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Chris Smith's Public Statements on Issue: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

Office: U.S. House (NJ) - District 4, Republican
Date Title
Issue Position: Human Rights
Nov. 3, 2015 Letter to President Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Authority - Violence in the West Bank and Israel
Oct. 8, 2015 Letter to the Hon. Barack Obama, President of the United States - Congressional-Executive Commission On China Annual Report
Sept. 1, 2015 Wicker, Smith Statement on Sentencing of Investigative Journalist in Azerbaijan
Aug. 13, 2015 CECC Chairs Say Human Rights Dialogue "Critical Opportunity' to Discuss China's "Abysmal Human Rights Record' Ahead of Xi Visit
July 27, 2015 Maloney, Smith Target Slavery, Human Trafficking and Child Labor with Bipartisan Supply Chain Transparency Bill
July 27, 2015 Cuba and Malaysia Taken Off 'Bad Actors' Trafficking List for Political Reasons
July 24, 2015 Smith Calls on Administration to Fight Trafficking w/ Truth & Hold Nations Accountable
July 17, 2015 Letter to John Kerry, Secretary of State - Upgrade Malaysia's Ranking in the 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report
June 15, 2015 UPDATED: A Look Ahead -- June 15-19
May 3, 2015 Press Freedom Critical to "Shine Light in Dark Places,' Says Rep. Smith about World Press Freedom Day
March 24, 2015 Opening Statement By Chair Chris Smith: Where is the United States?
March 24, 2015 Rep. Smith, Bipartisan Group of Members Launch the Bipartisan Taskforce for Combating Anti-Semitism
March 24, 2015 Rep. Smith Chairs Hearing on Terrorist Threats to European Jewish Communities
March 20, 2015 Helsinki Commission Hearing Reviews Progress Toward Accountability, Justice, and Reconciliation In Northern Ireland
March 19, 2015 The Irish Times - US Lawmakers Told of 'Dishonourable Silence' Over Acts of Collusion in Troubles
March 3, 2015 Letter to King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques - Human Rights Advocacy
Feb. 27, 2015 The Shame of Iranian Human Rights
Feb. 27, 2015 Nigeria on the Brink?
Feb. 27, 2015 Human Rights in Cuba: A Squandered Opportunity
Feb. 24, 2015 NJ Jewish News Article: Smith recognized for fighting anti-Semitism
Feb. 4, 2015 Sen. Roger Wicker, Rep. Chris Smith to Lead Helsinki Commission
Feb. 3, 2015 The Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act: Holding Perpetrators Accountable
Nov. 13, 2014 Bipartisan, Bicameral Group of Legislators Announces Bill to Support Hong Kong's Freedom and Democracy
Sept. 18, 2014 Bosnia Today
Aug. 22, 2014 Obama Still Using Coercion and Massive Fines in Unconscionable Attack on Religious Freedom
Aug. 14, 2014 Smith: Gao Zhisheng Suffered "Unspeakable' Torture in Prison
July 29, 2014 Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States - Vietnam Must End Human Rights Abuses Before Entering Trans-Pacific Partnership
June 26, 2014 Smith Introduces Torture Victims Relief Bill on Int'l Day to Honor Victims
May 28, 2014 International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 Amendment
May 28, 2014 Venezuelan Human Rights and Democracy Protection Act
March 26, 2014 Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States - Highlight Human Rights in Saudi Arabia
March 11, 2014 Letter to Eric Holder, Attorney General of the United States - Do More To Fight Sex Trafficking
Jan. 29, 2014 Supporting the Democratic Aspirations of the People of Ukraine
Jan. 27, 2014 Hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations Subcommittee - International Human Trafficking at Major Sporting Events including the 2014 Super Bowl
Dec. 11, 2013 Letter to John Kerry, Secretary of State - Vietnam Human Rights Abuses
Nov. 20, 2013 Smith a Leader in Effort Calling on Iranian Gov't to Free American Pastor
Nov. 18, 2013 Smith Guest on BBC to Discuss China's Draconian One-Child Policy & Its Announced Modifications
Nov. 18, 2013 Gueo Feixiong and Freedom of Expression
Nov. 18, 2013 Establishing a Syrian War Crimes Tribunal?
Nov. 15, 2013 China's 'Eased' One-Child Policy Still the Most Draconian in the World
Aug. 1, 2013 House Passes Smith's Vietnam Human Rights Bill
July 31, 2013 Vietnam Human Rights Act of 2013
May 20, 2013 Hearing of the Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations Subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee - Advocating for American Jacob Ostreicher's Freedom after Two Years in Bolivian Detention
May 13, 2013 Letter to John Kerry, Secretary of State - Call for State Department to Address Plight of Chen Gunangcheng & Family
Sept. 11, 2012 Vietnam Human Rights Act of 2012
Aug. 24, 2012 Cong. Smith Meets with New Jersey Groups Uniting to Fight Human Trafficking
July 30, 2012 State Department Issues Annual International Religious Freedom Report; Smith Calls for Sanctions on Worst Violators
June 14, 2012 Smith Meets with Key Bolivian Officials on Plight of Imprisoned American
June 7, 2012 Asbury Park Press - Lakewood Woman Pleads for Help at Congressional Hearing
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