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Jean Franco
Giving more powers to a president who is already being accused of human rights violations certainly raises anxiety for some groups. There are official statements from union leaders and rights groups expressing unease and a throwback to Marcos' martial law. The opposition in Congress has already expressed
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NEW May 25 2017
Human Rights has been commented on by 453 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, Donald J. Trump and Rodrigo Duterte. For instance, the most recent quote from Barack Obama is: “Civilization's debt to Islam. All people yearn for certain things: the ability to speak your mind and have a say in how you are governed; confidence in the rule of law and the equal administration of justice; government that is transparent and doesn't steal from the people; the freedom to live as you choose. Those are not just American ideas, they are human rights, and that is why we will support them everywhere.”.
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Vic Chiang

To legalise marriage would mean that Taiwan's civil code and constitution will say that gay people are people. If the law can be changed, Taiwan's gay community will have human

Jan Egeland - United Nations

What we focus on is the symptom of this breakdown of protection and human rights of people in their local communities. We just focus on the symptom, which is the people we see at our borders. First, conflict resolution needs to be redoubled, tripled, quadrupled. It's incredible there's not a bigger pull towards a peaceful settlement of the Yemeni conflict. We also need to get economic life to countries like Yemen and elsewhere so there's not a collapse in social structures there. Then we need investment in avoiding environmental degradation, and we need disaster risk

Barack Obama

Civilization's debt to Islam. All people yearn for certain things: the ability to speak your mind and have a say in how you are governed; confidence in the rule of law and the equal administration of justice; government that is transparent and doesn't steal from the people; the freedom to live as you choose. Those are not just American ideas, they are human rights, and that is why we will support them

Rex W. Tillerson

I think the way you address those human rights issues and women's rights issues is to improve conditions in the region. And today those conditions in the region are under a lot of stress because of the threat of terror. The threat that Iran poses to the instability in the region. And these subjects are being discussed as well. There are efforts underway to, I think, improve the rights of women – the participation of women in society and throughout the region. But you know the primary reason we are here today is to confront this threat of

Aziza al-Yousef

All the women that Ivanka Trump met have a guardian. All these achievements depend on whether you're lucky to be born in a family where your guardian will be understanding, will help you. If Ivanka is interested in women empowerment and human rights, she should see activists, and not just officials. My issue with these

Barack Obama

Even as these summits focus on security issues, it remains the case that true and lasting security also depends on governance and an economy that serves all its citizens and respects universal human

Rex W. Tillerson

And today, conditions in the region are under a lot of stress because of the threat of terrorism (and) the threat that Iran poses. ... But the primary reason we're here today is to confront this threat of terrorism. If we do not defeat Daesh, if we do not defeat these forces of evil, there will be no conditions under which we could even hope to improve the human rights for all the people of the

Cornell Brooks

It's been two years and 11 months and in that time the NAACP has been unrelenting in our challenge to this administration and other opponents of civil

Julian Assange - WikiLeaks

Today is an important victory for me and for the UN Human Rights system. But it by no means erases seven years of detention without charge in prison, under house arrest and almost five years here in this embassy without sunlight. Seven years without charge while my children grew up without me. That is not something that I can forgive. It is not something that I can forget. The inevitable inquiry into what has occurred in this moment of terrible injustice is something that I hope will be more than just about

Elliott Abrams - Council on Foreign Relations

He has changed his position on lots of matters . . . so there's no particular reason he can't say whatever he wants to say. It will be very interesting to see if human rights and democracy will be completely ignored in this

Charles W. McNeill Jr

The church has been the power for our communities. It has been the information center and where we have been taught justice. We have to watch everything. It's no longer just civil

Neelima Vanguri

Other courts will look to this decision. I'm hopeful we will be able to expand civil rights for transgender people just a

Majid Golpour

In effect by focusing on the nuclear issue, Rouhani has pulled back from several other issues, including human rights in Iran. And it must be said that it's not clear why the [European] Commission is not pursuing the issue of human rights. As soon as the negotiations between the US and Iran resumed, the Obama administration, which was aware of who has the power in Iran, conducted direct relations with the Supreme Leader of Iran. If we look at China and Russia, if they have things to do on a regional level, they directly contact the administration of the Supreme

Asad Jamal

I think it is quite a serious blow to Pakistan's standing at the U.N. as well as to its image at the international level. I think Pakistan should withdraw from its position, which is contrary to international law and human rights norms, and allow consular access and an independent lawyer to Jadhav, and hold an open and fair

Mukul Rohatgi

The stand of the Indian government has been vindicated. The Indian government stand is really based on truth and justice and respect for human

Muhammad Rabbani

I am innocent of these charges that have serious implications for journalists, lawyers and human rights

Stuart Jones

Whether it's imprisoning people arbitrarily, inflicting physical abuse and torture, or executing juvenile offenders, the Iranian regime has for decades committed egregious human rights violations against its own people and foreign nationals, and this pattern of behavior must come to an end. The U.S. and its partners will continue to apply pressure on Iran to protect the human rights and fundamental freedoms for everyone in Iran. This includes the U.S. citizens wrongfully detained or missing in Iran, and we call on Iran to immediately return them to their

Donald J. Trump

I don't know that we have a right to lecture. Just look about what's happening with our country. How are we going to lecture … you see the riots and the horror going on in our own country? When the world sees how bad the United States is and we start talking about civil liberties, I don't think we are a very good

Gastón Chillier

On human rights issues, the political and institutional actions have always come after a demand from society as a whole. Although the judiciary is relatively independent, it is clearly malleable to the agenda of the government that is in

Sezgin Tanrikulu

Turkey is under a state of emergency since (the failed coup), during which human rights have been trampled on. Human rights and democracy are not part of Trump's agenda, but we hope that he abandons this stance. A Turkey that moves away from the world is to no one's

Stephane Dujarric - United Nations

Various U.N. entities have regularly documented and reported on human rights violations in Syria, including torture in the context of

Margaret Huang - Amnesty International USA

President Trump recently praised President Erdogan for winning a referendum in which dissenting opinions were ruthlessly suppressed, yet President Trump has been silent on Turkey's alarming crackdown on the media. The world will be watching, hoping that both presidents will reaffirm their commitments to protecting human

Alistair Carmichael

Instead of spying on the entire population's web histories and undermining the encryption that, for example, allows us to bank online safely, Liberal Democrats would put money back into community policing and concentrate on intelligence-led, targeted surveillance. A Conservative landslide would give Theresa May a blank cheque to implement these draconian spying powers and Labour have shown they are incapable of opposing them. A strong Liberal Democrat opposition is crucial to challenge this government, stand up for people's civil liberties and change Britain's

Alistair Carmichael

The investigatory powers bill has laid the ground for a full frontal assault on our privacy and civil liberties. The security services need to be able to keep people safe, but these powers are straight out of an Orwellian nightmare. They have no place in an open and democratic society, will cost billions of taxpayers' money and simply will not

Julia Galyamina

This was not something abstract like civil rights, like freedom of speech. If you have an apartment and someone wants to confiscate it, that is awful. They are

Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner

Argentina has gone back 20 years in terms of human rights. This ruling would not have happened in the previous

Tim Cook - Apple

One of the things you do is give back. So how do you give back? We give back through our work in the environment, in running the company on renewable energy. We give back in job creation. When I think of civil liberties, I think of the founding principles of the country. The freedoms that are in the First Amendment. But also the fundamental right to

Tim Cook - Apple

But at the end of the day, we're going to fight the good fight not only for our customers but for the country. We're in this bizarre position where we're defending the civil liberties of the country against the government. Who would have ever thought this would happen?feedback

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

Tamara Cofman Wittes

Prioritizing near-term security cooperation over the democratic and human rights of one partner is commonplace in American foreign policy, and Trump's action here is an exaggerated example that proves the rule. This is Donald Trump! He is a deeply short-term, deeply transactional thinker when it comes to international

Emily Thornberry

Like Robin, we will put human rights back at the heart of Britain's foreign policy. From day one, we will stand up to his administration, making clear that the special relationship with America is based above all on shared values and that if Trump continues to ignore and abuse those values, we will criticise him openly, as we would do any other

Wai Wai Nu

Development can only be sustained when people are secure. My dream is for ASEAN is to become an inclusive society where all people in the region can enjoy freedom with respect to their human

Jim McGovern

We need to hold accountable those who are responsible for designing and implementing the policy in Tibet. They ought to be on a list so that the whole world knows that they are human rights

Caroline Abrahams

When councils arrange care for an older person they have a legal duty to ensure it meets their needs. They have to take into account their psychological needs, as well as how any arrangements will respect their right to family life under the Human Rights

Jimmy Carter

The president made this clear in his inaugural address – I was there – when he said that no longer would we try to force American standards on other countries. And I assumed that meant the standards of peace and human rights and freedom and justice and that sort of thing. Our standards that we've always claimed to be American standards are really the implementation of a universal declaration of human rights, plus

Christopher S. Murphy

To my colleagues, don't ever again lecture me on American moral leadership if you chose to be silent today. We are watching in real time as the American human rights bully pulpit disintegrates into

Zehava Gal-On

The result of the Jewish state bill is clear. Jews will get preference over all other citizens, clearly violating human rights, democracy and the rights of the Arab minority in

Derek Mitchell

The country wants it. It gives them a sense of confidence. But the focus on things we care about, such as values and democracy and human rights, they don't feel that with Trump. There's a cost in losing all of

Jeff Sessions

The Department of Justice agrees with the need to rebuild public confidence in law enforcement through common-sense reforms, such as de-escalation training, and we will punish any police conduct that violates civil rights. But such reforms must promote public safety and avoid harmful federal intrusion in the daily work of local

Kristen Clarke

It will be important for the Senate to carefully review his record if he indeed is the nominee because he has been on both sides of civil rights matters. His experience handling some civil rights matters does not answer key questions about his views on voting rights, policing reform and other core aspects of the division's

Marquez Claxton

The difference between the Sessions administration and prior administrations, under Obama or whoever else, is the communication of the message. There's no shame to his game about how he feels about policing and how they should be protected. It's not a smoke signal for him, he's yelled it in everyone's ear. You're brave, you're warriors.' His messaging is clear. He's looking not only to communicate that, but he's looking to undo whatever progress was made in the past. He's looking to decimate the Civil Rights

Zeev Sternhell

His centrism is nothing more than a more economically liberal right, more respectful of human rights, more polished, less

Luis Amargo

I demand that Leopoldo Lopez be granted visitation rights, as set out in the Interamerican system of human

Robert Russell

What seems most frustrating to me, is how impotent some of our best-designed institutions are when they come up against the wall of a sovereign nation that has decided not to observe those human rights that are not convenient to

Margaret Huang - Amnesty International USA

Reporters play a critical role in holding governments accountable for human rights abuses. Whether they are working in Turkey, Egypt, Mexico, the United States or anywhere else in the world, the press must be able to do their

Josh Rogin

Trump is giving up American leadership on human rights for nothing, while his senior advisers invent a

Phelim Kine - Human Rights Watch

It's absolutely appalling that President Trump's first meaningful engagement with President Duterte did not include any meaningful reference or condemnation for the fact that Duterte has inflicted nothing less than an absolute human rights calamity on his

Terry E. Branstad

There's other things they can do diplomatically and economically to send a clear signal that they, as well as the United States and other countries in the world, do not tolerate this expansion of nuclear technology and missiles. The fact that the leader of China calls us an old friend, doesn't mean that I'm going to be at all reluctant or bashful of bringing up issues ... be it human rights or intellectual property rights. China cannot be allowed to use its artificial islands to coerce its neighbours or limit freedom of navigation or

Sarah Margon - Human Rights Watch

We're looking at a president who appears to align himself with autocrats, undermine the rule of law and is taking a step back from critical multilateral institutions. He's signaling to partners, allies and even adversaries that human rights are not a key part of his foreign

John McLaughlin - Central Intelligence Agency

The problem with the invitation to Duterte is that it steps away from a longstanding American practice that elevates human rights and our foreign policy. What we're saying to others in the world is we don't care much about human rights. And the next time we try to make the case that we do they'll point to this kind of invitation as the rebuttal saying you're not really

Sean Spicer

Obviously, there's a human rights component that goes into all of this and so it's a balance. We want to make sure that our country, our people are protected ... This isn't a simple yes-or-no kind of

Carol Mersch

Having your civil liberties restored after a protracted legal battle that never should have begun in the first place is hardly a victory. It's like being happy that someone stopped finally beating

John McCain

I don't understand it. You can't praise that kind of behavior and not raise concerns around the world. It's disturbing because we are proud Republicans and we stand for human rights. The statements, and the comments, obviously fly in the face of everything that I've stood for and believed in all my

Adrienne Watson

Trump's bromance with Putin appears to be back on track. Instead of sending Putin a tough message on backing Assad's brutal regime, Trump appears to be opting for a strategy of appeasement. Just days ago, Trump once again cast doubt on whether Russia attacked our democracy. With no apparent talk of Russia's abysmal record on human rights, no clear message on Assad's future in Syria, and no condemnation of Russia's continued aggression in Ukraine, it's clear that ultimately, Putin is getting what he wants from

Ben Cardin

This is a man who has boasted publicly about killing his own citizens. The United States is unique in the world because our values - respect for human rights, respect for the rule of law - are our interests. Ignoring human rights will not advance U.S. interests in the Philippines or any place else. Just the

John Sifton

Celebrating a man who boasts of killing his own citizens and inviting him to the White House, while remaining silent on his disgusting human rights record, sends a terrifying message. By effectively endorsing Duterte's murderous 'war on drugs', Trump has made himself morally complicit in future

Angela Merkel

Many people wish to be politically active and Germany must continue to insist on the importance of human rights, particularly concerning the death

David Ballard

The political tensions are about more than who won or lost an election. People across the political spectrum have strong feelings about very personal issues that directly affect their lives, including equality, civil liberties, the role of government, social justice and economic security. Being bombarded with news updates, social media chatter, and arguments with friends and co-workers can reinforce stereotypes about Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives, perpetuating an 'us versus them' mentality and driving a wedge between

Pope Francis

I make a heartfelt appeal to the government and all components of Venezuelan society to avoid any more forms of violence, respect human rights and seek a negotiated

Siddharth Varadarajan

The international climate today is far more permissive of minority-bashing, bashing of human rights – all the nasty stuff you would expect to be called out on by the international community. The fact that Trump doesn't care, and hence the U.S. government is not going to care, it does create more room for

Doug Maw

We will see what the Bank decides. I have a meeting with my legal team and we will be examining if there is a case for breach of human rights if they carry on producing notes with tallow. Some people say this is a trivial issue, but when you are a vegan you don't choose to accept a meal in a restaurant with just a little bit of chicken. I don't have to eat chicken, I don't have to buy anything with animal products. So why do I have to use notes with animal products?feedback

Ricardo Rossello

The American citizens of Puerto Rico deserve to be treated fairly. Health and civil rights are not partisan

Steven Butler

The sweeping censorship of social media under the pretext of 'maintaining peace and order' will bring neither peace nor order. Such broad censorship clearly violates the democratic ideals and human rights India purports to

Phelim Kine - Human Rights Watch

The ratbag of dictators, autocrats and juntas that dominate ASEAN's ranks perceive transparency, accountability and rule of law as existential threats rather than foundations of good governance. Expect ASEAN leaders to yet again throw the human rights of an Asian country under the bus by remaining silent about Duterte's abusive drug war by implicitly or explicitly invoking the organization's 'non-interference'

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

Randi Weingarten - American Federation of Teachers

What the new law doesn't do is abandon the requirement for the federal government to protect the civil rights of our students, even if those rights run counter to what states and districts want to

Alexander Litreev

Using this information, human rights defenders can help this person in some way, like sending him a lawyer. When I see that people are being detained and experiencing violence at the hands of the authorities, and people can't do anything about it, I think this must be fought

Rebecca Vincent - RSF

This government, especially if it comes out of the election stronger and they are making moves against the Human Rights Act, those are really alarming markers that we will continue this downward

Maxim Eristavi

Moscow’s foes love to criticize its poor human rights record. So why aren't they speaking up about persecution of LGBT people?feedback

Shami Chakrabarti

Theresa May's attitude to human rights veers from the ambivalent to the positively hostile. Ducking and diving over Brexit is bad enough but Churchill's legacy of the European convention on human rights, and the rights it gives everyone in this country and beyond, is now more important than

Thomas Shattuck

Once again, the Trump administration fails to send an urgently needed signal on human

Georg Zachmann - Bruegel

Emmanuel Macron is not considered a Russia hawk. But he is not ignoring the challenge arising from Russia. More importantly, Macron wants to strengthen the EU, which runs against the interest of the Kremlin to weaken it. All other candidates were openly against or at least less enthusiastic about the EU. If Macron succeeds, the EU might continue to be able to defend its values on human rights and international law - even in times when the U.S. takes a more appeasing stance towards the

Pope Francis

These refugee camps - so many are concentration camps, crowded with people... because international accords seem more important than human rights. I do not know what happened to him, if he managed to get out of his concentration camp, and get to somewhere else. We live in a civilisation that is not having children, but also closes its door to migrants: This is called suicide. Let us think about the cruelty afflicting so many people, about the exploitation of those arriving on boats. Italy and Greece are providing a welcome, but then international agreements mean they cannot move

Bettina Aptheker

[In] 1964 we were coming off the persecutions of the McCarthy era, speaker bans and the Civil Rights

Hillary Clinton

Gay rights are human rights. We've heard terrifying accounts from Chechnya of gay and bisexual men being taken from their homes and families, tortured, even killed. The United States government – yes, this government – should demand an end to the persecution of innocent people. The progress that we fought for…that we celebrated and maybe even (took) for granted may not be as secure as we once expected. When this administration rescinded protections for transgender students, my heart broke. I thought of all our efforts to try to achieve an AIDS-free generation, and we were on the

Clint Cooper - Free Press

She continued its pro-civil rights stance, a stance that didn't endear her to everyone here at the

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

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

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

We are not accustomed to getting down on our knees. We are going to defend our migrants. We are going to defend our human

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

David Letterman

These guys in Pearl Jam were something more than a band. A true living cultural organism. They would recognize injustice, and they would stand up (to) it. Whether it was human rights. Whether it was environment. Whether it was poverty. They didn't let it wash over them. They would stand up and

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

David Ray

We condemn in the strongest possible terms attacks on civilians, and that has unfortunately been all too common an occurrence in the Syrian conflict and we think it's important for the international community to hold parties accountable or we will see a further decline in respect for international human rights law and human rights

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

Terry O'Neill

I think it is possible that advertisers are going to peel away from Fox and not just Bill O'Reilly. Just go back to January 21st. That was an extraordinary outpouring of support for women's rights as human rights. That drew millions and millions of people–men and women–to demonstrate. That kind of upwelling was not controlled by any one organization. Advertisers ignore that at their

Jackie Evancho

If I had the chance to sit down with (Trump), I would want to talk about how it's more of a civil rights issue and there needs to be some sort of legislation or federal law that ensures the protection and safety of my sister and other transgenders. It is a super dangerous concept to be in a restroom that you do not identify with and it's scary and I don't think anyone should have to deal with

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

Neera Tanden

It's a false choice to say we have to decide between economic issues and civil rights. They're all part of the larger problem of inequality that we should be fighting against. There's no easy answers, and we're still at the very beginning of the ideas

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

Richard Cohen

Despite Nikki Haley’s efforts to speak up for human rights, U.S. foreign policy is a mess thanks to

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

Sean Spicer

There is a concern that people misused, mishandled, misdirected classified information - leaked it out, spread it out, violated civil

Ben Jealous

It's easy to say you're the party of FDR and MLK and LBJ and talk about civil rights. If you want to build the party, you have to be equally on fire about ending poverty. That wasn't about race; that was about a campaign. If we are at our best we can beat Larry

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

Hanan Ashrawi

Forty-one years later, Israel's policies remain unchanged as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his extremist, racist coalition government continue to persist with their systematic policies of settler colonialism, apartheid and ethnic cleansing, showing a total and blatant disregard for Palestinian human rights, independence and dignity. Today's announcement once again proves that Israel is more committed to appeasing its illegal settler population than to abiding by the requirements for stability and a just

William Barber

This is a bait and switch. Any moratorium on civil rights is not a compromise, it is a contradiction with the principle of equal protection under the law and our moral values. We call on all those who stand for justice to vote no on compromise and pass a clean, full repeal of

Lu Kang

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

Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi

Ken Livingstone is being pilloried because he is a prominent figure on the left of the Labour Party who has actively defended it from attacks based on false allegations of anti-Semitism. As a Jewish person who supports Palestinian human rights, I reject the notion that criticism of Israel and Zionism is necessarily anti-Semitic. Those who allege anti-Semitism against Ken Livingstone discredit the term. His track record in public office is a clear testament to his commitment to supporting the Jewish community and fighting racism in all its forms, including

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

Chris Sgro

It doesn't matter if you are a Democrat or a Republican, if you vote for this bill, you are not a friend of the LGBT community. You are not standing on the right side of the moral arc of history or with the civil rights

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

Bob Goodlatte

Today's report by the Inspector General makes it clear that asset forfeiture is in desperate need of reform. While asset forfeiture is a useful law enforcement tool to fight crime, the current lack of oversight and training poses dangers to Americans' civil

Nils Muiznieks - Council of Europe

It's an unjust regime because it doesn't actually affect the number of abortions. If a woman has means to travel, she will do so, so that leave poorer women to fend for themselves in Ireland. Culturally, politically, socially, Ireland has changed significantly and I think that is not reflected in the current regime. The approach of the government heretofore has been quite ad-hoc. The people have waited a long time, if you're going to do it, do it right. These are quite serious human rights violations we're talking

Nils Muiznieks - Council of Europe

The government cannot wash its hands of the human rights violations that took place. It's quite uncomfortable to have this mirror in front of you but the only way to move on is to provide

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

Carrie Lam

My priority will be to heal the divide and to ease these frustrations and to unite our society to move forward. Values such as inclusiveness, freedom of the press and of speech, respect for human rights and systems which have taken generations to establish such as the independent judiciary, rule of law and clean government are matters that we Hong Kong people find precious and are proud

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

Preet Bharara

I am honored to join the NYU School of Law, one of the great educational institutions in America, and I welcome the chance to contribute in such a thoughtful setting. I am thrilled for this opportunity to continue addressing the issues I so deeply care about – criminal and social justice, honest government, national security, civil rights, and corporate accountability, to name a few. This is one way I plan to keep working hard on important issues I care about

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

Hamid Mir

I am not afraid of bullets or bombs. I thought if the judge saw him by my side he would think 'if he is with him then I won't get into trouble if I free him,'. I don't talk about human rights any more. . . You become selective in your