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Derek Holloway
Sadly, and dangerously, the right of withdrawal from RE is now being exploited by a range of 'interest groups' often using a dubious interpretation of human rights legislation. The right of withdrawal form RE now gives comfort to those who are breaking the law and seeking to incite religious hatred. Through RE teacher social media forums and feedback from our RE advisers, I am aware that some parents have sought to exploit the right to withdraw children from RE lessons. This is seemingly because they do not want their children exposed to other faiths and world views, in particular
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NEW Apr 26 2017
Human Rights has been commented on by 441 key people in the news. You can find all of them on this page with their statements. People who have been most quoted about Human Rights are: Barack Obama, Rodrigo Duterte and Donald J. Trump. For instance, the most recent quote from Barack Obama is: “This is an example of the vital role that America has to continue to play around the world in protecting norms and values, advocating on behalf of human rights, advocating on behalf of women's rights, advocating on behalf of freedom of the press.”.
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Mike Pence

As the second and the third largest democracies in the world, our two countries share many common values including freedom, the rule of law, human rights and religious diversity. The United States is proud to partner with Indonesia, to promote and protect these values. Under President Trump's leadership the United States seeks trade relationships that are both free and fair. That's for job creation and economic growth for both parties. As you, President Widodo have said so often, we're looking for a win-win relationship and we're confident that we can find it on an increasing

Bulent Tezcan

This is a serious legitimacy crisis. We will employ all legal ways available. We will evaluate tomorrow whether we will take the decision to the Constitutional Court or to the European Court of Human

Issa Qarakah

This is not political, even though Israeli ministers are saying it is. All [the prisoners] want is to ensure conditions inside the jails are in full compliance with human

Jennifer Rubin

We have not been alone in blasting President Trump for calling to congratulate Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on a “victory” in an election rife with “irregularities, ” according to international monitors. David L. Phillips of the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University describes “massive electoral fraud”.feedback

Rupert Colville - United Nations

We add our voice to the condemnation of the attack near Rashideen near western rural Aleppo Governorate that hit a convoy carrying people from the besieged Syrian towns of Fuha and Kefraya to government-controlled areas, killing dozens of people. It is an attack which likely amounts to a war crime. While at this stage unable to confirm how the attack was carried out or those responsible, footage seen by the UN Human Rights Office showed children gathering around a person giving out sweets just prior to the

António Guterres - United Nations

The issue today is not that human rights violations undermine every aspect of our shared values and common work, but rather how the United Nations

António Guterres - United Nations

Human rights concerns are intrinsic to maintaining peace and security and essential to informing Security Council deliberations and

Tom Malinowski

[U.S. presidents] have generally, and [Obama's] statement is in keeping, found a way to express the importance of our respect for human rights, even in a situation where a president might decide to emphasize the positive elements of a relationship for whatever

Donald J. Trump

I think right now when it comes to civil liberties, our country has a lot of problems, and I think it's very hard for us to get involved in other countries when we don't know what we are doing and we can't see straight in our own

Jennifer Rubin

President Trump and his advisers are rightly concerned about Syria and North Korea. These rogue states, guilty of human rights atrocities, pose the risk of wider violence and destabilization. Syria’s civil war has already created millions of refugees, has rekindled diseases (e.g. polio) that were once thought to be extinct and has allowed the country to become a haven for Islamic State terrorists. And yet, these should be lesser concerns in the bigger

Jennifer Rubin

A reasonable debate can be had about how much we can attempt to pressure allies on human rights abuses - and how publicly we should do so. We noted yesterday that the balancing act with a NATO ally such as Turkey in a difficult part of the world can be quite nettlesome. It is obvious - to everyone but President Trump - that at the very least we shouldn’t be rewarding or praising behavior that is contrary to our values and which in the long run will make those countries less

Evgeny Zagaynov

Indeed prevention and settlement of armed conflicts are the main prerequisites for correcting human rights situations, and not vice

John Sauven - Greenpeace

Whoever wins on 8 June should heed the advice of Lord Hodgson and amend it. If you're a corporate lobbyist paid by a tobacco company to fight anti-smoking legislation you've got little to worry about, the Lobbying Act does hardly anything to restrict you. But if you're a mass membership campaign group trying to get political parties to make strong commitments on the environment or human rights then watch out, the state can now regulate your campaign, tying you in bureaucratic knots and preventing voters from hearing about the issues that

Sherine Tadros - Amnesty International

If the U.S. administration wants to show it has a genuine commitment to human rights then it needs to take a serious look at its recent policies. You can't have directives coming from Washington that are distinctly anti-human rights and then say you're championing human rights at the

Margaret Atwood

It seemed preposterous even to me. But I don't mean to say it was preposterous. I didn't think it was going to happen in that moment. When politically inclined people say they want to do such and such, I always believe them, so why be surprised? Then the 2016 U.S. election happened and all this became much more immediate. It's always a terrible idea for women when civil rights themselves get smashed, unless you take the view that women aren't human

Margaret Atwood

People have forgotten that civil rights themselves had to be hard fought for and have to be fought to maintain because someone is going to take them away from you if they get the chance... I think whole generations came along who didn't have to fight for those things, and weren't too worried. It was, did I do that?!feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

The EU has lost all credibility. We don't defend democracy, human rights and freedoms because they want us to, we do that because our citizens deserve it. As we get closer to democracy, they are moving away from

Joe Biden

When faced with such crimes of hate and inhumanity, it is the responsibility of every person of conscience to speak out – to oppose this campaign of violence before it continues further. …[The] human rights abuses perpetrated by Chechen authorities and the culture of impunity that surrounds them means that these hate crimes are unlikely to ever be properly investigated or that the perpetrators will see justice. But that does not mean that we should fail to defend basic human rights, fundamental freedoms, and universal

Maria Grazia Giammarinaro

I hope that this will be a stepping point for a more intense and fruitful dialogue with the whole human rights system. Vulnerability factors are probably less significant than other countries' - for example, social inequalities and situations of complete

James Forman Jr.

African-Americans have always viewed the protection of black lives as a civil rights issue, whether the threat comes from police officers or street criminals. Far from ignoring the issue of crime by blacks against other blacks, African-American officials and their constituents have been consumed by

Matthew Rycroft

What we now need is a newly configured mission which is focussed on the rule of law and human rights in Haiti. Peacekeepers do fantastic work but they are very expensive and they should be used only when needed. We strongly support the ending of this mission turning it into something else. And I think we'll see the same thing

Jeffrey Lord

Think of Donald Trump as the Martin Luther King of health care. When I was a kid, President Kennedy did not want to introduce the civil rights bill because he said it wasn't popular and he didn't have the votes for it, et cetera. Dr. King kept putting people in the streets in harm's way to put the pressure on so the bill would be

Jake Sussman

The court has become a much friendlier forum in civil rights cases, and it appears that criminal defendants have found a more open

Matthew Rycrof

We are at the end of an important phase in Haiti. What we now need is a newly configured mission which is focused on rule of law and human

Emily Thornberry

UK foreign policy should be based on human rights and international law. That means putting some distance between us and an unpredictable White House. The world is a more uncertain place today than it has been for decades. We now face a period of renewed – and unexpected – confrontation between the United States and Russia, a civil war in Syria that seems only to be getting worse, and a renewed threat of nuclear sabre-rattling in North

Salil Shetty - Amnesty International

Both Alicia Keys and the Indigenous rights movement of Canada have in their own ways made inspirational and meaningful contributions to advancing human rights and towards ensuring brighter possibilities for future generations. Crucially, they remind us never to underestimate how far passion and creativity can take us in fighting

Bob Corker

We need to deal with human rights issues, but not on weapons

Brian Johnson

A generation's time and place is defined by the debates they have. So, for example, we have civil rights and human rights and marriage rights and abortion rights. I think the coming discussion for our society will be evolution rights. I think we will see the same thing happen as we gain more powerful forms of enhancements in genetics and neurological enhancement and physical

Mario Joseph

Imagine if the U.N. was going to the United States and raping children and bringing cholera. Human rights aren't just for rich white

Daniel Haqiqatjou

There has been this tendency to racialize Muslims, for Muslims to adopt this civil rights discourse for themselves and clearly that has moral traction because if you can think of yourself as the newest group that's been stigmatized then you can use the language of civil rights, which has a lot of currency. But that has theological implications because Muslim is not a race, it's a set of beliefs that you subscribe

Matthew Page

U.S. policy makers know full well it's a flawed deal that ignores longstanding and unresolved human rights concerns. Cash-strapped Nigeria is about to fork over the equivalent of half its defense budget to the world's wealthiest country for just 12 propeller

Elizabeth Wydra

With a Justice Garland, the right for women to choose an abortion and exercise equal citizenship would have been comfortably protected. The ability of agencies to safeguard clean air and water, civil rights and workplace safety would be less threatened. Gay men and lesbians would rest secure in their marriages and not feel vulnerable to discrimination based on who they

Jeffrey Feltman - United Nations

There can be no genuine protection if the parties to the conflict, government and opposition alike, are permitted to act with impunity and if the Syrian government continues to commit human rights violations against its own

Rex W. Tillerson

I don't think you have to have a separate conversation, somehow separate our core values around human rights from our economic discussions, our military-to-military discussions, or our foreign policy discussions. They're really embedded in every

Tim Cook - Apple

I think the U.S. will lose its leadership in technology if this doesn't change. The impatient side says we're not moving fast enough. Everyone deserves the same human rights. I don't hear anybody asking for special rights – just the same rights. I think that's true not only in the gay community but many other communities as

Hillary Clinton

You know what, I'm doing pretty well, all things considered. I would put it this way. As a person, I'm OK. As an American, I'm pretty worried. The targeting of women, which is what's going on, is absolutely beyond any political agenda. There's something else happening here. With men, success and ambition are correlated with likeability, so the more successful a man is, the more likeable he becomes. With a woman, guess what. It's the exact opposite. It's time the Russians were afraid of us! Because we were going to stand up for human rights, the dignity and the future of the Syrian

Hua Chunying

We strongly oppose any country disrupting China's judicial sovereignty and independence with the excuse of human

Urgyen Badheytsang - Students for a Free Tibet

We are asking the Trump administration to see Tibet as a barometer, to see Tibet as an indicator of China's track record and to basically sternly oppose their human rights record and look to resolve these outstanding

Roza Thun

We all have to respect, we want to respect values to which we subscribed: that means especially freedom, democracy, human rights, peace. And when I am thinking about the Central European University, freedom of

Federica Mogherini - European Union

There must be no doubt that those responsible for violations of international humanitarian law or human rights, whoever they are, wherever they are, will be held accountable. In particular we condemn, as I said, the use of chemical weapons as reported in yesterday's (Tuesday) attack, and demand that they cease and that accountability is guaranteed through the appropriate mechanisms. Sustainable and inclusive peace in Syria, for the Syrians, remains the objective of all our common

Akos Hadhazy

The government does not want to debate these organizations and the facts. Instead, it wants to eliminate the anti-corruption and human rights

Theresa May

We have no difficulty in raising hard issues with those that we meet with, be it in Saudi Arabia or elsewhere around the world. The strong British tradition of standing up for human rights is there, the strong British tradition of standing up for British national interest is there. I want to see the United Kingdom as a truly global Britain. A good continuing deep partnership with the European Union, but also trading and working with others around the

Simone Rodan-Benzaquen

It was uncomfortable for them to see that in France, the country of human rights, you had anti-Semitism coming up

Fatima Goss Graves

When you put these appointments together, people have reason to pay close attention to this civil rights

Randy Hultgren

I know President Trump wants America to remain strong. We remain strong when our values are upheld around the world, and when leaders understand we are serious when it comes to defending human rights across any border. We must speak truth to

David J. Kramer

While there have been strong statements made by senior people in the administration, we haven't heard that echoed at the top, and that creates confusion about human rights and its place on the president's foreign policy

Dale Carpenter

In a major decision breaking with every other federal appeals court to rule on the issue, the en banc Seventh Circuit held today that sexual orientation discrimination is a form of sex discrimination forbidden by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The vote was 8-3. The opinion in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College, by Judge Diane Wood, reasoned that sexual orientation discrimination is essentially indistinguishable from sex discrimination because the former relies on stereotyped concepts about how men and women should behave sexually and about with whom they should associate in their intimate lives. Because the decision creates a circuit split on the issue of anti-gay employment discrimination for the first time, the matter could now go to the Supreme Court as soon as next

Frank-Walter Steinmeier

If we want to be a shining beacon of human rights in the world... then Europe can't remain silent when civil society members like the Central European University in Budapest are being

Frank-Walter Steinmeier

We Germans want to keep the European Union together, we want to build a common future in Europe, together with our partners, both large and small, having equal rights and being equally committed. If we want to be a beacon for the rule of law and human rights in the world, then we have to care if this foundation shakes in the heart of Europe. And Europe must not be silent if civil society, even science, as it happened at the Central European University in Budapest, the air they breathe is taken away. Europe must not be

Petr Iliichev

But (the) general statement that international peace and security are threatened by human rights violations is not

Nikki Haley

The number one priority is defeating terrorism. But we want to stay true to our values. I don't think the administration is backing away from human rights, because they are supporting me speaking about it. It really is intended to do, respectfully – what do we need to watch for? What are the issues that lead to conflict? How do we allow extremism to come in because of the vulnerabilities of the human rights conflicts? And so we think that's incredibly important. America has always been the country that has prided itself on valuing all lives, and that's not going to

Nikki Haley

But there are friends you can work with, while at the same time saying we do not like what you are doing with respect to human rights. The White House is very supportive of me talking about human rights – but that doesn't mean we are not going to speak to Egypt, to Saudi Arabia. We are going to play with who we need to play with. It is not intended to in any way call out certain countries or blast them or use this as a gotcha game. We are a strong group. We are working as a team. And I am honoured to be part of that

Owen Jones

Not just content to lead us out of the EU, Theresa May is also bringing us closer to Saudi Arabia, despite the terror and suffering it inflicts. Does “Brexit mean Brexit”, or does “Brexit means Britain should cosy up even more to murderous human rights abusers?” Our government is already a serial cheerleader of gruesome regimes: now a grubby arms dealer at their service, too. But as Theresa May prostrates Britain before her head-chopping friends in Saudi Arabia, her strategy is clear. Abandoning the vast single market across the Channel doesn’t just mean reducing Britain to the status of lapdog to the woman-groping Muslim-bashing demagogue across the Atlantic. It means an ever-closer relationship to regimes which inflict suffering on people inside and outside their own

Jeremy Corbyn

Britain must halt arms sales to Saudi Arabia immediately, throw its weight behind a ceasefire resolution at the United Nations and back a full and genuinely independent investigation of the evidence of war crimes in Yemen. As it stands, the British-Saudi relationship is damaging to the people of Saudi Arabia, Britain and the wider Middle East, and helping to export insecurity to the rest of the world. Unless the Prime Minister challenges the Saudi regime over its abuses this week, it will be clear she is ready to sacrifice human rights and security on the altar of the arms

Bill Cassidy

It is my understanding that never has there been one filibustered. We can see that those things that have happened, like civil rights, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, that have had an enduring positive effect on our country, have been done in a bipartisan fashion. When it's done with one party jamming it through, much like Obamacare, it leads into years of divisiveness. I think it's another place if we're going to find something that works across the nation, we need to have both parties

Richard Branson - Virgin Group

Dreaming is one of humanity's greatest gifts; it champions aspiration, spurs innovation, leads to change, and propels the world forward. In a world without dreams there would be no art, no adventure, no moon landing, no female CEOs, and no civil rights. . The benefits of dreaming far outweigh the perceived risks, because the value of dreaming isn't just measured by the outcome, but the inspiration that comes from journey of achieving the dream. I've been thinking a lot about the meaning of life and about the things that I want to teach them so that they live the best life

Petr Iliichev

Human rights are addressed by various peacekeeping missions, by special political missions, if we can just try to liaise those mandates with human rights then maybe we can agree (on a meeting).feedback

Kristen Clarke

In a 163 page report, the Justice Department laid out extensive evidence of unconstitutional policing practices including unlawful stops, searches, and arrests; racial disparities in the rates of stops, searches and arrests; and use of excessive force. The mayor, the community and the police department all support reform, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions is the obstacle standing in the way. This administration is making clear its intent to delay and obstruct federal civil rights enforcement across our

Jeremy Corbyn

The prime minister should put human rights and international law at the centre of her talks with Saudi Arabia's government this week. Numerous human rights organisations, including the UNHRC and Amnesty International, have documented the dictatorial Saudi monarchy's shocking human rights record. The Saudi-led coalition bombing in Yemen, backed by the British government, has left thousands dead, 21 million people in need of humanitarian assistance and 3 million refugees uprooted from their

Sarah Margon - Human Rights Watch

If Trump is committed to an 'America first' foreign policy . . . he should make sure Americans get out of prison. Giving more money to the Sissi government is to the detriment of U.S. and Egyptian interests. Neither side in this relationship seems interested in promoting human rights, but the gross abuses being committed by Egyptian authorities should compel Congress to keep limiting

Kate Robertson

Meghan more than held her own. Her contributions were articulate and well-informed. Meghan's involvement with One Young World has demonstrated that she is very serious about the humanitarian issues she gets involved with and that she is keen to be engaged in a meaningful way, as opposed to being a celebrity spokesperson. She is particularly interested in human rights issues and is very well informed about current affairs and world

Mara Keisling

There is a moratorium on civil rights. Local governments can no longer protect people, and that's never OK. Any moratorium on civil rights is always disgraceful in the United

Radley Balko

Here’s the latest from the Trump administration on civil liberties and criminal

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

The separation of powers is essential for democracy to function, and keeping democratic spaces open is essential to ensure human rights are

Lu Kang

But we resolutely oppose any country, in any way, using so-called human rights problems to interfere in another country's internal

Emma Keller - World Wide Fund for Nature

Palm oil has benefits as it produces more oil per land area than any other equivalent oil crop. Worldwide demand is expected to double again by 2050 but this expansion comes at the expense of human rights and tropical forest – which forms critical habitat for a large number of endangered wildlife – unless it is sustainable. People don't want the bank notes in their pocket to come with such a high environmental cost. The bank must only source RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) certified sustainable palm oil or none at

Mara Keisling

Enforcing federal laws like Title IX and other civil rights laws are not state-by-state options. They are the responsibility of the federal

Mohamed Soltan

Mohamed Soltan is a human rights advocate and founder of He was imprisoned in Egypt for 22

Ken Livingstone

Hitler supported Zionism. That's what support is. I have broken no Labour Party rule. I am being attacked by the right-wing of the Labour Party because I support Palestinian human rights and strongly back our Leader Jeremy Corbyn. There is no real evidence against me, so hopefully the Labour panel will dismiss the charge against me. Only a biased and a rigged jury could find against

Emma Keller - World Wide Fund for Nature

WWF is encouraged to see the thorough and extensive review that the Bank of England have conducted in response to the animal fat issue in new bank notes. Palm oil has benefits as it produces more oil per land area than any other equivalent oil crop. Worldwide demand is expected to double again by 2050 but this expansion comes at the expense of human rights and tropical forest - which forms critical habitat for a large number of endangered wildlife - unless it is

Bob Corker

This type of conditionality would be unprecedented and counterproductive to maintaining security cooperation and ultimately addressing human rights issues. There are more effective ways to seek changes in partner policies than publicly conditioning weapons transfers in this

Lynn Maalouf - Amnesty International

Dr Nasser bin Ghaith is a prisoner of conscience, imprisoned for the peaceful expression of his conscientiously held beliefs. He should never have been forced to spend a single minute behind bars, let alone 10 years. He has already been forcibly disappeared, held in secret detention for months and subjected to beatings and deliberate sleep deprivation. He is another victim of the UAE's repressive crackdown on dissent, which also saw the prominent human rights activist Ahmed Mansoor arrested last

Richard Heydarian

The Philippine economy could get very hurt by Western countries who are concerned about the Philippines' human

Mark Toner

The United States strongly condemns the detention of hundreds of peaceful protesters throughout Russia. Detaining peaceful protesters, human rights observers, and journalists is an affront to core democratic values. The United States will monitor this situation, and we call on the government of Russia to immediately release all peaceful protesters. The Russian people, like people everywhere, deserve a government that supports an open marketplace of ideas, transparent and accountable governance, equal treatment under the law, and the ability to exercise their rights without fear of

Segolene Royal

French people want exemplary attitude from their political leaders. (We are) the country of human rights, a country of law. We need to watch our

Julian Braithwaite

Today we are putting the Human Rights Council on notice. If things do not change, in the future we will adopt a policy of voting against all resolutions concerning Israel's conduct in the occupied Syrian and Palestinian

Zaw Htay

What the U.N. Human Rights Council did to us is totally not fair and not right under international

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

If Europe continues this way, no European in any part of the world can walk safely on the streets. We, as Turkey, call on Europe to respect human rights and democracy. German President Steinmeier made a statement targeting me although we are good friends. I deplore him for his statement. I wish he had never made such a

Theresa May

And we meet here in the oldest of all parliaments because we know democracy and the values it entails will always prevail. Those values free speech, liberty, human rights and rule of law are embodied here in this place and shared by free people around the

Clive James

The most threatening thing about her, from the American viewpoint, is that she refuses to treat the arts as an instrument of civil rights. Without talent, no

Marta Pardavi

Our position, which Orban has called 'pretty human rights nonsense' has just won in Strasbourg. If I were the Hungarian government I would be considering the necessary legislative amendments now. Helping refugees has become stigmatised. Many organisations decide to keep it in the background. Old, trusted, large organisations are afraid to step up publicly to avoid the backlash on their other

Theresa May

The terrorist chose to strike at the heart of our capital city. The values our parliament represents - democracy, freedom, human rights, the rule of law - command the admiration and respect of free people everywhere. That is why it is a target for those who reject those values. Tomorrow morning, Parliament will meet as normal. We will come together as normal.And Londoners - and others from around the world who have come here to visit this great City - will get up and go about their day as

Theresa May

The terrorists chose to strike at the heart of our capital city, where people of all nationalities, religions and cultures come together to celebrate the values of liberty, democracy and freedom of speech. These streets of Westminster – home to the world's oldest Parliament – are engrained with a spirit of freedom that echoes in some of the furthest corners of the globe. And the values our Parliament represents – democracy, freedom, human rights, the rule of law – command the admiration and respect of free people everywhere. That is why it is a target for those who reject those

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

If you continue to behave like this, tomorrow in no part of the world, no European, no Westerner will be able to take steps on the street safely and peacefully. We as Turkey urge Europe to respect democracy, human rights, freedoms. Our friends looked at this and 144 are in jail for terror charges, the other four for common

Mary Beth Polley

As part of our regular discussions with the Chinese, we raise our serious concerns over China's human rights record, including raising individual cases of people in China who have been harassed, detained without trial and allegedly tortured. As Secretary Tillerson has stated, the American people's commitment to human rights and championing of people the world over is embedded in all we

Hua Chunying

China is always opposed to the efforts of any country to disrupt the normal case handling by Chinese judicial authorities at the excuse of human rights. You mentioned this expression of opinions by 11 missions in China. I believe this in itself is violating the spirit of rule of law. All sovereign states enjoy the independence of judicial affairs, and no country has the right to interfere with the independence of their judicial affairs. China has repeatedly expressed that China is a country under the rule of law and everyone stands equal in front of the law, and no one can rise beyond the

Goncalves Margerin - Amnesty International

The U.S. has attended these hearings for the last eight years. By failing to be present at this hearing, the U.S. joins Cuba and Venezuela in turning its back on people in the Americas who seek justice for human rights

Ibrahim Hooper

It's part of being the nation's most prominent, active American-Muslim Civil rights and advocacy organization. We get it every day, particularly from the right wing of the political

Mark Herring

As attorney general, I'm here to defend and protect the rights and civil liberties of all Virginians, including minority communities, no matter what you look like, what your background

Kristen Clarke

It took years for the civil rights division to be rebuilt and for it to return to its core focus of enforcing civil rights in an objective matter. At the end of the day, this was all conduct that played out under Mr. Acosta's

Dick Durbin

You're going to have your hands full with this president. He's going to keep you busy. We need to know what you'll do when you're called upon to stand up to this president, or any president, if he claims the power to ignore laws that protect fundamental human rights. I want to hear from you why Mr. Priebus would say

Mark Toner

The United States strongly and unequivocally opposes the existence of the UN Human Rights Council's Agenda Item Seven. Today's actions in the council are yet another reminder of that body's longstanding bias against Israel. No other nation has an entire agenda item dedicated to it at the council. The continued existence of this agenda item is among the largest threats to the credibility of the

Avichai Boaron

They are not a human rights organization, they are a political organization. They talk about people's rights, but we lost our homes, we were transferred and today we are living like refugees. But we are not important to them because we are

César Camacho

I am a proponent of the accusatory system, and I know it inside out. What is necessary now is to make adjustments that allow for an absolute respect to civil liberties, and to give the Mexican state instruments and elements to make it more

Thomas Carothers

In short, the prospects for serious, effective U.S. engagement by Trump to support democracy and human rights abroad look

Rex W. Tillerson

We continue to evaluate the effectiveness of the UN Human Rights Council. We may not share a common view on this, given the make-up of the membership. While it may be the only such organization devoted to human rights, the Human Rights Council requires considerable reform in order for us to continue to

Mark Toner

I'm just always wary of predicting exactly what will be on the agenda of any meeting, but I can guarantee that it is a concern. We recognize there are challenges there. Human rights is one of those challenges and freedom of the press is an essential part of

Rebecca MacKinnon

We're in a period where Chinese government pressure on journalists is as great as it's been since the 1980s, so having a secretary who raises the importance of a free press and the treatment of journalists is important. It's been a key part of our foreign policy for decades for Republicans and Democrats. If that changes or if the message is not conveyed … that sends a message not just to the world and the Chinese government, but also to Chinese journalists, human rights lawyers and

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

We know the Netherlands and the Dutch from the Srebrenica massacre. We know how rotten their character is from their massacre of 8,000 Bosnians there. Nobody should try to give us lessons on morality, especially not those who have blood on their hands. The Netherlands, with its display of state terrorism, has caused huge damage to Europe and the EU. Now, for those who want to cooperate with the EU, it has ceased to be a symbol of human rights and freedom. Europe is too important to be left at the mercy of rogue

Sean W. Gallagher

The elimination of female genital mutilation/cutting has broad implications for the health and human rights of women and girls, as well as societies at

William Mozdzierz

We remain deeply concerned by ongoing widespread and gross human rights violations and abuses in the DPRK, including summary executions, enslavement, torture, arbitrary detention, and enforced

Choe Myong Nam

We are not participating in any meeting on DPRK's human rights situation because it is politically

Tomas Ojea Quintana

Military tensions have brought human rights dialogue with the DPRK to a

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

The Netherlands is nothing like an EU country. It is acting like a banana republic. The world has witnessed how those who had lectured Turkey on human rights, rule of law and democracy for years are far from those values. Now they are trying to find excuses for their bad

Malkia A. Cyril

It's very important right now that tech companies like Facebook take a stand to be human rights champions, because otherwise they'll be used to violate human rights. We need to see a situation where activists don't even have to prompt Facebook to take action. We need to see real consistent and clear enforcement … When the pressure becomes greater, we need to see them stand

Randy Jayne Rosenberg

This is a human rights issue and a women's issue. It's an uncomfortable, powerful art exhibition. And it's a way to raise awareness on this serious global problem of abuse and exploitation of

John Cunningham

The story of AIDS is more than a disease. The real underpinnings of that story are about humanity, social justice, human rights and what it means to be a citizen of the world. Somehow there needs to be a keeper of the

Naim Khasawneh

We expected Daqamseh to be released after the murder of [Palestinian teenager] Mohammed Abu Khdeir. We expected him to be released after the killing of Judge Raed al-Zaytar. We expected him to be released after each Israeli violation of human

Harriet Wistrich

This case sets a very important precedent for women, because it shows that victims of rape should have an enforceable right under the Human Rights Act to bring action where they are let down by state

Nicola Sturgeon

I'm pretty certain that this wasn't the purpose of this impressive human rights lawyer's appearance at the

John Crew

This is a problem not just for San Francisco. It's a problem around the country of local police assigning officers to the FBI under arrangements that have not been scrutinized in the past, where local civil rights and racial profiling policies are going to be reevaluated in the era of the Trump

Heather Havrilesky

As George leads Amal through the crowd in his baggy jeans looking docile and outclassed, Amal pulls all the focus. She doesn't have time for this foolishness. In other words, if we want to hear Amal talk, she'll be talking about human rights. She won't be talking about love and marriage and babies. That's George's job. He's the man behind the woman. Which is a pretty unfamiliar, teachable moment for George and for

Michael Knowles

It took a very long time to research this book. I've been observing the Democratic Party for at least 10 years now and when I observed their record and reasons to vote for them – on reasons of economics or foreign policy or homeland security or civil rights and so on – I realised it was probably best to just leave all the pages

Kazuko Ito

The government has a responsibility to protect the human rights of evacuees, but it doesn't not recognise this obligation. Instead, it downplays the health impact of the accident, especially the dangers associated with long-term radiation

Lene Wendland

There is therefore huge potential for FIFA to play a dynamic role in standing up for human

Huang Xihua

You can't turn people's willingness to have babies on and off like a water tap. Once having fewer children becomes a trend, it's hard to reverse. Females reach sexual maturity at around 14 years old, and males at 16. That means Chinese people are sexually mature for six years before being allowed to marry. Lowering the legal marriage age is a way to protect civil rights and preserve social

Alexandra Channer - Verisk Maplecroft

Mandatory disclosure makes it more likely that consumers, shareholders and investors will vote with their wallets for ethical companies who can prove their respect for human rights. Seafarers' wages and working conditions are often the first to suffer when ship owners or shipping companies compete at ever lower prices to transport ever fewer

Jonathan Capehart

If an enduring face of the pain and promise of the Civil Rights movement is Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), then Peggy Wallace Kennedy has become a symbol of racial reconciliation. In speeches and interviews over the past few years, the diminutive daughter of segregationist Alabama governor George Wallace looms large as an authoritative voice in acknowledging a painful past as part of a larger effort to move our nation forward

Thorsteinn Viglundsson

The time is right to do something radical about this issue. Equal rights are human rights. We need to make sure that men and women enjoy equal opportunity in the workplace. It is our responsibility to take every measure to achieve that. It is a burden to put on companies to have to comply with a law like this. But we put such burdens on companies all the time when it comes to auditing your annual accounts or turning in your tax

Richard Farnell

With all the horrific human rights abuses happening around the world right now, I would have thought Liberty had bigger things to worry about. We are clamping down on a small minority of antisocial ne'er-do-wells who drunkenly shout and swear and harangue shoppers in our town

Mevlut Cavusoglu

Please don't attempt to give us democracy and human rights

Mevlut Cavusoglu

You prevent us from meeting our Turkish citizens. Does this suit humanity? Does this suit democracy? Does this suit human rights? Does this suit people's right to meet?feedback

Omar Barghouti

It is not a requirement or a necessity for human rights defenders and groups supporting BDS to enter the country to do their work effectively. If anything, banning them from entry will further motivate them to increase their

Martin Green

Remember we have an equality and human rights act where age is a protected characteristic. What has the Equality and Human Rights Commission done on this issue? They have done very little on age. They are obsessed with race, gender, sexuality and disability and they completely ignore age. Actually I would say ageism is probably the most prevalent form of discrimination in our society

Olena Zerkal

Today I stand before the World Court to request protection of the basic human rights of Ukrainian

Frances Eve

Promoting and protecting human rights is now considered a

Husain Abdulla

In a year where the new Trump administration is dismissing human rights from its foreign policy to Bahrain and the Gulf and preparing to sell arms without conditions, this is a dangerous sign of things to

Morris Mock

It's empowering to see so many leaders, both here and abroad, offering their support to us as we speak out against Nissan's attacks on our civil rights at the plant. I have two daughters, and I want them to grow up in a community where they will have a real shot at a good future and a decent living. That's why I'm going to keep fighting for good jobs at Nissan's plant, no matter what it

David Kaye

Fake news' has emerged as a global topic of concern and there is a risk that efforts to counter it could lead to censorship, the suppression of critical thinking and other approaches contrary to human rights

Radley Balko

Seven Baltimore police officers have been indicted on federal racketeering charges, including “shaking down citizens, filing false court paperwork and making fraudulent overtime claims.” This all went on as the Justice Department was investigating the department for systemic civil rights violations - an investigation Attorney General Jeff Sessions suggested was unnecessary and demoralizing to police

Sarah Margon - Human Rights Watch

While the U.S. commitment to human rights has been imperfect, it has always been one of the key pillars of foreign policy. That seems to be under dramatic threat right now. The fact he's not personally involved makes it much easier for other governments to ignore its

Rex W. Tillerson

Supporting human rights is essential to showing the watching world what America stands

Rob Berschinski

Such a decision sends an unmistakable signal to human rights defenders that the United States may no longer have their back, a message that won't be lost on abusive

Patrick Poon - Amnesty International

Although mainland Chinese mainstream media always accuse Western media coverage of China's human rights record and cases as biased, it's very rare to see them use the term 'fake news' to describe Western media reports. Some party publications might have used the term but it's just very rare in mainstream media. As Donald Trump has been discrediting some major Western media reports as 'fake news,' it seems that the mainland mainstream media might be borrowing this term from him to attack Western media coverage of human rights cases in

Adam Schiff

You see in many parts of Europe a retreat to nationalism, a de-emphasis on human rights. You see in the countries of our NATO allies the imprisoning of journalists. We're seeing an awful turn away from representative government, democracy, human rights, and the rule of

Max Vernon

All those people were facing very real oppression, but they were still figuring out how to be colorful and connected as a community. They were at the birth of a political movement, and now we are experiencing a resurgence of that militant civil rights activism. I wanted to write a show that inspired people to learn from the past and pick up the torch and move

Donald J. Trump

Education is the civil rights issue of our time. We want millions more to have the same chance to achieve the great success that you're achieving. The love you have for what you do is really

Richard Branson - Virgin Group

Dreaming is one of humanity's greatest gifts; it champions aspiration, spurs innovation, leads to change, and propels the world forward. In a world without dreams there would be no art, no adventure, no moon landing, no female CEOs, and no civil

Oystein Storrvik

This is the outcome we were expecting, and we have decided to appeal. First, we will try the Supreme Court and if that does not work, we will try the European Court of Human Rights. We will follow our plan. Our strategy was to achieve a change, so that our

Erin Barclay

In order for this Council to have any credibility, let alone success, it must move away from its unbalanced and unproductive positions. As we consider our future engagements, my government will be considering the Council's actions with an eye toward reform to more fully achieve the Council's mission to protect and promote human

Donald J. Trump

Tonight, as we mark the conclusion of our celebration of Black History Month, we are reminded of our nation's path toward civil rights and the work that still remains. Recent threats targeting Jewish community centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week's shooting in Kansas City, remind us that while we may be a nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms. I am the least anti-Semitic person that you've ever seen in your entire life. I hate the charge. I find it

Yun Byung-se

We should act individually and collectively before the violation of human rights leads to a much bigger

Asghar Farhadi

I'm sorry I'm not with you tonight. My absence is out of respect for the people of my country, and those of [the] other six nations who have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the U.S. Dividing the world into the 'us' and 'our enemies' categories creates fear – a deceitful justification for aggression and war. These wars prevent democracy and human rights in countries which have themselves been victims of

Chang Yong-seok

North Korea was already under immense pressure over its efforts to develop nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles, and also its human rights issues. Things will get even more complicated for Pyongyang if its chemical weapons issues are thrown into the

Mark Johnson

All of you have signed a statement in response to things that are going on. It's not just in defense of artists rights, but human rights. It's kind of

Jodie Foster - Monster

We know that the first attack on democracy is an assault on free expression and civil liberties. And this relentless war on truth. And unfortunately, sadly, it's too familiar because history repeats itself. This is our time to resist. It's our time to show up and demand answers. It's our time to tell our elected officials to do their

Brandon Johnson

I don't know if it's through cutting of use of funding or civil rights lawsuits, since a lot of these universities do engage in organized conspiracies to suppress assembly by conservative groups. If professors are saying 'Trump is Hitler' in class, if they want to use their teaching pulpit to bully their students, they should be willing to deal with the consequences. Change the tenure

Mark Toner

Even though we do not agree with all of their assertions or conclusions, given the seriousness of their efforts, we support the importance of the work they do. We reference HRW reports in our own reporting, including our annual human rights

Omar Shakir

The denial letter came as a shock, given that we have had regular access to Israel and the West Bank for nearly three decades and regularly engage Israeli authorities. Branding us as propagandists and fake human rights advocates puts Israel in the company of heavily repressive states like North Korea, Iran and Sudan that have blocked access for Human Rights Watch staff

Iain Levine - Human Rights Watch

The Israeli government is hardly the only one to disagree with our well researched findings, but efforts to stifle the messenger signal that it has no appetite for serious scrutiny of its human rights record. We hope the Israeli authorities will reverse this decision and allow both international and domestic human rights groups to work

Luis Videgaray

The Mexican government will take all the measures legally possible to defend the human rights of Mexicans abroad, especially in the United

Luis Videgaray

The Mexican government will not hesitate in going to international organisations, starting with the United Nations, to defend human rights, liberties and due process for Mexicans abroad according to international

Larry Diamond

My great fear, is that if we have a major terrorist attack on the United States, that the psychology of fear that sets in in these circumstances naturally gives a leader like Trump enormous scope to abridge civil liberties, amend constitutional guarantees, and move in a more authoritarian

Tony Blair

The fact is that this was always a very difficult situation where any government would have to balance proper concern for civil liberties with desire to protect our security, and we were likely to be attacked whatever course we took. The reason it did take a long time for their release was precisely the anxiety over their true affiliations. […] But those who demanded their release should not be allowed to get away with now telling us that it is a scandal that it

James Selfe

This is a victory for the rule of law and indeed for our country's human rights-based foreign policy which Zuma and his cronies have tried so hard to depart from. Clearly Zuma and his ANC have absolutely no respect for the

Rachel Tiven

Enforcement of federal civil rights law is not a states' rights issue. Full

Mauricio Macri

I know what the Venezuelan people are suffering, I think what we have to have is a firm position, without euphemisms, saying that in Venezuela democracy and human rights are not

Jeff Sessions

There's a perception, not altogether unjustified, that the Civil Rights Division, goes beyond fair and balanced

Ali Vitali - National Broadcasting Company

Acosta served as assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division under President George W. Bush, selected by the president in August 2003. Acosta was a member of the National Labor Relations Board and also served as Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division. Most recently, he was the dean of Florida International University College of

Kristen Clarke

This egregious conduct played out under Mr. Acosta's watch and undermined the integrity of the Civil Rights Division. It is hard to believe that Mr. Acosta would now be nominated to lead a federal agency tasked with promoting lawful hiring practices and safe

Glenn McCoy - Belleville News-Democrat

My cartoon was about how, in this day and age, decades beyond the civil rights protests, it's sad that people are still being denied the right to speak freely or do their jobs or enter public buildings because others disagree with who they are or how they

Mark Feierstein

This was an overdue step to ratchet up pressure on the Venezuelan regime and signal that top officials will suffer consequences if they continue to engage in massive corruption, abuse human rights and [the dismantling of]

Bob Menéndez

We commend the administration for acting quickly and decisively as the human rights violations, political persecution and impunity in Venezuela cannot go

Kevin Brady

If Congress begins to use its powers to rummage around in the tax returns of the president, what prevents Congress from doing the same to average Americans? Privacy and civil liberties are still important rights in this country, and (the) Ways and Means Committee is not going to start to weaken

Mark Feierstein

This was an overdue step to ratchet up pressure on the Venezuelan regime and signal that top officials will suffer consequences if they continue to engage in massive corruption, abuse human rights and dismantle democracy. The sanctions in and of themselves will not bring about a democratic transition. That will require the Venezuelan opposition to remobilize its followers and U.S. diplomatic efforts to marshal governments in the region to isolate Maduro.''.feedback

Kevin Brady

So, I've read his letter and I disagree with all of it. In fact, that letter misrepresents the legislative intent of that provision which in fact, creates confidentiality and privacy for Americans in their tax returns. My belief is that if Congress begins to use its powers to rummage around in the tax returns of the president, what prevents Congress from doing the same for average Americans. Privacy and civil liberties are still important rights in this country and ways and means committee is not going to start to weaken

Aviva Raz Shechter

This resolution about the creation of a database should not have been accepted in the first place. It reflects and perpetuates the discrimination towards Israel at the U.N. in general, and at the Human Rights Council in

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

I think the wall and the demagoguery of patriotism are no match for the dignity and humanity of the American people. If the Mexican government does not put before the United Nations in the coming days a complaint about the violation of human rights, then we will do it

Juan C. Zarate

For Russia, this would be a win-win. It would signal warmer relations and some desire for greater cooperation with the new administration, but it would also no doubt stoke controversies and cases in the U.S. around the role of surveillance, the role of the U.S. intelligence community, and the future of privacy and civil liberties in an American context. All of that would perhaps be music to the ears of

Alan Milstein

I do not believe the lawsuit has merit. The argument that this was a 'private' Twitter feed makes no sense. Whether one is a journalist, athlete, politician, or any public figure, your Twitter account is part of your public persona. No one follows Mr. Hubbuch because of his private life; they follow him because he is a Post writer. The Post can fire an at will employee for any reason, even the wrong reason, as long as it does not violate some law like the cited NY Labor Law or the Civil Rights Act. I just don't think a Twitter feed is recreational under the Labor

Juan C. Zarate

For Russia, this would be a win-win. They've already extracted what they needed from Edward Snowden, in terms of information, and they've certainly used him to beat the United States over the head in terms of its surveillance and cyber activity. It would signal warmer relations and some desire for greater cooperation with the new administration, but it would also no doubt stoke controversies and cases in the U.S. around the role of surveillance, the role of the U.S. intelligence community, and the future of privacy and civil liberties in an American

Hervé Ladsous - United Nations

The security situation throughout the country cannot be compared with that of 10 years ago. But I say to all who would be tempted to take advantage of this temporary period to return to illegality, commit crimes, violations of human rights, I say no, we will not accept that. If the military component is erased ... there is still a lot of work left to do on the police, on the law ... on human rights, on the status of

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono

I ask the president, the police chief, do I not have the right to live in my own country, with the human rights that I am entitled to? I'm just asking for

Magda Adly

They are targeting the entire human rights movement; silencing any voices that reveal state abuses and choking outlets that talk about

Najia Bounaim - Amnesty International

Today's shutdown of the Nadeem Center, an organization which offers crucial support to survivors of torture and violence, is yet another shocking attack on civil society in Egypt. The move exposes the chilling extremes to which authorities are prepared to go to in their relentless and unprecedented persecution of human rights activists in recent

Coretta Scott King

Civil rights leaders, including my husband and Albert Turner, have fought long and hard to achieve free and unfettered access to the ballot box. Mr. Sessions has used the awesome power of his office to chill the free exercise of the vote by black citizens in the district he now seeks to serve as federal

Ted Malloch

We would prefer, certainly in the Trump administration, to work with countries bilaterally. It has taken positions contrary to American foreign policy in the last eight years in any number of issues, whether it's on Israel, on the Middle East, on Iran, on some human rights issues. There is a long and growing list of issues where U.S. foreign policy differs from that of the EU. All of these things, just objectively, would be good. Of course, how do you get from here to there? That's the

Stephane Dujarric - United Nations

We have repeatedly raised serious concerns about the grave violations of international human rights and international humanitarian law in Syria, including in detention centers and government-run prisons. What is important is that there needs to be accountability for all the victims in this

Arthur Hellman

The reputation is certainly deserved based on the history of the last 40 years or so. It's been more liberal, by which we mean more sympathetic to habeas petitioners, civil rights plaintiffs, anti-trust cases, immigration cases. But it's less of an outlier now than it

Ashleigh Hansberger

Both generations have a sensitivity to important social and political causes. Optimistic boomers marched for civil rights in the sixties, while millennials were at the front of the Occupy movement and at the center of the Obama campaigns. Both generations showed up for the Women's March on Washington to stand up for the same ideals, and both generations are ambitious, achievement-oriented, community-centered and opportunistic, and share a desire to make the world a better

Daniel Horodniceanu

We have an over population in prisons and this problem can be solved either by increasing the number of places or by reducing the number of inmates. The fastest way to solve this is an amnesty. We were criticised by the European Court for Human Rights who gave us the examples of other states, so we followed that example. And suddenly we are criticised for doing exactly what we were told to

Oscar Arias

It's with great incredulity that we're seeing how leaders of the biggest democracy in the world lack respect for human rights and international

Betsy DeVos

Every child deserves to attend school in a safe, supportive environment where they can learn, thrive, and grow. Opening a complaint for investigation in no way implies that the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has made a determination about the merits of the

Enda Kenny

The cabinet this morning were very fully in favour of retaining our pre-clearance and the Attorney General has confirmed that the issue in so far as the legality is concerned is a matter entirely for the United States courts. In so far as Ireland is concerned, we are in compliance with human rights legislation and in accordance with our own

Emily Thornberry

When it comes to human rights, when it comes to women's rights, when it comes to torture and the treatment of minorities, President Trump is already descending down a very dangerous

Aaron C. Morris

Immigration Equality received dozens of messages over the weekend from anxious LGBTQ and HIV-positive individuals asking if they would be allowed to return home. The Administration's reckless and haphazard attack on immigrants is a gross violation of due process and it substantially undermines our international reputation to uphold and protect basic human rights. I think any increase in the enforcement of immigration laws will invariably harm LGBTQ and other vulnerable communities more than the general

Theresa May

It marks the start of a new and deeper trading relationship with Turkey and will potentially secure British and Turkish jobs and prosperity for decades to come. This agreement underlines once again that Britain is a great, global trading nation and that we are open for business. I'm proud that the UK stood with you on July 15 last year in defense of democracy and now it is important that Turkey sustains that democracy by maintaining the rule of law and upholding its international human rights obligations as the government has undertaken to

Howard Schultz - Starbucks

We are living in an unprecedented time, one in which we are witness to the conscience of our country, and the promise of the American Dream, being called into question. I am hearing the alarm you all are sounding that the civility and human rights we have all taken for granted for so long are under attack. We will neither stand by, nor stand silent, as the uncertainty around the new Administration's actions grows with each passing

Ali Larijani

This reveals the fear of this US administration. It's afraid of its own shadow. It has also exposed their brutal racist manner hidden behind their demagogic veneer which pretends to be pro-democracy and pro-human rights. A country that enjoys powerful security doesn't make such decisions with fear and