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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Dec 10, 2019 Press Release

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Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released this statement on UN Human Rights Day, marking the 71st anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly on December 10, 1948:

Nov 29, 2019 Press Release

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San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after President Trump signed the bipartisan, bicameral Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, which passed 417-1 in the House:

Nov 21, 2019 Press Release

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Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and Members of Congress for a bill enrollment ceremony for S.1838, the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019, which passed the House on a 417 – 1 vote.  Below are the Speaker’s remarks:

Speaker Pelosi.  Good morning, everyone.  And a good morning it is.  

This is a proud day for Congress, for our values and for our support of the democratic, freedom-loving people of Hong Kong. 

Oct 29, 2019 Press Release

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Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi delivered remarks on the Floor of the House of Representatives in support of H.Res. 296, the Armenian Genocide Resolution.  Below are the Speaker’s remarks: 

Speaker Pelosi.   Thank you, Mr. Speaker.  I thank the gentleman for yielding.  More importantly, I thank him for bringing this very important legislation to the Floor today.  

Oct 15, 2019 Press Release

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Sep 4, 2019 Press Release

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San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement on reports that Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing leadership will fully withdraw its dangerous and widely-repudiated extradition bill:

Aug 13, 2019 Press Release

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San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement on the escalating violence perpetrated against pro-democracy protestors by the Chinese authorities in Hong Kong:

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.