May 20, 2021 In The News
A congressional panel, during a May 18 hearing, weighed the possibility of a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing to call attention to China’s long-standing human rights abuses.
May 18, 2021 In The News
Members of Congress’ Human Rights Commission, in a rare display of bipartisan unity, on Tuesday called on the International Olympic Committee to remove the 2022 Winter Olympics from Beijing, accusing the IOC and its corporate partners of being complicit in human rights violations by the Chinese government.
Mar 25, 2021 In The News
Experts told the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, a House body that focuses on human rights around the world, that the Global Magnitsky Act had been a game-changer since it was passed in 2016. The law provides sweeping human-rights and anti-corruption sanctions authorities to the executive branch, but it will expire in late 2022.
Washington, D.C. - Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission Congressmen James P. McGovern (D-MA) and Christopher H. Smith (R-NJ) signed a bipartisan letter urging the Biden administration to fill the role of Special Envoy on North Korean Human Rights Issues.
Washington, D.C. - Congressmen James P. McGovern (D-MA) and Christopher H. Smith, Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, voted to pass H.Res. 134, a resolution condemning the military coup that took place February 1, 2021 in Burma.
Mar 14, 2021 In The News
The bipartisan Human Rights Commission of the U.S. House of Representatives has urged the government of Belarus to immediately release jailed blogger and RFE/RL consultant Ihar Losik and other "political prisoners."
Mar 13, 2021 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, issued a statement condemning the unjust detention and prosecution of Belarusian journalist Ihar Losik and calling for his immediate release.
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.
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.