Human Rights Caucus

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


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.