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Congress Should Put Human Rights First at Home and Abroad. Prove Some Americans Care.

Expand A view of the Capitol Building in Washington October 15, 2013. © 2013 Reuters The new 116th Congress, with its diverse pool of new members ushered in by a record number of voters, has an opportunity to demonstrate that human rights remain a priority for the American people. For years, the U.S. has promoted respect for these rights, even if it has not always abided by the laws and treaties that protect them. This has advanced the long-term strategic interests of the U.S., as well as peace and security in the rest of the world. After all, these rights — to be free from discrimination,…

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