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- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Public Statements

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.

Feb 1, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Congressmen Randy Hultgren (R-IL) and James P. McGovern (D-MA), Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, have written to Dr. József Tóth, Mayor of Budapest’s 13th district, to express their appreciation for the statue of the Commission’s namesake, Tom Lantos, which was unveiled in Budapest today.

Jan 30, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congressmen Randy Hultgren (R-IL) and James P. McGovern (D-MA), Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, have released a bipartisan letter sent to Vice President Michael R. Pence requesting his assistance in resolving the cases of roughly 100 Iranian refugees – all Christians or members of other Iranian religious minorities – seeking refugee status in the United States.
Jan 18, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressmen Randy Hultgren and Jim McGovern, Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, issued the following statement regarding the Department of State’s announcement designating “Countries of Particular Concern” (CPCs) with regard to religious freedom.

Jan 5, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congressmen Randy Hultgren (R-IL) and Jim McGovern (D-MA), Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, have written to Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis asking him not to transfer the Bells of Balangiga to the Philippines due to ongoing human rights violations by the government of Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte.
Dec 13, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congressmen James P. McGovern (D-MA) and Randy Hultgren (R-IL), Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, have released a bipartisan letter sent to President Donald J. Trump urging him to publicly call on Turkey to halt the prosecution of the “Istanbul 10”and Mr. Taner Kılıç, the Chair of Amnesty International Turkey, drop all charges against them, and immediately and unconditionally release those still in detention.
Nov 14, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congressmen Randy Hultgren and James P. McGovern, Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, today sent a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urging him to designate Pakistan a Country of Particular Concern (CPC) this year under the terms of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 (IRFA).

Nov 13, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressmen Randy Hultgren and James P. McGovern, Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, have released the following statement in response to Philippines’ President Duterte’s warning that he would ban them from the Philippines for a letter urging President Trump to raise human rights violations in his visit to the country.
Nov 7, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congressmen Randy Hultgren and James P. McGovern, Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, have released a letter sent to President Donald J. Trump urging him to use his upcoming meeting with Philippines’ President Duterte as an opportunity to express the United States’ profound concern over reported extra-judicial killings associated with the Philippine government’s “war on drugs.”

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