Human Rights

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi joins with His Holiness the Dalai Lama during his visit to Congress to celebrate his role as a compassionate religious leader, an astute diplomat, and an undaunted believer in the power of nonviolence for the Tibetan people.

As Americans, we must protect human rights both at home and abroad—the right to live freely without the threat of violence or repression, the right to live with dignity and respect. Throughout our history, our international standing has rested in part on our democratic values and our commitment to human rights. Everywhere I travel, the call is clear: the world needs America to lead. We must work towards a sustainable foreign policy that reflects American values.

Around the world, violence and human rights violations continue without a peaceful resolution. For many people in the developing world, extreme poverty and the spread of infectious diseases also fuel a ‘fury of despair’ that devastates families and creates instability. It is our moral duty to protect and defend those fighting to live in a healthy, democratic society.

Our values demand that the United States stand as a fierce advocate for human rights in the face of oppression wherever we find it.  We must work to advance abroad the rights that we cherish so deeply here at home: freedom of expression, assembly, and religion; respect for the rule of law; and freedom from political persecution. The world calls for our bold leadership, and we can never stop working to build a brighter future. In doing so, we can help make countries plagued by conflict and repression better places to live, and better partners in creating a safer world. Always remembering that, while the arc of history does indeed bend towards justice, it will not bend on its own.

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Jun 11, 2019 Press Release
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Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement in support of the courageous protestors in Hong Kong speaking out against a dangerous proposed extradition law:

“The hearts of all freedom-loving people were moved by the courage of the one million men and women of Hong Kong who took to the streets on Sunday to peacefully demand their rights, defend their sovereignty and denounce this horrific extradition bill.

Jun 4, 2019 Press Release

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Jun 4, 2019 Press Release

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Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi delivered testimony at the Congressional Executive Commission on China and Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission hearing, entitled Tiananmen at 30: Examining the Evolution of Repression in China.  Below are the Speaker’s remarks:

Speaker Pelosi.  Thank you, Mr. Chairman.  

As you know, it is unusual for the Speaker of the House to testify before a committee.  This is more than a committee.  It’s a committee, a commission, a commission – so many things.  

May 1, 2019 Press Release

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Apr 9, 2019 Press Release

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Mar 13, 2019 Press Release

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Dec 10, 2018 Press Release

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Washington, D.C. – Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi released this statement on UN Human Rights Day, marking the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly on December 10, 1948:

Nov 27, 2018 Press Release

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Washington, D.C. – House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement marking 40 years since the assassinations of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk:

Aug 28, 2018 Press Release

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San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today on the 55th anniversary of the March on Washington, led by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on August 28, 1963:

Aug 6, 2018 Press Release

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San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released this statement to mark the 53rd anniversary of the landmark Voting Rights Act, which was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on August 6, 1965: