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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Public Statements

Jun 21, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congressmen Randy Hultgren and James P. McGovern, Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, issued the following statement to mark World Refugee Day, observed on June 20th every year as a time to remember the millions of people around the world who have been forced to flee their home countries because of conflict and persecution.

Jun 14, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the Commission Co-Chairs, Randy Hultgren and James P. McGovern, released a letter to President Donald J. Trump encouraging him to continue United States membership and engagement in the United Nations Human Rights Council.

May 25, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today the Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission and 38 other Members of Congress wrote to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to call for accountability for the attacks on protesters carried out by the security detail of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's during his recent trip to Washington.

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, D.C. -- 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, D.C. – The Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission today honors the lives and sacrifice of two United Nations human rights investigators and their Congolese interpreter whose bodies were found on March 27, 2017.
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 James P. McGovern, Co-Chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, called for the release of four Chinese human rights activists convicted for 'subversion of state power.'

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