Freedom House Supports H.R. 2368, the Global Respect Act
In response to the introduction of H.R. 2368 Freedom House issued the following statement:
“Freedom House supports the Global Respect Act because the human rights of all persons, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, should be respected,” said Mark P. Lagon, president of Freedom House. “We are concerned by the significant global increase in violence against LGBT persons, and this bill sends a clear message that the United States finds such behavior reprehensible. Congress should continue to make support of the LGBT community a priority in U.S. foreign policy. We applaud Rep. Cicilline (D-RI) and the bill’s original cosponsors for their leadership on this issue.”
H.R.2368 would deny entry into the United States to any foreigner who has violated the human rights of LGBT persons anywhere in the world.
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