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“Human rights are quite simply the foundation for a free and an open society. And history shows us that countries whose policies respect and reflect these rights are far more likely to be more peaceful and more prosperous, far more effective at tapping the talents of their people, far more capable of being innovative and moving rapidly and innovatively in the marketplace, and they are better long-term partners.”

Secretary John Kerry, Remarks on a 21st Century Pacific Partnership – April 15, 2013

Acting Assistant Secretary Uzra Zeya being interviewed after the 2012 Human Rights Report rollout at the U.S. Department of State April 19, 2013    Read:

Human Rights Day 2012:
“…Human rights cannot be disconnected from other priorities. They are inextricably linked with all of the goals we strive for in our countries and around the world.”

Former Assistant Secretary Posner: “Regardless of gender, race, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, or physical or mental disability, all people deserve the freedom to pursue happiness and fulfillment…”

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Depictions of human rights issues around the globe in 2012

Fact Sheet on the 2012 Human Rights ReportsFact Sheet on the 2012 Human Rights Reports – Key Human Rights Developments Across the Globe in 2012PDF


Other Speeches on Human Rights in 2012

“We do so because given the power of faith in our lives, and the passion that religious differences can inflame, the strongest weapon against hateful speech is not repression; it is more speech — the voices of tolerance that rally against bigotry and blasphemy, and lift up the values of understanding and mutual respect..” President Obama Freedom of Expression at the UNGA – September 25, 2012


“Walls that divide the internet are easier to erect than to maintain. Our government will continue to work very hard to get around every barrier that repressive governments put up, because governments that have erected barriers will eventually find themselves boxed in.” Former Secretary Clinton, Coalition for Freedom Online – December 2011


“The world should and must hold governments to a different standard than individuals. Whether they are secular or religious, Muslim or Christian or Hindu or officially atheistic or anything else, governments have solemn obligations to protect the human rights of all citizens, no matter what religions they believe or don’t believe.”Former Secretary Clinton at The International Freedom Conference – July 30, 2012


“In practice, urging governments to do better by their own people means anything from monitoring environmental practices to promoting food safety, delivering humanitarian assistance or making micro-loans to empower the poor, calling for protection for the rights of women, LGBT people, religious minorities, or disabled persons, or demanding that local authorities be bound by the rule of law.” - Former Assistant Secretary Posner Testifies on Civil Society and Human Rights at the Lantos Commission – May 17, 2013


“In every society, we believe it’s incumbent on government to give its own people an opportunity to voice their concerns and pursue their aspirations.Former Assistant Secretary Posner, Briefing on the 17th US-China Human Rights Dialogue – August 2009

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