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  • 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 Beginning of Jesuit Case Trial
    Posted in Press Releases on June 10, 2020 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman James P. McGovern, Chairman of the House Rules Committee, Co-Chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, and a longtime proponent of peace in El Salvador, released the following statement after Spain’s National Court began the trial of two former Salvadoran military men for their alleged involvement in the massacre of six Jesuit priests and two lay women, mother and daughter, on November 16, 1989: “Even though three decades have passed, time does not diminish ... Read More »

  • McGovern Welcomes Release of Bahraini Prisoner of Conscience Nabeel Rajab
    Posted in Press Releases on June 9, 2020 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative James P. McGovern (D-MA), Co-Chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission (TLHRC) and a leading congressional supporter of human rights around the world, released this statement following news that Bahraini human rights defender Nabeel Rajab has been released from prison under an alternative sentencing arrangement. Rep. McGovern has served as the congressional advocate for Rajab through the Defending Freedoms Project coordinated by the TLHRC. “I am very happy... Read More »

  • House Members Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect Human Rights During the Coronavirus Pandemic
    Posted in Press Releases on June 8, 2020 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Representatives James P. McGovern (D-MA) and Ann Wagner (R-MO), joined by Tom Malinowski (D-NJ), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) and Jamie Raskin (D-MD), have introduced the Protecting Human Rights During Pandemic Act (H.R. 6986) to affirm U.S. leadership and support for the protection of internationally recognized human rights during and after the coronavirus pandemic. The bill authorizes the State Department and the United States Agency for International Develo... Read More »

  • McGovern & Bipartisan Group Announce Legislation to Counter Human Rights Abuses Amidst Pandemic
    Posted in Press Releases on May 7, 2020 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02) joined Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss), and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Representatives Ann Wagner (MO-02), and Tom Malinowski (NJ-07) to announce the Protecting Human Rights During Pandemic Act, legislation requiring the State Department and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to take steps, through diplomacy and development assistance, to prevent... Read More »

  • Leahy & McGovern Lead More Than 100 Members Of Congress In Letter Opposing Trump Policy Reversal On Antipersonnel Landmines
    Posted in Press Releases on May 6, 2020 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) Wednesday headed a congressional oversight letter to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper expressing opposition to the Trump Administration’s reversal of the policy limiting the use of antipersonnel landmines to the defense of South Korea, and seeking answers to questions on the justification for the reversal and future plans. In a letter signed by Leahy, McGovern and over 100 other members of the Senate and the House, they no... Read More »

  • CECC Chairs McGovern, Rubio to POTUS: Advocate for Detained Journalists in China
    Posted in Press Releases on May 3, 2020 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON—Congressman James P. McGovern (D-MA) Chair of the bipartisan and bicameral Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC), joined United States Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Co-Chair of the Commission, in sending a letter to President Donald Trump expressing concern about the Chinese government’s “increasingly draconian” restrictions on press freedoms and freedom of expression and asking him to “advocate for the release” of unjustly imprisoned journalists, bloggers, and free speech ... Read More »

  • McGovern Joins Bipartisan Call for Release of Arbitrarily Detained Americans Amid COVID-19 pandemic
    Posted in Press Releases on April 24, 2020 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – Today, Representative James McGovern (D-MA.) and Christopher Smith (R-NJ), co-chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, along with U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-DE.) and Thom Tillis (R-NC.), co-chairs of the Senate Human Rights Caucus, issued the following statement: “As co-chairs of the Senate Human Rights Caucus and the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, we call on foreign governments to release arbitrarily detained Americans and all prisoners of conscience on humanitarian... Read More »

  • McGovern Works with Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Groups, President of Taiwan to Secure PPE Supplies for Fight Against COVID-19 in Massachusetts
    Posted in Press Releases on April 21, 2020 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON – This week, Congressman James P. McGovern (D-MA), Chairman of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) and Co-Chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, worked with Hong Kong pro-democracy leaders Joshua Wong and Sunny Cheung and the Demosisto and Network DIPLO organizations to secure a donation of one thousand Hong Kong-made surgical masks to UMass Memorial Medical Center caregivers. In addition, Congressman McGovern was pleased to welcome a donation from Taiwan ... 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 »

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