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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Public Statements

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.
Apr 27, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressmen Christopher H. Smith (R-NJ) and James P. McGovern (D-MA), Co-Chairs of the bipartisan Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, have released a letter to the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Hon. Carrie Lam, expressing grave concern over the arrests of several prominent human rights activists and the apparent endorsement of the Beijing government’s interference in the internal affairs of Hong Kong.
Apr 24, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), co-chairs of the Senate Human Rights Caucus, and Representatives James McGovern (D-MA) and Christopher Smith (R-NJ.), co-chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, call on foreign governments to release arbitrarily detained Americans and all prisoners of conscience on humanitarian grounds immediately.
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. McGovern (D-MA), Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, issued a letter calling upon Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to suspend future sales of munitions and crowd and riot control equipment to the Hong Kong police force.
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.

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