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Freedom House Supports the Global Respect Act
In the following letter to Representative David Cicilline, Freedom House shows its support for the Global Respect Act, which denies entry to the U.S. for those who have violated the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) persons.
June 25, 2014
The Honorable David Cicilline
128 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Representative Cicilline:
Freedom House is pleased to support the Global Respect Act legislation you recently introduced, which would deny entry into the United States of any for eigner who has violated the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) persons anywhere in the world, just as we support visa bans on any foreigner involved in any gross human rights abuses.
Through the perspective gained by Freedom House and our civil society partners in the Dignity for All emergency assistance program consortium, Freedom House is deeply concerned at the significant global increase in violence and per secution targeting LGBT persons. Freedom House is committed to the principle that the human rights of all persons regardless of their sexual orientation or gen der identity must be respected, and the passage of this bill would send a very clear message to abusers of the human rights of LGBT persons that the United States finds such behavior reprehensible and unacceptable.
David J. Kramer