Continuing to Fight for Human Rights Around the World
“I stand here today with many Human Rights and Refugee advocates urging Congress to help bring an end to statelessness, human trafficking and displaced people around the world,” stated Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee. “The United States Government should take the lead in addressing the crisis of displaced people around the world and enacting my legislation would do just that. That is why I plan on introducing legislation in the House of Representatives that calls for an increase in global stability and security for the United States and the international community by reducing the number of individuals who are de jure or de facto stateless and at risk of being trafficked.”
Congresswoman Jackson Lee’s Legislation :
“As a senior Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and a member of the Human Rights Caucus I am deeply concerned with the current state of those who are without a state. I have long been an outspoken advocate for the universal nature of human rights and the plight of those peoples who the international community all to often ignores,” added Congresswoman Jackson Lee.
“We have a moral and a legal obligation to protect those who are without a state as a signatory to the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights which clearly states, ‘Everyone has the right to a nationality’ and should not be arbitrarily deprived of a nationality. Numerous international treaties and conventions make up the body of international law that outline the rights and responsibilities of nations with regard to this ever important issue, however enforcement has been lethargic and the time to stand up and demand change is now. The problem of statelessness can be resolved through the advent of adequate nationality legislation. That is why it is critical to enact this legislation immediately,” concluded Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee.
June 26, 2008View all Articles