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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Public Statements

Sep 11, 2014

On September 11, 2014, the co-chairmen of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission sent a letter to Secretary Kerry urging him to pay careful attention to the situation of Maryam al-Khawaja. Ms. al-Khawaja, a human rights defender in Bahrain, has been detained since August 30th, on the charge of assaulting a police officer -- an offense for which there is no evidence.

Sep 5, 2014

On September 3, 2014, the co-chairmen of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission issued a letter to recently appointed Under Secretary of State Sarah Sewall. The letter congratulated the Under Secretary on her new post and encouraged her to improve efforts on the part of the United States and other governments to take a more active approach to the human rights situation in Tibet.

Jul 22, 2014
Ten years after the date Congress declared a genocide in Darfur, the co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Sudan and South Sudan and the co-chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission issued a statement on the continuing indiscriminate violence against civilians.
Jul 3, 2014
The Commission Co-Chairs issued a statement expressing concern for human rights on the fifth anniversary of riots and violence in Xinjiang, China.
Jun 20, 2014
The Commission co-chairmen issued a statement marking the 14th annual World Refugee Day.
Jun 19, 2014

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Jun 3, 2014

Washington – Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission co-chairmen James McGovern (D-MA) and Frank Wolf (R-VA) marked the 25th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests by offering their condolences to the families of the murdered students, and commending their brave sacrifices for greater openness and rule of law in China.

May 13, 2014

Washington – Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission co-chairmen James McGovern (D-MA) and Frank Wolf (R-VA) expressed grave concern over the recent bout of detentions in China, ahead of the upcoming 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests.

May 7, 2014
Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission co-chairmen James McGovern (D-MA) and Frank Wolf (R-VA) welcomed the announcement by Secretary Kerry that the United States will be offering military and law enforcement assistance support to the Nigerian government aimed at securing the release of the nearly 300 Nigerian schoolgirls reportedly abducted by Boko Haram.
Feb 27, 2014
Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission Co-chairmen Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Frank Wolf (R-VA) expressed grave concern over the mass detentions of peaceful protesters in Moscow on February 21st and February 24th.

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