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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Public Statements

Oct 19, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission wrote to Ambassador Cui Tiankai of the People's Republic of China (PRC) to express their deep concern over the demolition of buildings belonging to the Tibetan Buddhist Institute at Larung Gar, and the forced eviction of religious adherents there and at Yachen Gar. Both communities are located in Sichuan province in China.
Sep 12, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Co-Chairs Joseph R. Pitts and James P. McGovern, and nine other members of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, were among the thirteen Members of Congress who wrote to Dr. Arely Gomez Gonzalez, the Attorney General of Mexico, to express their deep concern over the apparent growing trend of religious intolerance in that country.

Aug 9, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02) today issued the following statement in response to the convictions of four Chinese human rights activists:

“Last week, four courageous Chinese human rights activists, including a prominent lawyer, were convicted by a Chinese court of ‘subversion of state power’ for exercising their legal rights and defending those of others.

Jul 19, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, Congressmen James P. McGovern and Joseph R. Pitts, Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, issued the following statement urging the World Bank to incorporate robust protections for human rights into its social and environmental safeguard policies: 

Jun 20, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressmen James P. McGovern and Joseph R. Pitts, Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, issued the following statement to mark World Refugee Day, observed on June 20th of every year to raise awareness of the situation of refugees throughout the world.

Jun 1, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission of the U.S. Congress, we welcome last week’s release from prison of Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova, her acquittal on appeal of two of four charges, and the reduction of her seven and half year sentence by the Azerbaijan Supreme Court.

May 27, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman James P. McGovern (D-MA), Co-Chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, called on the government of Bahrain to release opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman.

May 20, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This weekend, in recognition of Solidarity Sabbath, the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission stands in solidarity with all those who affirm and support the fundamental human right to freedom of religion, conscience, and belief.

May 12, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A bi-partisan group of U.S. Members of Congress, including the Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, strongly urged President Barack Obama to extend for another year sanctions authority that has proven to be an effective source of leverage in support of democratic reforms in Burma.
May 6, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission reiterated their serious concerns over death penalty convictions handed down by the International Crimes Tribunal of Bangladesh, referring to the case of Motiur Rahman Nizami.

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