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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Public Statements

Mar 19, 2021
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 19, 2021
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.
Mar 13, 2021
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 16, 2021
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

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