hosted a 'Stateless' breakfast to honor the human rights defenders who have been imprisoned, persecuted, and silenced by the Chinese government.