April 9, 2014 | by Staff reports
Senate confirms State Dept. nominee
Tom Malinowski, State Department, gay news Washington Blade

Tom Malinowski (Photo courtesy of State Department)

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate on April 2 confirmed Tom Malinowski as assistant secretary for the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.

“There are many places around the world where human rights, democracy, and labor rights are under assault – think China, Venezuela, and Bangladesh for starters,” said U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “To monitor and confront these abuses, U.S. leadership is essential and the confirmation of Tom Malinowski to promote American values is vital and long overdue. He is the right person for this job to counter attacks on civil society, press freedom, and democratic aspirations.”

Human Rights First President Elisa Massimino also applauded Malinowski’s confirmation to head the office that oversees LGBT-specific policies and initiatives.

“We look forward to working with Tom to advance American policies that uphold human rights and the rule of law,” she said.

Malinowski, who was born in Poland, is the former Washington director for Human Rights Watch.

Uzra Zeya had served as acting assistant secretary of the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor before Malinowski’s confirmation.

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