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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Public Statements

Jul 19, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, Congressmen James P. McGovern and Joseph R. Pitts, Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, urged 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.
May 4, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today a bipartisan group of 120 members of Congress, including 50 members of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, is calling on President Obama to re-prioritize peace, accountability and protection of civilians in Sudan during his final year in office.

May 3, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On World Press Freedom Day, Congressmen James P. McGovern and Joseph R. Pitts, the Co-Chairmen of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, remembered the members of the press and citizens who have given their lives in service of the the freedoms of the press and expression, and called for the unconditional release of several imprisoned journalists.
Apr 20, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, 17 members of Congress, including the Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission and ten other members of the Commission, strongly urged President Obama to meet with representatives of civil society and human rights advocates, including those who may be currently in prison or their families, during his trip to Saudi Arabia.

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