President Obama at Memorial Service for Former South African President Nelson Mandela
...he would hold his country together when it threatened to break apart. And like America’s Founding Fathers, he would erect a constitutional order to preserve freedom for future generations -- a commitment to democracy and rule of law ratified not only by his election, but by his willingness to step down from power after only one term.
Testimony: Secretary Kerry on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Like all people with disabilities, they deserve a world where they can fully participate in the global economy on equal terms without fear of discrimination or loss of dignity.
So I think this is the single most important step that we can take today to expand opportunities abroad for the more than 50 million Americans with disabilities. This treaty is not about changing America. This treaty is about America changing the world.
Ambassador Power at a Roundtable Strategy Session on International LGBT Rights
If we are to continue changing laws, ending violence, enlightening minds, and opening hearts , we must go forward on every front – locally...and globally. The recent enactment of Russia’s anti-propaganda law is as outrageous as it is dangerous. And it is a reminder that whether the struggle for equality takes the form of equal employee benefits or protection from being imprisoned or executed, we have a long way to go.
Presidential Proclamation: Human Rights Day and Human Rights Week 2013
...people are still persecuted for their beliefs, imprisoned for their ideals, and punished for their convictions.
...let us break down prejudice, amplify the courageous voices that sound the call for change, and reaffirm our unwavering support for the principles enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.