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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Public Statements

Aug 4, 2015

Washington, D.C. -- On July 31, 2015, the TLHRC Co-Chairs, Rep. James P. McGovern and Rep. Joseph R. Pitts, and two other members of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, Rep. Janice D. Schakowsky and Rep. Eliot L.

Jul 29, 2015

As Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, we express our deep disappointment over the State Department’s decision, in the newest State Department Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report, to upgrade Malaysia from the lowest ranking of Tier 3 to a Tier 2 Watch country.

Jul 9, 2015

As Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, we express our deep concern over the state of human rights in Vietnam.

Jun 23, 2015

As Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, we condemn the Russian Federation’s continued unlawful imprisonment of Ukrainian fighter pilot and Member of Parliament Nadiya Savchenko.

Jun 18, 2015

On June 18, 2015, six members of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, Congressmen Joseph R. Pitts (R-PA), James P. McGovern (D-MA), Trent Franks (R-AZ), Keith Ellison (D-MN), Randy Hultgren (R-IL), and Juan Vargas (D-CA), sent a letter to Secretary Kerry in advance of Indonesian President Joko Widodo's upcoming visit to the United States.

Jun 4, 2015

Today we commemorate the 26th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. On June 3 and 4, 1989, peaceful pro-democracy protests led by students, workers, and others in Beijing's Tiananmen Square were violently crushed by Chinese government forces.

May 22, 2015
Today, all around the world, people of faith are coming together to pledge support for Solidarity Sabbath, reaffirming their shared commitment to the fundamental human right to freedom of religion, conscience, and belief. The Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission stands with those who fight anti-semitism and all other forms of religious, racial and ethnic prejudice and persecution.
May 13, 2015
Today we are called upon to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the Andijan massacre.

On May 13, 2005, in the eastern Uzbek city of Andijan, Uzbek government forces opened fire on thousands of demonstrators assembled to protest government corruption, repression, poverty, and official injustice. Hundreds of men, women, and children were killed.

May 13, 2015

Commission Co-Chairs Jim McGovern and Joseph Pitts released a letter to President Barack Obama today signed by 43 additional members, expressing deep and continuing concern over the continued suppression of civil, political and religious rights within the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

Apr 24, 2015

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the events that, over a period of eight years from 1915 to 1923, resulted in the deaths of over one and a half million Armenians, and the forced exile of hundreds of thousands more.