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Mordechai Kremnitzer
What the government is doing is not only weakening Israel internally, but also weakening Israel with its relationship with the world, with the world of democracies. The lack of understanding, or the opposite of understanding, by this government is to some extent a surprise for me. If I think of democracy in the richer concept, if we care for human rights, the rights of minorities, the rule of law, I am concerned.feedback
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Jun 28 2017
You can find on this page a variety of quotes, by one or many people, on what they said about Human Rights. 480 people are quoted and you can read 627 citations of them about Human Rights. Nikki Haley, Barack Obama, Jeff Sessions and Theresa May, are those who have spoken the most about this topic. Nikki Haley said: “This is an economic, political and humanitarian crisis that demands the world's attention. The Venezuelan government is in the midst of destroying human rights and democracy in Venezuela. It is conducting a campaign of violence and intimidation against unarmed demonstrators, businesses, civil society and freely elected political opposition. It's the reason why I am so concerned about Venezuela. Because in Venezuela, (one is) hard-pressed to see that Maduro is not following in the same steps as Assad. We have to make sure we stop it before it gets to that point.”.
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Amado Picardal

This president behaves as if he is above the law - that he is the law. He has ignored the rule of law and human rights.feedback

Renu Mandhane

In many ways, what we're seeing in Peel is the edge where human rights and hyperdiversity connect. What Peel shows is that even in places with huge racial diversity, you can have people who identify with different communities but disagree about human rights issues.feedback

Rachel Wilshaw - Oxfam Intermón

Why would a company like Sainsbury's that has been such a massive champion of Fairtrade decide to take the trusted mark off their tea products, and in the process take power and value away from small African producers who already have so little? At a time when sustainable development and human rights are going up the corporate agenda, it's hard to follow the company's reasoning.feedback

Baltasar Garzon

Britain is... violating all the norms of international law, human rights and humanitarian law. It is a scheme to justify waiting until the United States formally bring charges.feedback

Al Gore

During some of the bleakest days of the civil rights movement, Dr Martin Luther King Junior was asked by one of his fellow advocates how long is this going to take and he famously answered, not long because no lie can live for ever.feedback

Eric Esrailian

The hope is that we don't forget the past but that we also are able to shift gears and focus on the people that we can help today and actually get engaged and stimulate a sense of altruism and advocacy for those who are in danger. A lot of the same patterns and techniques used to oppress others or to violate human rights have been replicated over and over again that if we draw attention to it, we can raise the alarm and have people intervene. Everyone can do something, even if it's local or abroad. People don't have to feel like they're helpless.feedback

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

If you're going to wait for a convenient time to do the social activism, you won't get anything done because these issues have a life of their own and you have to deal with them. You can't wait until it's convenient. It was very interesting to hear [Congressman] John Lewis talk about these things. Things he went through when he was a civil rights activists being beaten up and he still come out with a positive attitude. He said unless you put your life on the line, you're not fully committed. This is worth risking your life for and you might possibly die. You have to make a commitment.feedback

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

I started paying attention to what was going on in the Civil Rights Movement when I was in grade school. Before I got out of high school, I got the opportunity to see what Jim Crow racism was all about. Black Americans who had aspirations of a better life wanted to see some change. I was one of those people.feedback

Ronald Swanson

SXSW was born in Austin. The event is steeped in the city and the city is our home. We stand behind the City and Mayor Adler, and we intend to stay and fight discriminatory legislation that hinders civil rights, while continuing to work to make our events inclusive and safe for all who attend.feedback

Erika Guevara-Rosas - Amnesty International

This new, chilling evidence confirms that Mexican journalists and human rights defenders are a target of illegal practices designed to interfere and hinder their work.feedback

Bruno Rodriguez

Cuba conceded political asylum or refuge to U.S. fighters for civil rights. These persons will not be returned to the United States.feedback

Bruno Rodriguez

They have nothing to do with human rights. When it comes to Cuba, the massive and systematic harm to human rights comes from the blockade ... and President Trump proposes to harden it.feedback

Bruno Rodriguez

There will not be a presidential directive from the U.S. that will alter the direction of Cuba. We have gone through everything, our people have gone through everything. What could they menace us with now that they haven't before and failed? It is surprising that a president who has based all his policies on things that are very distant from human rights proposes ... as a top priority the defense of human rights in Cuba.feedback

Michael McFaul

Why is Cuba the only country in the world Trump allegedly cares about human rights?feedback

Maja Kocijancic - European Commission

The global human rights agenda is best served when the E.U. speaks with one voice.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

We are motivated by the conviction that the more we engage with other nations on issues of security and prosperity, the more we will have opportunities to shape the human rights conditions in those nations. History has shown that the United States leaves a footprint of freedom wherever it goes.feedback

Nadav Weiman

Violations of human rights are not a domestic issue, they're an international issue. It's not my secret or the Palestinians' secret, it's the truth.feedback

Eduardo Guerrero

Mexican security agencies wouldn't ask for a court order, because they know they wouldn't get one. I mean, how could a judge authorize surveillance of someone dedicated to the protection of human rights? There, of course, is no basis for that intervention, but that is besides the point. No one in Mexico ever asks for permission to do so.feedback

Luis Fernando Garcia

The fact that the government is using high-tech surveillance against human rights defenders and journalists exposing corruption, instead of those responsible for those abuses, says a lot about who the government works for.feedback

Jose Zamora - Univision Communications

When it comes to things related to corruption or human rights abuses, you really are a counterpower. And that's not that you are an activist. That's what journalism is for.feedback

Jose Daniel Ferrer

When the Obama administration stopped condemning human rights violations in Cuba, the regime here said, look we can do this and nothing happens, so we can continue repressing more forcefully.feedback

Daniel Wilkinson - Human Rights Watch

The previous administration was right to reject a policy that hurt ordinary Cubans and did nothing to advance human rights. The fact that Obama's approach hasn't led to political reform in Cuba after just a few years isn't reason to return to a policy that proved a costly failure over many decades.feedback

William Floyd - Google

This is living, breathing, active thing. It's not like Mount Rushmore or a physical natural thing of beauty, it's civil rights. We thought it was really important that we could provide money and technology to capture those voices and help amplify them.feedback

Nilo Hernandez

At least he's going to get something back in return. Obama didn't get anything. And human rights? [The Castro regime] are violating every single day. Something that people don't understand: you've got to live in there in order to realize exactly what's going on there.feedback

Kyle Kirkup

On the practical side, in human rights law it makes it crystal clear that trans and gender-diverse people can seek redress if they experience discrimination.feedback

Kyle Kirkup

The Correctional Service of Canada is already looking at the policy and saying, We are vulnerable to a human rights challenge' and proactively changing policy. On the symbolic side.feedback

Robert Shibley

That was quite alarming from a double jeopardy and civil liberties perspective.feedback

Catherine E. Lhamon

If we want to have assembly-line justice, and I say 'justice' in quotes, then that's the direction that we should go. It's really a way of curtailing the way civil rights enforcement should be handled. It's literally a stick your head in the sand approach.feedback

Myron Brilliant - US Chamber of Commerce

U.S. private-sector engagement can be a positive force for the kind of change we all wish to see in Cuba. Unfortunately, today's moves actually limit the possibility for positive change on the island and risk ceding growth opportunities to other countries that, frankly, may not share America's interest in a free and democratic Cuba that respects human rights.feedback

Scott Stringer

Shareholder proposals have long been laboratories for reform. We've used them for decades to protect our investments by strengthening accountability, promoting diversity and protecting human rights. This bill undercuts investors' ability to act, and it's simply wrong.feedback

Carolyne Hill - Brixton

I believe that the council is supposed to protect its people. This council committed basic gross negligence in providing basic human rights in their fire safety. People died in their homes. The council is following legislation made by the government, the government has made cuts in every single borough. This is the result of our government, our councils not caring about their people. They've put profit over people now for far too long. This is the result.feedback

Ben Cardin

Just last month, the president's budget proposed zeroing out funding for programs that support human rights and democracy in Cuba.feedback

Aleksei Sorokin

First of all, the organizing committee, together with FIFA, was involved in monitoring the conditions for workers over the last two years. We cannot confirm the position expressed by Human Rights Watch.feedback

Eliecer Avila

It will probably not have any benefit in terms of human rights.feedback

Vladimir Putin

What is the difference then between the FBI director and Mr. Snowden? In this case, he (Comey) is not the head of a special service but a human rights activist who defends a certain position. By the way, if he is subject to any sort of persecution in connection with this, we will be ready to give him political asylum in Russia. And he should know about this. There are positive examples of cooperation…. So we can find an agreement, we can work together. Of course, we can.feedback

Brian Coy

We are pleased to put Mr. Plowman's needless, wasteful and currently moot lawsuit to rest. Nothing about the old database relates to the governor's current individualized process, which the Virginia Supreme Court has upheld, and which has successfully restored over 156,000 ex-felons' rights. The governor remains committed to restoration of civil rights and hopes that Republicans will finally accept that giving people who have served their time a voice in their society is the right thing to do.feedback

Mark Herkenrath

For a lot of Swiss banks, a big part of their business is breaking away because money from the U.S. has dried up. The temptation now is to continue taking money from developing countries. The suggestion that they are shielding their customers from abuse of their human rights is the perfect excuse to avoid transparency.feedback

Karen Jenkins-Johnson

History is repeating itself. The current tensions surrounding civil rights around the world are reminiscent of past conditions.feedback

Hwang In-cheol

This sounded like a warning to us, signaling what might happen to our family members if we spoke out against human rights abuses in the North.feedback

Marta Pardavi

The Hungarian government's public statements already stigmatise those who stand up for human rights and fundamental European values as serving foreign interests.feedback

John Dalhuisen - Amnesty International

This latest assault on civil society is aimed at silencing critical voices within the country, has ominous echoes of Russian's draconian 'foreign agents' law, and is a dark day for Hungary. This vicious and calculated assault on the rights to freedom of expression and association is a serious miscalculation and contravenes Hungary's human rights obligations. It must be challenged on all levels - from grassroots organizations in Hungary to the European Union in Brussels.feedback

Rob Portman

Otto's detainment and sentence was unnecessary and appalling, and North Korea should be universally condemned for its abhorrent behavior. Otto should have been released from the start. For North Korea to imprison Otto with no notification or consular access for more than a year is the utmost example of its complete failure to recognize fundamental human rights and dignity.feedback

Robert Menendez

So my question, Mr. Secretary, is simple. Does this administration believe that support of democracy and human rights is a reflection of American leadership and value? And a simple yes or no to that would be appreciated.feedback

Grainne Teggart

The UK government has a responsibility to deliver abortion rights for women in Northern Ireland. A failure to do so would be a cruel betrayal of women. Whilst health and justice are devolved matters, the UK government is responsible for upholding human rights. We are today calling on the next UK government to commit, particularly in the absence of functioning devolution, to prioritise bringing Northern Ireland's abortion laws in line with international human rights standards. This must include the decriminalisation of abortion.feedback

Natika Halil

FPA believes that the government must legislate for abortion law reform in Northern Ireland. The UK government is responsible for human rights across the UK, and the United Nations and UK courts have ruled on multiple occasions that Northern Ireland's restrictive law contravenes these rights. Any potential arrangement with the DUP must not prevent the UK from meeting any human rights commitments. Instead, the Conservative party must use any partnership with the DUP to discuss the impact of Northern Ireland's abortion law and bring it into the 21st century.feedback

Paul Wickham Schmidt

In years of doing these, I've had probably only a few dozen cases where somebody can point to their name in a State Department human rights report and say, That's me.feedback

Nadia Rahman - Amnesty International

Convicting and sentencing someone to death for allegedly posting blasphemous material online is a violation of international human rights law and sets a dangerous precedent. The authorities are using vague and broad laws to criminalize freedom of expression. He and all others accused of 'blasphemy' must be released immediately. Instead of holding people accountable for mob violence that has killed at least three people and injured several more in recent months, the authorities are becoming part of the problem by enforcing laws that lack safeguards and are open to abuse.feedback

Sean Spicer

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 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 or retribution.feedback

Stephen Macias

This was not the year for parades. This was the year to take to the streets and march. The march is still about celebrating our community but it's also about recognizing the climate we live in and the delicate balance around civil rights.feedback

Naomi Klein

It is more Le Pen equals David Duke [former leader of the Ku Klux Klan]. If David Duke got the percentage of the vote that Le Pen got, we would be terrified, as well we should be. The UK election really showed the power of leading with substance and ideas, rather than slick packaging and fear. The more May tried to exploit people's fear and shock – telling them they might need to give up their privacy and human rights to fight terror, that they should delegate their rights to her – the more [Corbyn's] message of hope, that positive 'yes' looked like the better option to many people.feedback

James Lynch - Insurance Information Institute

These drastic measures are already having a brutal effect, splitting children from parents and husbands from wives. People from across the region – not only from Qatar, but also from the states implementing these measures – risk losing jobs and having their education disrupted. All the states involved in this dispute must ensure their actions do not lead to human rights violations. Prosecuting anyone on this basis would be a clear violation of the right to freedom of expression. No one should be punished for peacefully expressing their views or criticizing a government decision.feedback

George Chauncey

Instead of asking to be admitted into American society and be granted civil rights, this was initially a much more radical celebration – a celebration not on the nation's birthday but on the birthday of gay liberation. The arc of the gay movement in the 1960s followed the arc of the civil rights movement, moving from a very significant demand at its time of black civil rights in the '50s and '60s to a more militant demand of black power.feedback

Ben Rhodes

Trump - friend of Putin, Sissi, Salman, Duterte, Erdogan - will cite human rights to justify hurting the Cuban people.feedback

Claire Lauterbach - Privacy International

It's hard to imagine a legitimate reason for having this kind of extensive data on people's movements, unless it's part of a broader surveillance effort. And given Egypt's human rights record, that's not a very positive sign.feedback

James Lynch - Insurance Information Institute

Political disputes between states must be handled in a manner that respects human rights. There can be no justification for tearing families apart, suppressing peaceful expression, and leaving migrant workers abandoned and at risk. Arbitrary measures should be suspended immediately.feedback

James Lynch - Insurance Information Institute

For potentially thousands of people across the Gulf, the effect of the steps imposed in the wake of this political dispute is suffering, heartbreak and fear. These drastic measures are already having a brutal effect, splitting children from parents and husbands from wives. People from across the region – not only from Qatar, but also from the states implementing these measures – risk losing jobs and having their education disrupted. All the states involved in this dispute must ensure their actions do not lead to human rights violations.feedback

Hillary Clinton

Now, I wish I had flown in from the White House, but I'm just as happy to be here anyway. You are an inspiring group. You come from 94 countries, speak 44 languages – you embody what makes New York and America great already. I'm certainly glad he wasn't banned from America. We all – not just our nation's leaders, but all of us – must recommit ourselves to the urgent work of protecting the safety and civil rights of all our people. But even that pales in comparison to what Myrlie went through, and frankly what a lot of people go through every day.feedback

Mary Frances Berry

People in the civil rights movement are still annoyed with Bill for some of the comments Bill made baout the responsibiity of the community as opposed to enforcement. I happen to disagree about that, too, but for me, it's beside the point.feedback

Sonia Ossorio

New York is poised to lead the nation in recognizing child marriage as a human rights violation. Governor Cuomo has been very clear that child marriage is a scourge on our New York values. It's not a surprise that he will be signing into law the strongest protections against child marriage in the country.feedback

Hilary Jeune - Oxfam Intermón

We really saw that the EU's self-interest and need to enact its foreign policy outweighed its solidarity, by using development aid to secure borders, to make deals with countries with a history of human rights abuses.feedback

Keir Starmer

The "problem is people just coming onto the radar, then the question of how they are risk-assessed and what resource we're putting in to deal with them. The Prime Minister, because she was facing searing questions about that yesterday, about resources, she's now brought up the Human Rights Act as if that stands in the way of the current problem. The questions we need to ask ourselves are has the withdrawal of many thousands of police officers had an impact on the amount of intelligence that's coming on the radar?feedback

Ethan Edwards

I have a strong civil liberties streak and feel such things should be legal in the absence of very strong evidence they cause harm.feedback

Thomas P. Lewis

I was going to vote Labour and I'm still going to vote Labour. I think that the idea of the Tories being strong on security is a bit of a red herring because they are unwilling to pay for more police. Fundamentally that's what you need for security. Cutting human rights doesn't necessarily increase security – it can very often decrease security.feedback

Danny Danon - United Nations

It comes as no surprise that he chose to spread lies about Israel before he even mentioned the massacres in Syria. The Commissioner has forgotten that it is his job to care for human rights throughout the world, not to incite against Israel.feedback

Vladimir Putin

Our first contact with Mr Snowden was in China. We were told back then that this was a person who wanted to fight against violations of human rights.feedback

Keir Starmer

There is nothing in the Human Rights Act that gets in the way of effectively tackling terrorism. I can say that with this authority. I was director of public prosecutions for five years. I've worked very closely with the security and intelligence services and we've prosecuted very, very serious criminals and the Human Rights Act did not get in the way of what we were doing.feedback

Rosa DeLauro

This administration is looking at civil rights broadly and undercutting these offices and dismantling anti-bias offices. You got a whole lot of efforts being made well under the radar.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

We have to protect our basic freedoms, our basic democracy and our human rights. We are signed up to the European convention on human rights. Our Human Rights Act protects our rights.feedback

Keir Starmer

There is no incompatibility between protecting human rights and taking effective action against terrorists. If we start throwing away our adherence to human rights in response to what has happened in the last three months, we are throwing away the values at the heart of the democracy, everything that we say we believe in. I know because I did it for five years. We did not run into the Human Rights Act as a problem preventing successful prosecutions. We put a lot of people away for a very long time.feedback

Shami Chakrabarti

We can provide any new powers that are truly necessary and proportionate within the human rights framework and within the rule of law.feedback

Nikki Haley

This is an economic, political and humanitarian crisis that demands the world's attention. The Venezuelan government is in the midst of destroying human rights and democracy in Venezuela. It is conducting a campaign of violence and intimidation against unarmed demonstrators, businesses, civil society and freely elected political opposition. It's the reason why I am so concerned about Venezuela. Because in Venezuela, (one is) hard-pressed to see that Maduro is not following in the same steps as Assad. We have to make sure we stop it before it gets to that point.feedback

Nikki Haley

In case after case, it has been a forum for politics, hypocrisy and evasion, not the forum for conscience that its founders envisioned. If it fails to change, then we must pursue the advancement of human rights outside the council. America does not seek to leave the Human Rights Council; we seek to re-establish the council's legitimacy. The United States will not sit quietly while this body, supposedly dedicated to human rights, continues to damage the cause for human rights.feedback

Nikki Haley

After the tragic deaths of Michael Sharp and Zaida Catalan, they and their families deserve justice. We owe it to their legacy to end the human rights abuses being carried out by armed groups and the DRC government against the Congolese people.feedback

Nikki Haley

The United States is looking very carefully at this council and our participation in it. We see some areas for significant strengthening. Being a member of this council is a privilege, and no country who is a human rights violator should be allowed a seat at the table. When the council passes more than 70 resolutions against Israel, a country with a strong human rights record, and just seven resolutions against Iran, a country with an abysmal human rights record, you know something is seriously wrong.feedback

Nikki Haley

The United States is looking carefully at this Council and our participation in it. We see some areas for significant strengthening. This relentless, pathological campaign against a country that actually has a strong human rights record makes a mockery not of Israel, but of the Council itself. If Venezuela cannot, it should voluntarily step down from its seat on the Human Rights Council until it can get its own house in order. Being a member of this council is a privilege, and no country who is a human rights violator should be allowed a seat at the table.feedback

Jamil Dakwar

It's hard to take Ambassador Haley seriously on U.S. support for human rights in light of Trump administration actions like the Muslim ban and immigration crackdowns. The United States must get its own house in order and make human rights at home a priority – then, it can begin to credibly demand the same of other countries abroad.feedback

Janelle Monae

L.G.B.T.Q. rights are human rights; immigrant rights are human rights; minority rights are human rights.feedback

Ben Jealous

Our party is the party of FDR, JFK, MLK, RFK and LBJ. When you're that party, of course you have to stand up for civil rights. But if we're honest, each of those folks were as committed, if not more so, to ending poverty and expanding opportunity. Dr. King died planing the Poor Peoples' campaign. FDR's greatest legacy is what he did to lift us out of the Great Depression.feedback

Theresa May

We must come together, we must pull together, and united we will take on and defeat our enemies. First, while the recent attacks are not connected by common networks, they are connected in one important sense. They are bound together by the single evil ideology of Islamist extremism that preaches hatred, sows division and promotes sectarianism. It is an ideology that claims our Western values of freedom, democracy and human rights are incompatible with the religion of Islam. It is an ideology that is a perversion of Islam and a perversion of the truth. Thoughts were with the families affected.feedback

Iain Duncan Smith

If we want to protect people's human rights the first thing we have to do is therefore make sure those who would take them away from them violently they need to be dealt with and that requires those companies hugely to step up.feedback

Nikki Haley

The council must end its practice of wrongly singling out Israel for criticism. When the council passes more than 70 resolutions against Israel, a country with a strong human rights record, and just seven resolutions against Iran, a country with an abysmal human rights record, you know something is seriously wrong. Next week, I will travel to Geneva to address the Human Rights Council about the United States' concerns. I will outline changes that must be made.feedback

Stephen G. Breyer

The values you are talking about are very widespread across the world. Interest in democracy, human rights and so forth and rule of law.feedback

Neil Gorsuch

That is a heritage that is very, very special. It's a remarkable gift. Travel elsewhere. See how judges live. See whether they feel free to express themselves. I think there is a lot of skepticism about the rule of law, but I see it day in and day out in the trenches – the adversarial process of lawyers coming to court and shaking hands before and after, the judges shaking hands as we do, before we ascend to the bench. That's how we resolve our differences in this society. Our constitution was aimed at preserving, not preventing, certain civil liberties.feedback

Michael Short

As the President has said, the current Cuba policy is a bad deal. It does not do enough to support human rights in Cuba. We anticipate an announcement in the coming weeks.feedback

Alice Wong

But tech is really slow to catch up with regard to human rights issues. The new platforms amplify the way people already do things. That's how people get left out of opportunities, especially people who are already marginalized.feedback

Jonathon Porritt

It's so important that M&S, one of the world's most trusted and well-loved companies, keeps raising the bar on what it means to be a sustainable retailer. On all the big challenges – supply chain, climate, food waste, living wage, human rights, packaging, community investment and so on – the pressure is intensifying and expectations rising. It's great to see M&S leading the way here.feedback

Hillary Clinton

We didn't trust government, authority figures, or really anyone over 30. In large part thanks to years of heavy casualties and dishonest official statements about Vietnam, and deep differences over civil rights and poverty here at home. We were asking urgent questions about whether women, people of color, religious minorities, immigrants, would ever be treated with dignity and respect.feedback

Ben Rhodes

Given their complete lack of concern for human rights around the world, it would be a tragic irony if the Trump administration uses that to justify policies that harm the Cuban people and restrict the freedom of Americans to travel and do business where they please. It's clear that the Cuban and American people want to move forward, and nothing can change that reality.feedback

Devin Nunes

The big story is the 'unmasking and surveillance' of people that took place during the Obama Administration. Seeing a lot of fake news from media elites and others who have no interest in violations of Americans' civil liberties via unmaskings.feedback

Mary K. Waters

The United States government is prepared to license the export of these items having taken into account political, military, economic, human rights and arms control considerations.feedback

William Nee - Amnesty International

Activists exposing potential human rights abuses deserve protection, not persecution. The trio appear to be the latest to fall foul of the Chinese authorities' aggressive campaign against human rights activists who have any ties to overseas organizations, using the pretense of 'national security.feedback

Nicholas Bequelin - Human Rights Watch

The eagerness of members of the [Trump] family to do business in China while airbrushing very troubling human rights and labor rights records of the country is troubling.feedback

Nikki Haley

I think 'America First' is human rights and 'America First' is humanitarian issues. It's what we've always been known for. For me to make America first, I have to fight for the political solution, have to fight for human rights and I have to fight for humanitarian issues, because I'm surrounded by it every day. Everything I've done leading up to this point has always been about diplomacy. It's been about trying to lift up everyone, getting them to work together for the greater good, and that's what I'm going to attempt to do going forward.feedback

Ben Jealous

We have fought and won against the odds before. We have the opportunity to move forward on the economy and on education as quickly as we moved forward on civil rights a few years ago.feedback

Chelsea Clinton

Duterte is a murderous thug with no regard for human rights. It's important to keep pointing that out and that rape is never a joke.feedback

Nicholas Bequelin - Human Rights Watch

The eagerness of members of the family to do business in China while airbrushing very troubling human rights and labor rights records of the country is troubling. To what extent business is trumping any kind of consideration of the diplomatic capital of the U.S. in promoting human rights, labor rights and democracy.feedback

James Blake

I think in our country, in the States, there's good reason why our two biggest naming honors are for people who fought for equality, fought for civil rights: Arthur Ashe Stadium and the Billie Jean King Tennis Center. Both of them were fighting for equality and got courts named after them.feedback

William Nee - Amnesty International

Activists exposing potential human rights abuses deserve protection, not persecution from the authorities.feedback

Adrienne Watson

For years, Ivanka Trump has ignored public reports of awful labor conditions at a factory that makes her shoes. Now, she must decide whether she can ignore the Chinese government's apparent attempt to silence an investigation into those worker abuses. Ivanka's brand should immediately cease its work with this supplier, and the Trump administration should reverse its current course and confront China on its human rights abuses.feedback

Eduardo Lugo

We express our moral outrage about the the rapacity of this transaction between Goldman Sachs and the Central Bank of Venezuela through obscure intermediaries. It has given oxygen to the Maduro regime. It has given support to repression and systematic violations of human rights.feedback

Imdadun Rahmat

Habib Rizieq is now aware that protection of human rights is needed for the good of everyone and to defend everyone. Even those who are extremely Islamic are holding onto the idea of human rights.feedback

Megan Jones

Whether they're 18 years old and we're talking about civil liberties and national security, or we're talking about heroism and courage from first responders giving back with small children, the idea is to help them see that this isn't an isolated moment in time, and to try to help them understand how they fit into it.feedback

Megan Jones

How do you explain what happened to a 6-year-old? We're trying to help them understand where they fit into this narrative, so we look at current events today and work backward. So we say, How did 9/11 affect this world that we're living in?' We'll look at ISIS using social media in recruiting, and at the balance between civil liberties and national security. This history is yours now.feedback

Julio Borges

Goldman Sachs' financial lifeline to the regime will serve to strengthen the brutal repression un-leashed against the hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans peacefully protesting for political change in the country. Given the unconstitutional nature of Nicolas Maduro's administration, its unwillingness to hold democratic elections and its systematic violation of human rights, I am dismayed that Goldman Sachs decided to enter this transaction.feedback

Vanita Gupta

They can call it a course correction, but there's little question that it's a rollback of civil rights across the board.feedback

Elizabeth Hill

Each civil rights complaint received by OCR is given due care and attention, with OCR serving as a fair and impartial investigative office.feedback

Kelly Love

The Trump administration has an unwavering commitment to the civil rights of all Americans.feedback

Mohammed Zaree

This is a complete disaster. They have taken away everything. It's over. It's not just human rights organizations – they are also going after charities and any organized group they do not already control.feedback

Paul Nuttall

I wouldn't take anything off the table in the future because ... unless we get a grip on this what happened in Manchester the other night, which is part of my constituency[as an MEP], could become commonplace. And that's the last thing we want to see. I would put the lives of British families over the human rights of any jihadi any day. The fact is we're the only ones who are coming up with an agenda to try and improve integration in this country. I think he's got his terminology wrong.feedback

Etta Rosales

He appears to exhibit the mind-set of a criminal, a woman hater, a person who thrills and derives dark pleasure from attacking treasured norms and values of families and societies. Thus he has no tolerance for human rights, which stand in the way of authoritarianism.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

I want to work within Nato to achieve stability. I want to work within Nato to promote a human rights democracy and under a Labour government that's exactly what we'd be doing.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

I didn't support the IRA. I don't support the IRA. What I want everywhere is a peace process. What I want everywhere is decency and human rights. I never met the IRA. I obviously did meet people from Sinn Fein, as indeed I met people from other organisations, and I always made the point that there had to be a dialogue and a peace process. What I want is to learn the lessons from Northern Ireland and also to make sure during the Brexit negotiations we don't return to or receive any kind of hard border between the North and the Republic.feedback

Hillary Clinton

We didn't trust government, authority figures, or really anyone over 30. In large part thanks to years of heavy casualties and dishonest official statements about Vietnam, and deep differences over civil rights and poverty here at home. We were asking urgent questions about whether women, people of color, religious minorities, immigrants, would ever be treated with dignity and respect. Today has some important differences.feedback

Dennis W. Shedd

Today's decision may be celebrated by some as a victory for individual civil rights and justice, and by others as a political defeat for this President. Yet, it is shortsighted to ignore the larger ramifications of this decision. Regrettably, at the end of the day, the real losers in this case are the millions of individual Americans whose security is threatened on a daily basis by those who seek to do us harm.feedback

Howard Simon - American Civil Liberties Union

Asking for immigration status to a person after being hit by a car offends human rights sensitivity and is very counterproductive for effective law enforcement.feedback

Jeff Sessions

I deeply understand the history of civil rights and the horrendous impact that relentless and systemic discrimination and the denial of voting rights has had on our African-American brothers and sisters. I have witnessed it. I understand the demands for justice and fairness made by the L.G.B.T. community. I understand the lifelong scars born by women who are victims of assault and abuse.feedback

Kristen Clarke

This is especially troubling as communities continue to be hit hard by issues such as voter suppression, hate crimes, police shootings of unarmed civilians and other problems that call for a strong and robust civil rights enforcement agenda.feedback

Teddy Casino

We are gravely concerned that the declaration of martial law in Mindanao might lead to more extrajudicial killings and other cases of human rights violations.feedback

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 this.feedback

Rand Paul

Given Saudi Arabia's past support of terror, poor human rights record, and questionable tactics in its war in Yemen, Congress must carefully consider and thoroughly debate if selling them billions of dollars of arms is in our best national security interest at this time.feedback

Donald Tusk - European Council

Fundamental western values of freedom, human rights untie US and EU. We discussed foreign policy, security, climate and trade relations. My feeling is that we agreed on many areas, first and foremost on counter-terrorism.feedback

Stephane Dujarric - United Nations

The figures presented would simply make it impossible for the UN to continue all of its essential work advancing peace, development, human rights and humanitarian assistance. The Secretary-General is totally committed to reforming the United Nations. We stand ready to discuss with the United States and any other member state how best we can create a more cost-effective organization to pursue our shared goals and values.feedback

Elizabeth Gooding

I am speaking out for women who have been shamed, degraded, harassed, or otherwise prevented from nurturing their children by breastfeeding. Following the extremely upsetting incidents of breastfeeding discrimination at the YMCA, I made a choice that I would take a stand in hopes of enacting effective change in support of one of our most natural civil rights. I encourage women who face breastfeeding discrimination not to be silenced but to raise your voice.feedback

Amber Rudd

If anybody is, you know, feeling panicked about the timing of this, I would just urge them to be calm and united. I have colleagues who are great civil libertarians and human rights folk and privy counsellors and I think that is it is possible to take this forward in a bipartisan way.feedback

Abdul Gani Isa

Lessons carried out with our syariah law are conducted in a very thoughtful way, are educational and do not violate human rights.feedback

Nikki Haley

All options are on the table… that means we have made it very clear that we don't want to start a fight, so don't give us a reason to have one. The thought of placing cyanide in the hands of the North Koreans, considering their record on human rights, political prisoners, and assassinations is not only dangerous but defies common sense. We urge all UN agencies to be transparent and apply the utmost scrutiny when dealing with these types of requests from North Korea and other rogue nations.feedback

Eric Ferrero - Planned Parenthood

This deal has President Trump throwing gasoline on a house fire and locking the door on his way out. There is damning evidence that war crimes have been committed by the Saudi-led coalition and continuing to arm Saudi Arabia fuels serious human rights violations that are causing overwhelming civilian suffering in Yemen.feedback

María Rúnarsdóttir

It's a core value of social work to aspire to a sustainable society in which everyone has a share of opportunities to participate as an active citizen. How do we promote sustainable communities? How do we ensure human rights for groups of people that are on the fringes of those communities? We have done well in dealing with the economic crisis. But public services have needed to prioritise how they spent their money and we have had to fight for people on the lowest incomes. And perhaps that has meant a shift away from work around prevention.feedback

Anthony Cordesman

The president gave the right speech in the right place at the right time. Issues like human rights and Yemen. Read more.feedback

Andrea Prasow - Human Rights Watch

His approach, so far, to the trip has solidified this administration's approach to human rights and foreign policy. The failure to mention any human rights issues and the statement about not imposing our values is just proof that the Trump administration's policy is to not bring it up in public and who knows if they bring it up in private.feedback

Radley Balko

Here’s the latest roundup of the Trump administration’s record on issues related to civil liberties and the criminal justice system. As usual, if you can think of anything I’ve missed, please feel free to leave links in the comments section.feedback

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 rights.feedback

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 reduction.feedback

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 everywhere.feedback

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 terrorism.feedback

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 events.feedback

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 rights.feedback

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 region.feedback

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 rights.feedback

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 me.feedback

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 speech.feedback

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 rights.feedback

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 little.feedback

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 Leader.feedback

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 trial.feedback

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 rights.feedback

Muhammad Rabbani

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

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 families.feedback

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 power.feedback

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 interest.feedback

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 detention.feedback

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 rights.feedback

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 future.feedback

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 work.feedback

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 afraid.feedback

Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner

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

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 privacy.feedback

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

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 relationships.feedback

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 leader.feedback

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 rights.feedback

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 abusers.feedback

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 Act.feedback

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 peace.feedback

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 ash.feedback

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 Israel.feedback

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 that.feedback

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 police.feedback

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 work.feedback

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 Division.feedback

Zeev Sternhell

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

Luis Amargo

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

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 them.feedback

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 job.feedback

Josh Rogin

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