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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.
Nov 19, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressmen Randy Hultgren and James P. McGovern, Co-Chairs of the bipartisan Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, wrote to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asking him to ensure that any reset in diplomatic relations between the United States and Eritrea be tied to verifiable human rights objectives.

Nov 16, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressmen Randy Hultgren (R-IL) and Jim McGovern (D-MA), Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, commend the release of Guo Quan in China.
Nov 6, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressmen James P. McGovern and Randy Hultgren, Co-Chairs of the bipartisan Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in the U.S. House of Representatives, released a letter last week asking the King of Bahrain to take all necessary steps to ensure that the upcoming elections for the Council of Representatives of Bahrain’s National Assembly meet international standards for free and fair elections.
Nov 2, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Reps. Randy Hultgren (R-IL) and Jim McGovern (D-MA), Co-Chairs of the bipartisan Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, released the following statement following this week’s release of Pakistani Prisoner of Conscience, Asia Bibi.

Oct 16, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Reps. Randy Hultgren (R-IL) and Jim McGovern (D-MA), Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, wrote to President Donald Trump on the strategic importance of incorporating human rights indicators into the Administration’s ongoing denuclearization talks with North Korea.
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. 
Sep 25, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Reps. Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Randy Hultgren (R-IL), Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, have written to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging him and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley to deploy the full weight of the Administration’s diplomatic influence during the current UN General Assembly session to ensure accountability for those responsible for grave human rights crimes committed against Burma’s ethnic minority communities.

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