International Human Rights Day

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
December 10, 2011
Man Participates in Human Rights Day Rally December 2011

In recognition of International Human Rights Day, commemorated on December 10 each year, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton released the following statement:

"On December 10, 1948, world leaders gathered at the UN General Assembly and pledged to uphold and protect the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all people. This promise, enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, recognized that human beings are, by virtue of their birth, endowed with certain inalienable rights that serve as 'the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.'

"Sixty-three years later, we hear this timeless call for freedom and dignity echoed in the streets, squares, and neighborhoods of the Middle East, North Africa, and beyond. It is up to the people of each nation to create the governments and societies that reflect their aspirations, and craft the constitutions and build the foundations that will protect their human rights and freedoms. And it is up to the people of every nation in transition to guard their budding democracies against those who would seek to hijack freedom and opportunity.

"The violence we have witnessed this year against people exercising their universal rights to free expression, assembly, and association reminds us of the distance that exists between the values inscribed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the realities for many people around the world. From Azerbaijan to Zimbabwe, political prisoners still languish in jail for speaking, writing or advocating peacefully for their beliefs. Today, we call on every government to release all prisoners of conscience immediately and unconditionally, including Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, Father Thadeus Nguyen Văn Lý, and the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Liu Xiaobo.

"As we celebrate Human Rights Day, we reaffirm our commitment to these ideals. It is an obligation of every government to guarantee the rights of all citizens, including women, LGBT people, individuals with disabilities, and other vulnerable groups. We will stand with those who defend human rights against oppression wherever it occurs, and support those working toward a more peaceful world."

You can also find the Secretary's statement here on state.gov.

Comments

Comments

Brian C.
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United States
December 10, 2011

Brian C. in the U.S.A. writes:

What about all the human rights violations connected to the Occupy movement?

Why isn't there more being done about the blatant disregard for civil rights on US soil?

Junior M.
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South Africa
December 10, 2011

Junior M. in South Africa writes:

thank you for reassure your engagement for the protection of LGBTI people worldwide, we are very marginalized especially African, activism Junior Mayema

Deborah R.
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District Of Columbia, USA
December 10, 2011

Deborah R. in Washington writes:

Please free the people that are seeking human rights. People have the right to food, joy, family, health, happiness and freedom. If one is being held for expressing this there are a thousand that agree and the one that voiced it should not be punished.

Christina
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Germany
December 12, 2011

Christina in Germany writes:

What can we do, when Human Rights are not being respected in a democracy, such as Germany? When you are being silenced and intimidated from German Security Service Agents because you just want to talk to an American Diplomat? When you get a warning that it will have unpleasant consequences if you do so? And how can I protect myself, because despite of this warnings, I did talk to an American Diplomat? Do you have any suggestions? I am asking Department of State this questions, because here in Germany I am obvious on some sort of lists, without knowing why. And the German Police is not giving me any answers. My only chance is to speak out loud.

Jessica N.
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United States
December 10, 2011

Jessica N. in the U.S.A. writes:

What hypocrisy when in the United States gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans have no right to marry and are forced to support the heterosexist married lifestyle. We are denied the right to bring our spouses to live here from other nations. Transgender Americans are denied the right to serve in the military and the right to public accommodations. We are denied the right to work. We are denied the right to a fear-free education and LGBT children are beaten in schools, forced to drop out or kill themselves. And yet you have the audacity to talk about human rights for LGBT in other nations when there are no human rights for LGBT Americans. How dare you. What is this a Democratic Party ploy to get LGBT Americans to open up the gAyTm since the Democrats refuse to allow us to vote in a presidential primary?

Betsuaye A.
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New York, USA
December 11, 2011

Betsuaya A. in New York writes:

I am strongly against the violations of Human Rights in Africa. I sincerely admire what the Secretary of States, Mrs. Clinton is doing. The world should truly come together to address this situation in Africa. The world power nations should focus more on global interest if really the course of addressing Human Rights violation is considered important. A lot of inactive resolutions have been passed by the UN but there enforcement is discouraging...I observe world leaders are concentrating on national interest that is why the UN Security Council has become divided and powerless... I am humbly calling on all world learders to change their orientation and course of action for the world and Africa in particular...

Zharkov
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United States
December 11, 2011

Zharkov in the U.S.A. writes:

It seems the U.N. is using "Human Rights" as a cover story to justify the existence of global government, when in fact, global government is doing little or nothing to free prisoners accused merely of speaking inside their own country.

Thailand jailed Joe Gordon merely because, while he was living in Colorado, he translated and published a banned biography about the King of Thailand.

Why should Thailand remain a member of the U.N. when it can jail Americans for free speech they made while in America?

What about U.N. failures to enforce human rights - is that not a human rights violation in itself?

Does the U.N. accept financial liability for failure to secure human rights in member nations? Perhaps it is time that either the U.N. does pay or it forces member nations to pay reparations to political prisoners.

If the U.N. will not free Joe Gordon from Thai prison, what human rights will it protect?

action66
December 12, 2011

W.W. writes:

LGBT issue : another poor horned bilderberg governamental way to move away focus from real problem...

who cares about people sexuality or spiritual believes ...

what can you expect from an Horned financial beastly marked society who cares more about pets then human beings?

Maureen
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Massachusetts, USA
December 11, 2011

Maureen in Massachusetts writes:

@ Jessica N.

Have hope Jessica. Look to some New England states and you will see that some progress has been made for LGBT citizens and marriage. Many democratic activists and party leaders work to advance this cause.

Mike
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District Of Columbia, USA
December 12, 2011

Mike in Washington, D.C. writes:

Dear Secretary of State Clinton,

I am writing to ask you to look into the circumstances surrounding the death of Mustafa Tamimi, and 28 year old Palestinian. He died on December 10th after succumbing to wounds suffered during a protest against land confiscation in Nabi Saleh. After throwing stones at an IDF armored personnel carrier, he was shot in the head by the Israeli Defense Forces with a high velocity tear gas canister.
T
wo years ago I was living in a nearby city called Nablus and volunteering as a teacher in three Palestinian refugee camps, as well as the local university.

During my stay in the West Bank, I went to a number of non-violent Palestinian demonstrations against land confiscation, discrimination, and human rights abuses as a result of the growing illegal Israeli settlement complex.
During one of those demonstrations, I was standing in front of a building and talking with a friend. We both watched as an Israeli Defense Forces solider roughly 30 feet from us pointed his weapon at our heads and fired a high velocity tear gas grenade. We were not throwing rocks, moving forward, or posing any conceivable threat. The projectile missed my head by inches and chipped the concrete on the building behind us. Had the canister been slightly left, I probably would not be writing you today.

The week after we were fired on, March 13, 2009, another American from California was shot with one of these canisters and critically injured. Tristan Anderson then spent several months in an intensive care unit before being transferred back to the United States for more therapy. Today, he continues to suffer from severe tramatic brain injuries, blindness in the left eye, and he cannot use the left side of his body. Not long after Tristan was shot and critically injured, another U.S. citizen named Emily Henchowitz was shot during a demonstration in Jerusalem and lost her left eye.

At least two Palestinian civilians have been killed because of the misuse of these U.S. supplied weapons in as many years, and Israeli military forces continue to attack civilians with them, often with lethal consequences.

These tear gas canisters are made by a company called Combined Systems Inc. located in Jamestown Pennsylvania and given to Israel as part of our annual military assistance. This assistance is subject to both the Arms Export Control Act and Leahy Law, and it is my firm belief that those laws are being gravely violated on a continual basis.

I would like you to ask Secretary of Clinton to investigate Israel’s use of U.S. supplied high velocity tear gas canisters , and if necessary, take the appropriate measures to make sure that United States statutes protecting human rights are strictly enforced.

Sincerely,

Mike C.

Ms.Maté F.
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Illinois, USA
December 12, 2011

Mate F. in Illinois writes:

It is essential to continue promoting and building awareness in our country and around the globe about laws of justice, freedom and equanimity. Protecting the human rights of every individual we will build stronger communities, stronger families where freedom, justice and peace will revolve around them for the well being of all. I feel joy to see greatest days to come for all of us.

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