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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Public Statements

Nov 20, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressmen Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Chris Smith (R-NJ), Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, have released a letter to the Ambassador of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal urging the Nepalese government to fully protect the human rights of Tibetans in Nepal.
Aug 16, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today Reps. James P. McGovern and Christopher H. Smith, Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, released a joint letter with Rep. Eliot L. Engel and Rep. Steve Chabot to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging that an upcoming visit by an official United States delegation to Burma not be construed to promote American or international business engagement with military-owned enterprises in that country.
Aug 2, 2019

 WASHINGTON, D.C. - Responding to the deteriorating human rights situation in Hong Kong, today Reps. Christopher H. Smith (R-NJ) and James P.

Jul 26, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today Reps. Christopher H. Smith and James P. McGovern, Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, issued the following statement in response to reports of the imminent execution by the state of Bahrain of two Bahraini citizens, Ali AlArab, 25,  and Ahmed AlMalali, 24.

May 24, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Reps. James P. McGovern and Christopher H. Smith, Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, released a bipartisan letter to Carrie Lam, the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, urging that proposed amendments to Hong Kong's extradition laws be withdrawn.
May 16, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today Reps. James P. McGovern and Christopher H. Smith, Co-Chiars of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, joined a bipartisan, bicameral group of 92 lawmakers urging Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin to support a repaid transfer of power to a civilin-led transitional government in Sudan.
May 13, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Reps. James P. McGovern (D-MA) and Christopher H. Smith (R-NJ) released a bipartisan letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, signed by 32 Members of Congress, urging the Trump Administration to promptly implement key legislation passed by Congress to guide United States policy on Tibet.
Apr 11, 2019
Washington, D.C. -- Co-Chairs Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Jim McGovern (D-MA) issued a statement welcoming, with guarded optimism, the news that Sudanese President and longtime strongman Omar al-Bashir has been ousted and call for calm to prevail, and calling the formation of an inclusive interim, civilian government, and a transition to democracy.
Apr 3, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Today Reps. James P. McGovern (D-MA) and Christopher H. Smith (R-NJ), Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, with U.S.

Dec 20, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressmen James P. McGovern (D-MA) and Randy Hultgren (R-IL), Co-Chairs of the bipartisan Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in the U.S. House of Representatives, today released a letter to President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) urging him to ensure that the Congolese people are able to participate freely and fully in upcoming national elections and to peacefully express their reactions to the results, including through legal recourse as well as public protests and other forms of nonviolent expression and assembly.

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