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  • McGovern Rebuts Report of Trump Administration's So-Called "Commission on Unalienable Rights"
    Posted in Press Releases on August 3, 2020 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA), Co-Chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission and a leading congressional advocate for human rights at home and abroad, released his rebuttal to the draft report of the Trump administration’s Commission on Unalienable Rights. The congressman’s submission was joined by Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA), a member of the House Judiciary Committee. “The Commission’s draft report is radically incomplete and thoroughly inadequate as a guide to... Read More »

  • House Passes McGovern Amendment To Push For Justice in El Mozote Massacre
    Posted in Press Releases on July 29, 2020 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives has passed, as part of the FY2021 National Defense Authorization Act, an amendment which requires the release of Department of Defense documents related to the 1981 El Mozote massacre to judicial authorities in El Salvador. The amendment was introduced by Jim McGovern (D-MA), who serves as Chairman of the House Rules Committee and Co-Chairman of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, as well as Eliot Engel, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committe... Read More »

  • Congressman McGovern calls on Bahrain to free two victims of torture unjustly sentenced to death
    Posted in Press Releases on July 11, 2020 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman James P. McGovern (D-MA), Co-Chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission and a leading congressional advocate for human rights at home and abroad, has called on the government of Bahrain to free Mohamed Ramadan and Hussein Moosa. The two men were convicted and sentenced to death in 2014 on terrorism charges, despite stating they were tortured and sexually assaulted to force a confession. “Mohamed Ramadan and Hussein Moosa were tortured and that means their conv... Read More »

  • McGovern and Pocan Lead 94 Members of Congress Urging Trump Administration to Push for Peace in Colombia
    Posted in Press Releases on July 6, 2020 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Representatives James P. McGovern (D-MA), Chairman of the House Rules Committee and Co-Chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, and Mark Pocan (D-WI), Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, led a group of 94 Members of Congress urging Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to press the Colombian government to commit to peace and stop the escalation of violence against Colombian human rights defenders. Since a 2016 peace accord brought an end to decades of con... Read More »

  • McGovern Statement on 61st Anniversary of the Tibetan Uprising
    Posted in Speeches and Floor Statements on March 10, 2020 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Congressman James P. McGovern released the following statement to be read in commemoration of the 61st Anniversary of the Tibetan Uprising: “Today, Tibetans around the world will mark the 61st anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising against Chinese rule, the moment when many Tibetans lost their lives and His Holiness the Dalai Lama and thousands of his followers were forced to flee their homeland. “In some countries the commemorations will be public, like those hel... Read More »

  • House Passes McGovern Bill Condemning Violence Against Children
    Posted in Press Releases on March 3, 2020 | Preview rr

    Bill Urges Federal Agencies to implement a comprehensive strategy to prevent, address, and end violence against children Read More »

  • McGovern Applauds International Court of Justice Ruling on Burma
    Posted in Press Releases on January 23, 2020 | Preview rr

    WORCESTER, MASS – United States Congressman James P. McGovern, Co-Chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in the U.S. House of Representatives and a leading advocate for human rights around the world, issued this statement following an International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling which ordered Burma to take emergency measures to protect its Muslim Rohingya population from persecution and atrocities, and to preserve evidence of alleged crimes against them: “The ICJ’s ruling is very, very w... Read More »

  • McGovern Statement on U.S. Military Strike in Iraq Killing Qasem Soleimani
    Posted in Press Releases on January 2, 2020 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON — This evening, Congressman James P. McGovern (D-MA), Chairman of the House Rules Committee and Co-Chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, issued this statement after the Trump Administration conducted an airstrike at the Baghdad International Airport killing Qasem Soleimani: “There is no question that Qasem Soleimani was a ruthless military commander who had American blood on his hands. But this is a serious and destabilizing escalation that could lead to war. Let’s be clear... Read More »

  • McGovern Statement on Violence and Killings in West Darfur
    Posted in Press Releases on January 1, 2020 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman James P. McGovern (D-MA), Chairman of the House Rules Committee and Co-Chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, issued this statement in response to reports of violence against villagers and civilian deaths in West Darfur: “On Sudan’s January 1st National Day, I applaud the Sudanese people for their tremendous courage and commitment to creating a democratic nation, one that respects the basic human rights of all its people. Great strides were taken in 2019... Read More »

  • McGovern Calls for Senate Action on Key House-Passed Bills
    Posted in Press Releases on December 23, 2019 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – House Rules Committee Chairman James P. McGovern (MA-02) is calling for action on the 400+ bills, including more than 275 bipartisan bills, passed by the Democratic House Majority over the past year that are still awaiting action in the GOP-controlled Senate. “Last year, the American people elected a Democratic House Majority committed to making a difference in the lives of Massachusetts families,” said Congressman McGovern. “Democrats have delivered, passing key bills to lower pres... Read More »

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