Today, on the 70th Anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights, Sens. Chris Coons (D-DE) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) have introduced a resolution to establish the John S. McCain III Human Rights Commission, dedicated to elevating awareness of international human rights violations. Arizona State University’s McCain Institute for International Leadership applauds this act that will both cement Senator McCain’s legacy as a champion of human rights and shine a light on significant violations of freedom and dignity around the world.

“John would have been deeply honored to be the namesake of this commission,” said Cindy McCain, chair of the McCain Institute’s board. “He spent his life serving causes greater than self and standing up for the rights and freedoms of underdogs around the world. Now more than ever, we need leaders who are knowledgeable about and champions of human rights; this commission will make significant progress toward that end. I’m grateful to Sens. Coons and Tillis for their leadership on this effort.”

The McCain Institute is home to a human rights & democracy program, as well as programs that work to combat human trafficking, train the next generation of leaders, advance international rule of law and security, and increase capacity of the counterterrorism field.