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Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission Briefing

Co-Hosted by the House Democracy Partnership

Parliamentarians at Risk Around the World

Thursday, September 19, 2019
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. 
H-313 Capitol Building
Rules Committee Hearing Room


Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission and the House Democracy Partnership for a
briefing on parliamentarians at risk around the world.

In the face of growing authoritarianism across the globe, parliamentarians who carry out their duties and raise their voices on behalf of their constituencies are suffering reprisals. In 2018, the Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians of the
Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) processed 564 cases of requests for redress for members of parliament who had been intimidated, attacked, jailed or killed – the highest caseload in the Committee’s 40-year history.

Panelists will describe their first-hand experiences as parliamentarians at risk or their family members and share their recommendations for responding to a growing threat that targets the legislative heart of democratic political systems.  

Opening Remarks

  • Rep. James P. McGovern, Co-Chair, TLHRC
  • Rep. David Price, Chair, House Democracy Partnership

Panel I          

  • Delsa Solórzano, Vice President, IPU Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians and member, Venezuelan National Assembly
  • Hisyar Ozsoy, member, Grand National Assembly, Turkey
  • Vicente de Lima, brother of detained Filipino Senator Leila De Lima
  • Gabriela Cuevas Barrón, IPU President and member, Congress of the Union, Mexico   


  • Mary Milliken, Foreign Policy Editor, Reuters

This briefing will be open to Members of Congress, congressional staff, the interested public and the media. For questions, please contact
Kimberly Stanton at 202-225-3599 (for TLHRC Co-Chair McGovern) or
Piero Tozzi at 202-225-3765 (for TLHRC Co-Chair Smith). 




 James P. McGovern                                      Christopher H. Smith
Member of Congress                                      Member of Congress
Co-Chair, TLHRC                                          Co-Chair, TLHRC

Related Legislative Issues

Selected legislative information: Civil Rights, Foreign Affairs

Related Event Information

Event Title: BRIEFING: Parliamentarians at Risk
Event Location: H-313 Capitol Building
Event Start: 9/19/2019 10:30:00 AM
Event End: 9/19/2019 11:30:00 AM

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