Senator Coons is committed to promoting human rights through U.S. foreign policy and co-chairs the Senate Human Rights Caucus with Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC). Senator Coons co-founded the bipartisan Senate Human Rights Caucus in 2014 with former Senator Mark Kirk to build support in Congress for efforts to preserve and protect fundamental human rights around the world. The Caucus holds briefings on a wide range of issues, such as the persecution of the Rohingya, human rights in Iran, and threats to religious minorities.
Current members of the Human Rights Caucus include Senators Coons, Tillis, Merkley, Ernst, Markey, Hirono, Young, Sinema, Peters, Klobuchar, and Cassidy.
Turkey: Human Rights and Religious Freedom in Crisis
Forced to Flee Burma: Stories of Rohingya in Bangladesh
World Refugee Day 2018: Rohingya at Risk
Advancing Human Rights in Iran
Assessing Electoral Progress in the DRC
Mobilizing Resources to Combat Modern Slavery
The 25th Commemoration of the Genocide in Rwanda
Religious Freedom in China: Assessing the Role of Surveillance Technology in Abuses Against the Uyghurs and Across China
Detained in Iran: A Discussion of the Arbitrary Detention of U.S. and Foreign Nationals in Iran
Sens. Coons, Tillis statement on the anniversary of Jamal Khashoggi's murder
Sens. Coons, Tillis statement on the 30th anniversary of Tiananmen Square
Sens. Coons, Tillis introduce resolution to establish a human rights commission in honor of the late Senator McCain
Sens. Coons and Tillis, Rep. Lowenthal introduce resolution honoring Human Rights Day
Sens. Coons, Tillis join VP Pence in condemning violence against Burma's Rohingya
Sens. Coons, Tillis call on Saudis to investigate disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi
Sens. Coons, Tillis introduce resolution recognizing critical work of human rights defenders
Sens. Coons, Tillis statement on Reuters journalists in Burma
Sens. Coons, Tillis issue joint statement on protests in Iran
Sens. Coons, Tillis statement on Reuters journalists arrested in Burma
Sens. Coons, Tillis statement on President Trump's trip to Asia
Sens. Coons, Tillis on the passing of Liu Xiaobo
A resolution designating December 10, 2018, as "Human Rights Day" and recognizing the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
A resolution establishing the John S. McCain III Human Rights Commission.
A resolution recognizing the critical work of human rights defenders in promoting human rights, the rule of law, democracy, and good governance.