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  • Commemorating Human Rights Day

    by Representative David N. Cicilline

    Posted on 2013-12-12

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    CICILLINE asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.) Mr. CICILLINE. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to commemorate Human Rights Day, an occasion to recognize the struggles of individuals all around the world who fight for their basic rights of life, liberty, and security of person.



    On March 2, 2011, Jean-Claude Roger Mbede of Cameroon was arrested for, ``homosexuality and attempted homosexuality'' and sentenced to 3 years' imprisonment.

    Jean-Claude is one of the individual cases of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission's Defending Freedoms Project, which seeks to have Members of Congress adopt the case of an individual like Jean-Claude and work for their rights and freedom.

    Sadly, cases such as these are far too common in areas of the world where people can be imprisoned for simply exercising their basic human rights.

    I call upon the Cameroonian authorities to live up to their obligation to respect and protect the rights of Jean-Claude Mbede and all Cameroonians.

    I pledge to continue to follow his story and do what I can to secure his safety. I hope my colleagues will join me in taking up cases from the Defending Freedoms Project, and that, together, we can ensure justice for wrongly imprisoned individuals all across the world.

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