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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Public Statements

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.
Dec 19, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Congressmen Randy Hultgren (R-IL) and James P. McGovern (D-MA), Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, addressed the 40th Annual Forum of the Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA) in Kiev, Ukraine via video last month about the human rights situation in Ukraine.

Dec 19, 2018
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, and ten other Members of Congress today released a letter to President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico congratulating him on his new office and expressing continued support for strong cooperation between the United States and Mexico based on mutual respect and shared interests.
Dec 14, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressmen Randy Hultgren (R-IL) and Jim McGovern (D-MA), Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, welcome the acquittal of Diane Rwigara in Rwanda.

Dec 13, 2018
Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressmen James McGovern (D-MA) and Randy Hultgren (R-IL), Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, along with U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) applauded final passage in the Senate of their bipartisan bill – H.R. 1872, the Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act.
Dec 12, 2018
Washington, D.C. - Reps. James P. McGovern and Randy Hultgren, Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, joined 44 other Members of Congress in writing to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to express their concerns regarding the human rights situation in Egypt.
Nov 19, 2018

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
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.

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