International Human Rights Day is a celebration of our daily commitment to advance freedom and human rights. Sixty-four years ago, on December 10, 1948, the world came together to adopt the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Today, we continue to press for the fundamental rights and freedoms espoused in the UDHR for all people and stand with citizens, activists, and governments around the world that do the same. We do this in our pursuit of a more perfect union and a more perfect world, in which each human being lives freely and with dignity.
Secretary Clinton on International Human Rights Day
Assistant Secretary Posner on Celebrating Human Rights
Ambassador Susan Rice on International Human Rights Day
Melanne S. Verveer “Eleven Words”
View Secretary Clinton’s Remarks “Frontline and Frontiers: Making Human Rights a Human Reality” from Dublin City University in Dublin, Ireland, December 6, 2012.
Our policy is guided by the principle, enshrined in the UDHR, that all people are “born free and equal in dignity and rights.” Protecting human rights is essential to functioning rule of law, civilian security, economic development, and, ultimately, lasting peace.
- President Obama’s Remarks A Moment of Opportunity: American Diplomacy in the Middle East & North Africa – May 19, 2011
- Secretary Clinton on Civil Society: Supporting Democracy in the 21st Century, Community of Democracies address, Krakow, Poland – July 3, 2010
- Secretary Clinton’s Remarks on the Human Rights Agenda for the 21st Century – December 14, 2009
- Secretary Clinton on Labor Issues at the Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Policy Dialogue, Sofitel Hotel, Siem Reap, Cambodia – July 17, 2012
- Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Michael H. Posner, Lantos Commission Testimony on Civil Society and Human Rights, May 17, 2012
- Assistant Secretary Michael Posner on The Four Freedoms Turn 70 – March 24, 2011
- Assistant Secretary Posner on American Values, Global Transformations: Democracy and Human Rights in the Obama Administration – January 20, 2012
The U.S. promotes these rights worldwide, including the right of all people, regardless of gender, race, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, or physical or mental disability, to express themselves freely, assembly peaceably, worship as they choose, and select their leaders. In doing so, we recognize that governments that embrace these values for their citizens are more peaceful, more prosperous, and better neighbors than those that do not.
- Secretary of State Clinton at the Release of the 2011 International Religious Freedom Report, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington, D.C. – July 30, 2012
- “Free And Equal In Dignity And Rights,” Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland – December 6, 2011
- Secretary Clinton On Women, Peace, And Security, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. – December 19, 2011
- Secretary Clinton on Internet Freedom, Conference on Internet Freedom, The Hague, Netherlands – December 8, 2011
- Secretary Clinton’s Remarks on Youth, Tunis, Tunisia – February 25, 2012
- Secretary Clinton On Democracy In The Middle East And North Africa, National Democratic Institute, Washington, D.C. – November 7, 2011