Equality Caucus Response to Report of Secretary Pompeo’s Commission on Unalienable Rights
DATE: July 17, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Equality Caucus Response to Report of
Secretary Pompeo’s Commission on Unalienable Rights
Washington, D.C. – The Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus continues to oppose Secretary Pompeo’s attempts to rewrite the human rights principles of the United States through the creation and operation of the Commission on Unalienable Rights. The Caucus believes that this Commission was flawed from the beginning both in its rationale and in its operation and believes that the report the Commission released yesterday is incongruent with American human rights policy and should not be viewed as a considered expression of American ideals.
“The new report from the Commission on Unalienable Rights is a complete sham,” said Caucus Co-Chair Rep. David Cicilline. “This thinly veiled attempt to use freedom of religion to violate the human rights of women, girls, and LGBTQ people is atrocious. It prioritizes many rights that don’t apply to everyone and gives dictators the freedom to persecute those they disagree with. Americans don’t cherry pick human rights, we stand up for them all.”
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Founded in 2008, the mission of the Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus is to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality. The Caucus, which is led by the seven openly LGBTQ+ members of Congress, is strongly committed to achieving the full enjoyment of human rights for LGBTQ+ people in the U.S. and around the world.