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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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:

Jul 9, 2018 Press Release

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Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement to mark the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the 14th Amendment, which lays out the rights of citizenship, access to due process and guarantees equal protection under the law to all people in the United States:

Jun 27, 2018 Press Release

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Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after Speaker Ryan’s anti-family bill failed on the Floor, 121-301:
 
“Last week, so-called moderate Republicans folded and destroyed the best chance Congress had to provide a bipartisan, permanent legislative fix – and all they have to show for it is a failed bill of staggering cruelty that would have sold out Dreamers, families, asylum seekers and children at the border.

Jun 4, 2018 Press Release

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Apr 24, 2018 Press Release

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Mar 9, 2018 Press Release

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Washington, D.C. - Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi today released this statement in observance of the 59th anniversary of Tibetan Uprising Day, which commemorates resistance to occupation by Chinese government forces in Tibet on March 10, 1959:

Mar 8, 2018 Press Release
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Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today in recognition of International Women’s Day:

“On International Women’s Day, we are reminded of the extraordinary progress that women have made toward building a future of inclusion, opportunity and equality.  Yet, we know that in too many places, in too many corners of the globe, the potential and promise of women and girls remain unfulfilled. 

Feb 14, 2018 Press Release

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Dec 18, 2017 Press Release

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