Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) today accepted an invitation to join the bipartisan Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission (TLHRC) that promotes, defends and advocates internationally recognized human rights both inside and outside of Congress.
The Commission is named for former California Congressman Tom Lantos, the only Holocaust survivor to ever serve in the U.S. Congress (1980 -- 2008).
Rep. Johnson has been a leading voice during his six years in office advocating for human rights throughout the globe, including in South Sudan, Honduras, Colombia, Uganda, the Middle East, Asia, and in the U.S.
"If the United States stands for anything, we must stand for human rights," said Johnson. "As the Declaration of Human Rights says, "all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.' I believe that to my core. I'm excited to be a part of such a prestigious group defending justice and freedom here in America and throughout the world."
The TLHRC is made up of more than 75 members of Congress -- both Democrats and Republicans -- including Reps. John Lewis (GA), Barbara Lee (CA), Peter King (NY), Mike Honda (CA) and Raul Grijalva (AZ).