Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

Pelosi Mourns the Loss of Human Rights Champion Mike Jendrzejczyk

May 2, 2003

Washington, D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today on the death of human rights leader Mike Jendrzejczyk, the Washington Director for the Asia division of Human Rights Watch. Jendrzejczyk, who worked with Pelosi for many years on innumerable human rights issues, died yesterday of natural causes in Washington, D.C.

"Mike Jendrzejczyk’s death is a staggering loss to human rights work around the world and a deep personal loss to me.

"Mike made extraordinary contributions to promoting universal human rights and freedoms in so many places -- China, North Korea, East Timor, Indonesia -- it’s difficult to count them all.

"We can point to famous dissidents who have been released from prison because of Mike, but there are tens of thousands of ordinary people, whose names we will never know, whose lives were improved by his work.

"I hope it is a comfort to his wife, Janet, and his family that so many people share their loss and are praying for them at this sad time."


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