Serial No. 114-204: Human Rights Under Siege Worldwide, Hearing Before the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, July 12, 2016   [open pdf - 3MB]

This is the July 12, 2016 hearing on "Human Rights Under Siege Worldwide" held before the House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs. From the opening statement of Chairman Edward R. Royce: "Freedom House does a report every year. Its 2016 World Report shows the 10th consecutive year of decline in global freedom. Unfortunately, the world's most abusive governments continue their abuses while non-state actors have become boastful promoters of unspeakable evil." [...] "Religious minorities from nearly every faith face persecution somewhere in the world." [...] "Human trafficking remains a global epidemic that preys on millions of women, girls, and migrant workers who are trapped in degrading and dangerous forms of modern slavery." [...] "According to experts, press freedom has declined to its lowest point in 12 years. In places like Russia and Iran, we have seen governments take extreme measures to stifle communication, intimidate political opposition, and deny basic rights of speech and assembly to disfavored groups, including LGBT [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender] persons. Child marriage has dire, life-long consequences for the health, safety, education, and opportunity of the estimated 15 million girls that it victimizes every year. That is one girl every 2 seconds. Torture, extrajudicial killings, forced conscription of child soldiers, so the list goes on and on." [...] "America has inspired the human rights movement worldwide for decades. This hearing will help us understand what is driving the global decline in human decency that I have mentioned and is to discuss how we can turn around this depressing trend, including by being the best example we can be. Promoting respect for the human rights of all people serves the national interest and the national values of the United States." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Mark P. Lagon, Thomas Farr, Amanda Schnetzer, and Mark Bromley.

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