"Human rights are the island off the mainland of U.S. foreign policy," Stephen Prichard of Amnesty International lamented before a House subcommittee in hearings in March. Sailing along with that maritime metaphor, Nina Shea of Freedom House added, "Those of us interested in religious human rights have been the drowning man in the life raft just off the island."
Can that man be pulled ashore? Can at least a causeway unite the island and the mainland? Those are questions in Congress these next several months-and in the meantime, persecution overseas is rising.