State Department Commission to Sharpen Focus on Human Rights

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listens as the chair of the Commission on Unalienable Rights, Mary Ann Glendon, delivers remarks at the Department of State on July 8.

The State Department has launched a Commission on Unalienable Rights in order to provide “an informed review of the role of human rights in American foreign policy.” The new commission is chaired by Harvard Law School Professor Mary Ann Glendon and includes scholars, legal experts and activists.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece: “America’s Founders defined unalienable rights as including ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.’ … A moral foreign policy should be grounded in this conception of human rights.”