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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Public Statements

May 12, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Reps. Randy Hultgren and James P. McGovern, Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, together with the Co-Chairs of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, today asked President Trump to raise the cases of nine American prisoners and a jailed Turkish national during his upcoming meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey.

Apr 6, 2017

Washington, DC -- Today the Commission Co-Chairs, James P. McGovern and Randy Hultgren, released a letter to President Donald J. Trump urging him to prioritize human rights issues in his upcoming meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Apr 4, 2017

Washington, DC – The Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission honors the lives and sacrifice of two United Nations human rights investigators and their Congolese interpreter whose bodies were found on March 27, 2017.  Michael Sharp, an American, and Zaida Catalan, a Swede, dedicated their lives to serving vulnerable groups suffering under human rights abuses, and ultimately were killed for their work

Feb 2, 2017

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) has been named the Republican Co-Chairman of the prestigious bi-partisan Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, charged with promoting, defending and advocating for international human rights as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other relevant human rights instruments.

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.

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