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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Public Statements

Sep 25, 2018
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.
Sep 19, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressmen Randy Hultgren (R-IL) and Jim McGovern (D-MA), Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, released the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s announced ceiling for refugee admissions into the United States next year:

Jun 20, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressmen Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Randy Hultgren (R-IL), Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, regret yesterday’s decision by the Trump Administration to withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Jun 14, 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 Nguyen Van Dai in Vietnam. Dai was listed as a prisoner of conscience under the Commission’s Defending Freedoms Project.

May 17, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Congressmen Randy Hultgren (R-IL) and James P. McGovern (D-MA), Co-Chairs of the bipartisan Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, addressed the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights on the human rights situation in China’s Xinjiang province.

Apr 6, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. –​ Congressmen Randy Hultgren (R-IL) and James P. McGovern (D-MA), Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, wrote to the United States Ambassador to China asking him to raise the cases of detained family members of U.S.-based human rights advocates from China.

Mar 30, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressmen James P. McGovern (D-MA) and Randy Hultgren (R-IL), Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, joined 55 other members of Congress in calling for President Trump to hold Sudan accountable for corruption and human rights abuses.

Feb 28, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C.– Congressmen Randy Hultgren (R-IL) and James P. McGovern (D-MA), Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, along with six other members of Congress, have introduced House Resolution 750 calling for the designation of a “Prisoners of Conscience Day”.
Feb 26, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressmen Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Randy Hultgren (R-IL), Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, commend the government of Ethiopia for its decision to release some 6,000 political prisoners in recent weeks, including Bekele Gerba, the Secretary General of the Oromo Federalist Congress, and journalists Eskinder Nega and Woubshet Taye.

Feb 20, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Congressmen Randy Hultgren (R-IL) and James P. McGovern (D-MA), Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, expressed disappointment and concern in response to reports that the Department of Homeland Security has denied refugee status in the United States for some Iranians who are Christians or members of other religious minorities in Iran.

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