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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Public Statements

Mar 8, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On International Women's Day, Congressmen James P. McGovern and Joseph R. Pitts, the Co-Chairmen of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, called on the global community to redouble efforts to ensure that women and girls can participate fully in economic and social life, enjoy equal access to opportunity, and live free from violence.
Feb 26, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On February 25th, eight senators and twenty-six members of the U.S. House of Representatives, including the Co-Chairs and thirteen other members of the Human Rights Commission, wrote to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to relay their grave concerns about the increasing intolerance and violence experienced by members of that country's religious minority communities.

Feb 8, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, in recognition of the Korean New Year, TLHRC Co-Chair Joseph R. Pitts sent a message of solidarity to the people of North Korea, and to all people of good will to uphold the human rights of every single human being.
Feb 4, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. - On February 1, TLHRC Co-Chairs Jim McGovern and Joseph Pitts wrote to the Chinese authorities to express their deep concern regarding the prosecution and labeling as “criminals” of the relatives, friends and communities of persons who self-immolate.
Jan 29, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congressmen James McGovern and Joseph Pitts, the Co-Chairman of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, issued the following statement in recognition of International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Dec 10, 2015

Sixty-seven years ago today, on December 10th, 1948, in the aftermath of the Second World War, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Nov 16, 2015

As Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, we express our serious concern over death penalty convictions handed down by the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) of Bangladesh to Salauddin Quader Chowdury and Ali Ahsan Mohammed Mujahid despite potential irregularities in their trials.

Nov 16, 2015

As Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, and recognizing the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists on November 2, we are troubled by the intensified crackdown on press freedoms in Turkey.

Oct 9, 2015

On September 16, the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission was pleased to welcome a delegation from ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) for a briefing on the human rights situation in member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), including Burma, where they recently concluded a fact-finding mission.

Sep 21, 2015

Twenty-six Members of Congress, including the Co-Chairs and seven other members of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, wrote to President Obama urging him to use Xi Jinping's first official state visit to the United States to address the "difficult issues," including China's persistent and egregious human rights violations.