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The death penalty breaches some fundamental human rights including the right to life as enshrined in section 48 of the Constitution and freedom from torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment.feedback
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NEW Oct 18 2017
You can find on this page a variety of quotes, by one or many people, on what they said about Human Rights. 565 people are quoted and you can read 714 citations of them about Human Rights. Tim Cook, Jeremy Corbyn, Rex W. Tillerson and Nikki Haley, are those who have spoken the most about this topic. Tim Cook said: “I disagree with the president and others who believe that there is a moral equivalence between white supremacists and Nazis, and those who oppose them by standing up for human rights. Equating the two runs counter to our ideals as Americans.”.
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Ben Joseph Banta

We understand the human rights groups and we're very much open to make changes in the game in order to remove the stigma that the game is promoting violence.feedback

Peter King - Homeland Security

The endgame? My gut feeling is the league will start by offering to devote a week or weeks – the way the NFL does with cancer causes ('Crucial Catch') or the military ('Salute to Service') – to fund and partner with players to highlight and sponsor work on civil rights causes in NFL communities.feedback

Owen Jones

Though the Catalans cannot say they are a colonised people, at stake is the basic democratic principle of national self-determination. It is difficult to dissent from the summary delivered by Barcelona’s deputy mayor, Gerardo Pisarello, of Catalonia’s political plight: “There are those who walk with a lighter in the middle of a petrol station full of fuel.” At stake is a basic democratic principle: the right to national self-determination – “the right to decide”, as the Catalan slogan has it. You do not have to support Catalan independence to support this principle – just as accepting the right to divorce does not mean endorsing a couple’s separation. Imagine one partner in a marriage expressing doubts about whether the relationship is working, and the other vetoing not only a divorce, but any discussion of such an outcome. It would not only be an affront: it would simply fuel the desire for a separation on the part of the spouse. This has been the net consequence of the Spanish government’s pigheadedness, its ruinous economic policies, its refusal to negotiate – and its brutal clampdown on civil liberties in Catalonia.feedback

Karen Bradley

It's quite clear that that there has been unacceptable behaviour and it should be the case that what goes on on your computer screen should be no different from the way someone would behave to you if they met you in the street. We need to be careful here that what we do is not a sledgehammer to crack a nut piece of legislation where we say under UK common law these platforms are now publishers, which could impact on freedom of speech, civil liberties and the ability of people to enjoy the benefits that the internet brings. But we have to do this in a way that doesn't allow harm.feedback

Heidi Allen

The Equality and Human Rights Commission said Labour needs to establish it is not a racist party and the Labour leader of Brighton council threatened to ban Labour conferences because of freely expressed antisemitism. And that was all before the shadow chancellor admitted a Labour government would bring a run on the pound, and ordinary working people would pay the price.feedback

Roz Helderman - the Post

A newly disclosed email sent on the morning of a Trump Tower meeting held during last year's presidential campaign between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer raises new questions about how the key session came together. The note was written by the Russian lawyer and sent to a music promoter who had helped arrange the session. It could offer evidence backing up the Russian lawyer's claims that she was meeting with Trump Jr. solely to discuss a 2012 law despised by the Kremlin that imposed financial sanctions on wealthy Russians as punishment for human rights abuses.feedback

Alexis Tsipras

Staying in Europe does not mean only applying austerity measures. As the opposition, you choose Europe for its austerity, but on human rights you choose to be anachronistic, you choose to be very conservative. In both cases, you make the worst choice.feedback

Apostolos Staikos - Euronews

In the past, politicians have failed to agree on major, complex issues, like the economy. But even on human rights, the political system is deeply divided. In addition, the absolute denial of the church appears to affect some political parties.feedback

Brian Dooley

The United States government needs to increase its pressure on its military allies in Egypt to allow Zaree and other human rights defenders to work without harassment or fear of imprisonment.feedback

Mohammed Zaree

I think this is a message to the Egyptian authorities that the world is watching and it is concerned about the situation of human rights defenders in Egypt. They are leaving a wide space for Islamic terrorism and fundamentalists. Our fates as citizens are also deeply connected. Your freedom and rights depend on also defending the freedom and rights of Egyptians.feedback

Risa Hontiveros

The writing on the wall is simple and clear: President Duterte cannot govern based on fear, lies and killings. He cannot govern outside the rule of law and with total disregard for human rights and expect no consequences. He cannot brag about cleaning the government of corruption when he himself cannot substantially and convincingly satisfy the public's demand for an explanation of his undeclared bank accounts.feedback

Günter Burkhardt

Human rights know no upper limit, no one should be sent back to a situation where they are threatened with torture or inhumane treatment.feedback

Rand Paul

The health care debate is not over. Conservatives are still fighting for free-market reforms to the health care system. I am excited to be working with President Trump on this initiative. Association plans would let plumbers, carpenters, welders or any type of small business band together to get group health insurance. Literally any group -- your church, the National Rifle Association, the American Civil Liberties Union -- any group of people who choose to do so could offer cheaper, better health insurance.feedback

Sarah Leah Whitson - Human Rights Watch

Whether they were waving a rainbow flag, chatting on a dating app, or minding their own business in the streets, all these debauchery arrest victims should be immediately released. The Egyptian government, by rounding people up based on their presumed sexual orientation, is showing flagrant disregard for their rights. Egypt should stop dedicating state resources to hunting people down for what they allegedly do in their bedrooms, or for expressing themselves at a rock concert, and should instead focus energy on improving its dire human rights record.feedback

Andreas Harsono - Human Rights Watch

This is part of the ongoing anti-LGBT campaign in Indonesia that has been going on since January last year. Human Rights Watch demands police release them and not make up charges against them.feedback

Heather Chan

Throughout the past three decades, this path to equality and human rights is paved with the youth, sweat and blood of countless pioneers and predecessors as they have fought, resisted, communicated with conservative mainstream values and pushed for legislation.feedback

Asle Sveen

I think the committee has thought about the human rights situation in Iran. It would have been difficult to explain the prize even though it has a favourable view of the Iran deal.feedback

James Esseks

It's striking to see the Justice Department argue again and again to take civil rights protections away from people. When else have they reached out affirmatively, not because they are involved in a case, to say, We think the world is a better place if civil rights laws don't cover this community?feedback

Sharon McGowan

Jeff Sessions's D.O.J. has made it its mission to oppose, rather than enforce, civil rights law. But no matter how many memos he issues, the law is on our side. And so are the courts increasingly.feedback

Andrew Garfield

I'm very, very happy and I wish I could go and bang a drum. They are protesting for a living wage. They are protesting for basic human rights. They are protesting for full and rich lives, and they're not getting paid enough to create that for themselves.feedback

Phil Robertson - Human Rights Watch

It's not been human rights up front, it's been human rights down in back. The UN is going to have to acknowledge their significant share of blame in letting this situation descend this far, this fast.feedback

Irene Montero

I would have hoped that he would have defended civil rights and the need for dialogue.feedback

Hank Willis Thomas

I can't ignore that there were very many other people active in civil rights, but Jackie Robinson not only integrated baseball but was also part of a World Series team here in Brooklyn. It changed the world, right?feedback

Geoff Thale

The United States is using the confusion and uncertainty surrounding these events as justification to take a big step backwards in US-Cuban relations. This doesn't serve our national interests, or our diplomacy, and it most certainly doesn't do anything to help advance human rights or a more open political climate in Cuba.feedback

Margaret Huang - Amnesty International USA

The US government must uphold its obligations under international law and address gun violence as the human rights crisis that it is.feedback

Marilyn Minter

In the '60s, it really was men running the show – even in terms of protest – and I was big into civil rights, so I was along for the ride. Today, I'm generating the ride. I'm becoming an engine.feedback

Lisa Nandy

The only way for us to heal society’s fractures is to renew our commitment to human rights, and reimagine the role of the state. The political earthquakes of recent years can be summed up by the Brexiters’ rallying cry: “Take back control.” Across the world, rising insecurity, a lack of agency over the things that matter in our lives and a growing minority whose concerns and priorities are not heard or acted upon has created unprecedented political anger.feedback

Miroslav Djordjevic

I'm afraid what will happen five to 10 years later with this person. It is more than about surgery; it's an issue of human rights. I could not accept them as a patient because I'd be afraid what would happen to their brain and mind. Ethically, we have to help any person over the world starting from three to four years of age, but in the best possible way. If you change general health with any drug, I'm not a supporter of that theory.feedback

Vicky Dinges - Allstate Insurance

Serena's purple purse will bring awareness to domestic violence and financial abuse, and help raise funds for nonprofits across the country. One in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime – it could happen to your best friend, sister, neighbor or co-worker. This is a human rights issue, not just a women's rights issue.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

There seems to be a deeply disturbing pattern to the violence and the ensuing large movements of an ethnic group from their homes. It's imperative that UN agencies and our non-governmental partners be granted immediate and safe access to all affected communities. The situation has spiralled into the world's fastest developing refugee emergency and a humanitarian and human rights nightmare.feedback

Abdulaziz Alwasil

The combination of international and national mechanisms is an excellent result for the promotion and protection of human rights.feedback

Ibrahim Hopper

It was likely not intentional, but the fact that he equated us with an anti-Muslim group which promotes bigotry is inappropriate because we promote civil rights and understanding.feedback

U Thaung

I can assure you that the leaders of Myanmar, who have been struggling so long for freedom and human rights, will never espouse policy of genocide or ethnic cleansing and that the government will do everything to prevent it.feedback

Simone Peter

Our political compass is refugee protection and human rights, so recognised refugees should be able to catch up with their families.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

It threatened war and talked of tearing up international agreements. Devoid of concern for human rights or universal values, it was not the speech of a world leader.feedback

Boris Dittrich

In about 73 countries in the world, it is still a crime to love someone of the same gender. When [world leaders] take the floor, and they say LGBTI rights are human rights, and we have to treat people equally, that sends important and symbolic message at to the rest of the world.feedback

Colm O'Gorman - Amnesty International

The government's commitment to hold a referendum is welcome, but it must also put forward a proposal for constitutional change which fully respects and protects the human rights of women and girls in Ireland. Women and girls must also have access to abortion in later pregnancy, as required under international human rights law.feedback

Cooper Hefner

My father lived an exceptional and impactful life as a media and cultural pioneer and a leading voice behind some of the most significant social and cultural movements of our time in advocating free speech, civil rights and sexual freedom. He defined a lifestyle and ethos that lie at the heart of the Playboy brand, one of the most recognizable and enduring in history. He will be greatly missed by many, including his wife Crystal, my sister Christie and my brothers David and Marston, and all of us at Playboy Enterprises.feedback

Geir Lundestad

This has happened many times before that laureates have been criticized. Aung Sang Suu Kyi was a very important spokeswoman for human rights in Burma and much of Asia. You cannot take that away from her.feedback

Betsy DeVos

The office for civil rights, under the previous administration, really became an adversary to colleges and universities. In fact I had several college administrators tell me they were terrified to even contact the department for fear it would launch an investigation. That is not going to be the case any longer. We want to be a partner with schools to help them hold up their duty and their end of the deal, which is to protect students and ensure they have a safe environment.feedback

Ai Weiwei

When an art institution cannot exercise its right for freedom of speech, that is tragic for a modern society. Pressuring museums to pull down artwork shows a narrow understanding about not only animal rights but also human rights.feedback

Stephen Colbert

Great solidarity for our national anthem and for our country. Standing with locked arms is good, kneeling is not acceptable. Bad ratings! Wrong: kneeling during the national anthem has everything to do with race, just like your presidency. Those players are protesting racial injustice. They're not protesting the American flag. Saying that kneeling is a protest against the flag is like saying Gandhi's hunger strikes were a protest against snacking. You do realize the civil rights activists weren't sitting at the lunch counter for better grilled cheese.feedback

Taylor Kitsch

I was like 99-plus percent of the people who are going to start watching this [and don't know the whole story], in the sense of we only knew or know what we were told and what they want you to know. The deeper I got into this, the more it unfolded of what exactly happened from the civil rights to the $50 warrant that they had, to the lack of jurisdiction – there are literally jaw-dropping things that happened that the FBI and ATF did during that 51-day siege, it's genuinely hard to believe that this happened only 25 years ago.feedback

Fiona Frazer

The frequency and severity of these human rights violations, together with the lack of accountability, has created an atmosphere of impunity which encourages the further perpetuation of such violations. Dissent and criticism are not tolerated by the Russian Federation authorities in Crimea.feedback

Josh Rogin

Foreign policy and human rights considerations might be casualties if the Commerce Department takes over licensing of small-arms exports.feedback

Steve Kerr

The last time athletes have been this outspoken was with Muhammad Ali and Bill Russell. That's the last time probably we've seen this kind of division in the country and with civil rights issues. Now all of a sudden, our country is in a really weird place, and everything is blending together.feedback

Kelly Behre

When Obama (and Biden) became the symbols of politicians who wanted to take action to combat campus sexual assault, the issue was dragged into the anti-Obama narrative. For example, in her speech this month, DeVos claimed Obama had 'weaponized' the Office for Civil Rights.feedback

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi

Pakistan demands an international investigation into India's crimes in occupied Kashmir. We ask that the United Nations Secretary-General and the High Commissioner for Human Rights send an inquiry Commission to occupied Kashmir to verify the nature and extent of India's human rights violations, secure the punishment of those responsible and provide justice and relief to the victims.feedback

Justin Trudeau

The worldwide community may have thought that this was a great speech. We know that the world expects Canada to strictly adhere to global human rights standards. There are today children living on reserve in Canada who can not safely drink, or bathe in, or even play in the water that comes out of their taps.feedback

Aaron Rubin

You can see them turning a blind eye. This never would have happened but for the institutional failure of Rikers Island to protect my client and those concerns remain unaddressed by the indictment. So now we have to conduct a civil rights investigation to get to the bottom of this.feedback

Carles Puigdemont

The aggressive tactics of Mariano Rajoy’s government has caused this crisis. All Catalan citizens want is to peacefully exercise our democratic right. Democracy has been under a lot of pressure in Catalonia for the past few weeks. European values, civil rights, freedom of speech, freedom of information and freedom of assembly are being violated by Spain’s central government, which has sent the police to search newspapers, printing companies and private mail services; ban political meetings; seize referendum material; and threaten to imprison democratically elected politicians.feedback

Aung San Suu Kyi

Human rights violations and all other acts that impair stability and harmony and undermine the rule of law will be addressed in accordance with strict laws and justice. There have been no armed clashes and there have been no clearance operations. Nevertheless we are concerned to hear that numbers of Muslims are fleeing across the border to Bangladesh. We want to understand why this exodus is happening. We would like to talk to those who have fled as well as those who have stayed.feedback

Ivanka Trump

We can't stand by in silence. We join you today in a full-throated call for enhanced international co-operation to tackle modern slavery in all its evil forms. The Trump administration will continue to make this a priority and work with your governments to identify and implement solutions to end these crimes once and for all. This is a call to action, a call for the global community to address the greatest human rights issue of our time.feedback

Jon Huntsman

There is no question that the Russian government interfered in our election last year, and that Moscow continues to meddle in the democratic processes of our friends and allies. Russia continues to threaten the stability of Europe, violating the sovereignty and territorial integrity of its neighbours. Russia also restricts the human rights of its own people.feedback

António Guterres - United Nations

It's not enough to fight terrorists on the battlefield…we must do more to address the roots to radicalization, including real and perceived injustices. Harsh crackdowns and heavy-handed approaches are counterproductive. As soon as we believe that violations of human rights and democratic freedoms are necessary to win the fight, we have lost the war.feedback

David Miliband - International Rescue Committee

I think it is very important that this does not become personalised around one person, and I think that it is very important in the week the United Nations General Assembly meets in New York that there is a unified message that says that the basic norms of human rights and protection of minorities but also the essential need for humanitarian aid to flow, that those norms are followed in Myanmar just as elsewhere and it's very important that the political complexity inside a country does not overwhelm fundamental rights.feedback

David Klinger

It's a civil liberties issue. If the police actually are in charge, if they actually own the night, that's a police state, not a free country.feedback

Henry Jarvis Raymond

Resistance to law is always an offence against the peace of society. A party of whites attempted to arrest several negroes, claiming them as their property, under a law of the United States. With the passage of this amendment the Republic enters upon a new stage of its great career. It is hereafter to be, what it has never been hitherto, thoroughly democratic – resting on human rights as its basis, and aiming at the greatest good and the highest happiness of all its people.feedback

Jo Swinson

A few years ago it would have seemed inconceivable that in such a crisis, China would be a voice of reason, and Russia more measured than America. The politics of the bully is back. Human rights are trampled. Climate change is denied. Hate and division are spread like poison into society. Brexit will make it harder to follow our values, to protect human rights, to tackle climate change, to solve global problems.feedback

Jo Swinson

It reminds us that neither side of the political spectrum has a monopoly on undermining democracy and abusing human rights. And it beggars belief that Jeremy Corbyn would rather defend a tenuous link to socialism than condemn these atrocities.feedback

Jo Swinson

We are absolutely right to fight for an exit from Brexit. Brexit will make it harder to follow our values, to protect human rights, to tackle climate change, to solve global problems. An exit from Brexit is necessary, but not sufficient.feedback

Hazel Dawe

Suu Kyi has been widely admired in Oxford, to which she has a close personal connection, for her courageous stance on human rights in Burma, for her persistence against the odds and for remaining stubbornly peaceful in the face of military aggression.feedback

M. Iqbal Hossain

There is an instruction from the prime minister that we must treat Rohingya Muslims maintaining human rights. As many private and social organizations are coming and distributing relief, sometimes chaos breaks out ... You understand the scale of a humanitarian crisis here, it's very difficult to keep order, but we are doing so.feedback

Louise Whitfield

It's astonishing that the government has done nothing since the committee published their report a year ago today. One of the key problems that schools raise is the lack of adequate guidance from central government. It's so poor that it's creating a situation where it's inevitable that schools will breach girls' human rights and will discriminate against them.feedback

Louise Whitfield

Either the school does nothing or takes action that's wholly inadequate to protect her human rights or the rights of other girls in the school.feedback

Benedikt Sveinsson

I did not think of it as something that would justify Hjalti's position. I never considered 'restored honour' as anything but a legal procedure making it possible for convicted criminals to regain some civil rights. I would like to apologise to all those who have been hurt because of the matter.feedback

Boris Johnson

It's vital for her now to make clear that this is an abomination, and that these people will be allowed back. That those people will be allowed back to Burma and that preparation is being made, and that the abuse of their human rights and the killings–hundreds, perhaps even thousands–then the killings will stop.feedback

Michael Steinberg - American Civil Liberties Union

At first, I didn't think it was a case we were going to be interested in, but the more I looked into it, I realized it was really a quintessential civil liberties issue. No one disputes the fact there may be certain Juggalos out there engaged in criminal activity, but it's not because of their support of the music or the affinity with other Juggalos. It's no different than Yankee fans committing crimes with a Yankee hat on.feedback

Kirsten Gillibrand

Her presence spoke volumes about the importance of whatever activism we were working on. She really was an iconic leader, one that people could see and understand. She was the grande dame of civil rights for gay Americans.feedback

Dimitris Avramopoulos

We also need to redouble our efforts to provide assistance to the migrants stranded in Libya and .... exposed to unacceptable, inhumane treatment and human rights violations.feedback

Nancy Chi Cantalupo

It is downright dangerous, to conflate civil rights and criminal justice approaches to sexual violence and allow criminal justice responses to dominate our collective imagination regarding how to address this violence.feedback

Tim Cook - Apple

Our hearts go out to all of the people whose lives have been disrupted by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey. You're in our thoughts, we send you our strength, you are in our prayers. Hate is a cancer and, left unchecked, it destroys everything in its path. We put our weight behind lots of things in the civil rights area. Similarly, I think it's key that people think about what they stand for and help their communities. We always say that we want to leave the world better than we found it. So, we try to thoughtfully decide how we can do that.feedback

Tim Cook - Apple

I disagree with the president and others who believe that there is a moral equivalence between white supremacists and Nazis, and those who oppose them by standing up for human rights. Equating the two runs counter to our ideals as Americans.feedback

Phay Siphan

Cambodia still cooperates with the U.S. But while the U.S. tells the world that it respects human rights, in reality they don't. They just drop bombs to kill people.feedback

Michael Davey

At no time did we ever believe that there was evidence that any of the officers violated anyone's civil rights or were guilty of violating any federal laws.feedback

Joseph Murtha

He's been back on the force, and he's very relieved. I was always optimistic that at the end of the investigation, they would conclude there'd be no basis for a civil rights investigation.feedback

Reginald Mobley

It also demeans and cheapens the very serious work done by civil rights activists and abolitionists to have the difficult nuances of racism and microaggressions taken seriously.feedback

Jorge Arreaza Montserrat

The strategy used against my country from certain centres of power is a clear example of the use of human rights as a political weapon.feedback

Betsy DeVos

Instead of working with schools on behalf of students, the prior administration weaponized the Office for Civil Rights to work against schools and against students.feedback

Jean-Julien Rojer

I've been wearing it all around. I have the Lady Liberty jacket, and I have another one that has a bunch of people locked in arms – a civil rights march. Hopefully we're moving in that direction.feedback

Desmond Tutu

Discrimination doesn't come naturally; it is taught. As we witness the unfolding horror we pray for you to be courageous and resilient again. We pray for you to speak out for justice, human rights and the unity of your people. We pray for you to intervene in the escalating crisis and guide your people back towards the path of righteousness again.feedback

Issa Amro

All my writings on social media are part of the freedom of opinion and expression stipulated by the Palestinian Basic Law and are protected by all international laws and conventions. My arrest will not affect my defense of human rights and the rights of journalists to exercise their work freely and without pressure from the government.feedback

Fatima Goss Graves

There's an overall problem with the message they're sending right now. It matters that you have the head of the Office of Civil Rights repeating rape myths. My really deep worry is that they are not treating this as an issue with the sort of seriousness it deserves.feedback

Catherine E. Lhamon

The clearest and most consistent signal from this administration has been that it is uninterested in civil rights at best, and opposed to civil rights at worst.feedback

Sigal Mandelker

These actions send a clear message to those enriching themselves at the expense of the South Sudanese people that we will not let them exploit the U.S. financial system to move and hide the proceeds of their corruption. Treasury will forcefully respond to the atrocities ongoing in South Sudan by targeting those who abuse human rights, seek to derail the peace process and obstruct reconciliation in South Sudan.feedback

Naftuli Moster

Both are said to be staunch advocates for children, for human rights, for fairness, yet when it came to education of tens of thousands of Hasidic children they failed us and them miserably. I wasn't taught New York history, so I can't say this for sure, but this appears to be, to me, as one of the biggest scandals in this city.feedback

John Clune

Though the terms will remain confidential, Ms. Doe is satisfied by the outcome. Perhaps more than anything, Ms. Doe feels grateful to have this case resolved. Though she still plans to testify in the criminal matters against Mr. Armstead and Mr. Chatman, having her civil rights case resolved is a healthy step towards recovery. These cases are much harder for rape survivors than some may realize. We would like to thank Baylor's general counsel as well as Baylor President Dr. [Linda] Livingstone for their efforts.feedback

Geng Shuang

We urge the relevant organization to remove their tinted lenses, and objectively and justly view China's human rights development.feedback

Elaine Pearson - Human Rights Watch

I think these are basic human rights and the public doesn't get to vote on basic human rights for anyone. So really what we need is we need a free parliamentary vote, as many other countries around the world have done and yet this government has rejected going down that path. And so Australia is really looking like it has been left behind because, you know, more than 20 other countries from around the world have already legislated on marriage equality.feedback

Kenneth Roth - Human Rights Watch

China's crackdown on human rights activists is the most severe since the Tiananmen Square democracy movement 25 years ago. The stakes are not simply human rights for the one-sixth of the world's population who live in China, but also the survival and effectiveness of the U.N. human rights system for everyone around the globe. But when you put it all together, what it represents is a frontal assault on the U.N. human rights system.feedback

Molly Scott Cato

The relationship between UK companies and our murky offshore tax havens permit the world's corrupt elite to indulge their extravagant lifestyles at public expense. They then use these ill-gotten gains to buy political influence that prevents them from being held to account for human rights abuses and bad government.feedback

Justin Trudeau

In Canada and around the world, we must continue to fight against homophobia, transphobia, and biphobia, and to defend gender expression, gender identity and sexual orientation rights. We deplore the recent, reprehensible reports of violations of the human rights of gay and bisexual men in Chechnya. We call for the protection of all people in Chechnya whose sexual orientation makes them a target for persecution. Human rights have no borders.feedback

John Sifton

The arrest of Kem Sokha is a disastrous setback for Cambodia's human rights situation.feedback

Matteo de Bellis - Amnesty International

Certainly the Turkey deal is seen as a precedent to be followed by several European governments. We have to consider that there is no 'one size fits all' approach and we cannot apply past experiences to a situation like the current situation in Libya for example. Libya is in a situation of widespread human rights violations, affecting all parts of the population but particularly refugees and migrants.feedback

Matteo de Bellis - Amnesty International

We have documented a host of human rights violations committed by those agencies, and particularly the Libyan coast guard, that have been enlisted by the European governments to take control of the central Mediterranean. Right now there are people who have been taken back to Libya, after being intercepted by the Libyan coastguard, and we don't know what is going to happen to them. We're talking about men, women and children who are most likely being detained in the infamous detention centres of Libya, where they are exposed routinely to torture and rape.feedback

Josh Rogin

For almost a decade, the State Department has had a full-time senior official working solely on the issue of human rights in North Korea. As the crisis over the regime’s pursuit of nuclear weapons intensifies, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has decided the envoy is no longer needed. His decision to downgrade the post has caused a backlash in Congress, where lawmakers from both parties see it as an unwise step backward on an important issue at a critical time.feedback

Jill Bloomberg

The DOE has admitted that they initiated an investigation against me based on allegations from a completely unreliable source. Nonetheless, while finding the allegations of Communist organizing to be patently false, they are still threatening disciplinary action based on minor bureaucratic complaints from the same discredited source. Any disciplinary action is simple retaliation for our defense of our students, their civil rights and our advocacy for integration.feedback

Greg Scarlatoiu

Our greatest fear is a trade-off of human rights versus political security concerns. We know that is not the answer.feedback

Lina Attalah

Before the revolution, there was little margin in which we could operate as independent journalists or human rights defenders or women's rights activists. Right now, this margin is becoming tighter like no other time.feedback

Nadeem Murtuja

This is a time for calm heads and people in positions of power, locally and nationally, need to become more visible in their stance towards protecting the human rights of all communities, including the Muslim community.feedback

Joe Biden

The giant forward steps we have taken in recent years on civil liberties and civil rights and human rights are being met by a ferocious pushback from the oldest and darkest forces in America. Are we really surprised they rose up? Are we really surprised they lashed back? Did we really think they would be extinguished with a whimper rather than a fight?feedback

Rand Paul

The militarization of our law enforcement is due to an unprecedented expansion of government power in this realm. I will oppose this move by the AG and administration. And I will continue to fight for our civil liberties and criminal justice reform [...] Any order today still needs to be funded and I'll bring this issue to the Senate floor.feedback

Matt Smith

Suu Kyi's inflammatory propaganda is fuelling anti-Rohingya and anti-aid worker sentiment at a time when she should be doing everything in her power to instill calm and promote human rights.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

There has to be an arrangement in the long term with Europe which is one of tariff-free trade access to Europe that gives protection of the rights, regulations and gains we've made from Europe on workers' rights as well as protection of consumer rights and continued membership of the European institutions, particularly the European Court of Human Rights, but there are many others as well. Could you have a separate arrangement for different parts of the UK.feedback

Jessica Stern

Anyone who believes in human rights should be celebrating. The right to privacy is not just an LGBT issue but one that impacts nearly all aspects of modern life.feedback

Maurico Gutierrez

It's got nothing to do with politics; it's a matter of life and death. We're being persecuted and fighting for our human rights, our lives and our health.feedback

Walter Bustos - Galapagos

We demonstrated that we have the capability to capture that kind of vessel. Ecuador was the first country in the world that declared not only human rights, but nature rights, since 2008, in our constitution. So we are obligated to protect the lives of these fish.feedback

Jared Genser

The Trump administration should maintain its principled position and develop human rights benchmarks for Egypt to follow.feedback

Julie Bishop

On both occasions that I've met with President Duterte, I've raised the issue of human rights and the extrajudicial killings.feedback

Rob Berschinski

This was the first time there has ever been a Security Council meeting solely dedicated to the concept that human rights and peace and security are inextricable from one another. It reflected Ambassador Haley's genuine interest and belief that there is a direct link between how a government treats its own people and international peace and security.feedback

Sharif El-Mekki

If you ever wondered what it would be like to live in the Civil Rights movement, and what role you would play, realize that you are in it right now.feedback

Arpee Santiago

Kian's plight is a wake-up call of why we need to safeguard human rights. It is a much needed jolt.feedback

Baskut Tuncak

While the UK has played a leading role in tackling modern slavery, it has turned a blind eye to the human rights impacts of UK business regarding their toxic supply and value chains.feedback

Robert Satloff

It is unusual that the Trump administration would take a punitive measure against Egypt, given the president's outreach to President Sisi and his general embrace of this Egyptian government. I would not say reports of difficulties with Egypt's human rights situation or its connection with North Korea are new.feedback

Keith Hiatt - Benetech

There are probably 200 or so civil-society organizations working on Syria alone. Some have risked their lives, others have given their lives to document the atrocities and document human rights violations.feedback

Eva Pils

To a wider TV audience, it is meant to discredit human rights defenders as people who fabricate stories that smear the image of the motherland for their own personal gain or self-promotion. Over all, it has the effect of giving one a sense that the authorities are in control of the truth.feedback

Laurent Gaberell

Paraquat causes thousands of poisonings every year in developing countries. The UK bears an enormous responsibility … To subject individuals of other countries to pesticides known to cause major health damage or fatality is a clear human rights violation.feedback

Christian Gregory

From comedy to civil rights to a life dedicated to equality, he never waned. Immeasurable generational sacrifice. A transformative blockbuster comedian who obliterated the color line.feedback

Claudia Mo

I'm trying to send the message that if you fight for human rights, democracy and the rule of law, then it is a crime. And if it's a crime, then we are all criminals. I believe they are prisoners of conscience.feedback

Michal Kosinski

We're no longer asking whether all people have human rights, or if schools should be racially integrated.feedback

Theodore M. Shaw

It is only now, when racism is widely considered to be immoral, that racists argue moral equivalency in opposition to civil rights advocates. Donald Trump and what he said yesterday is regressive – it's looking backward, it's taking us back. This is extraordinary in ways that I think it's difficult for most Americans, as shocked as people of good will are, to really comprehend. This is someone who occupies the White House, who has no moral bottom when it comes to racism, and who has in many ways encouraged hatred and bigotry in his quest for power.feedback

Kristian Coates Ulrichsen

They felt they could do business with the Trump administration without any real focus on thorny issues such as human rights or questions of governance that have complicated bilateral ties with other presidencies in the past.feedback

Frank Amedure Jr.

What's it going to be like, if I'm out somewhere and I bump into him? I don't know how he feels about a lot of the issues that he was being scrutinized for, like civil rights. How does he feel about homosexuality now? How does he feel about what he did?feedback

Ada Colau

Once again, I want to say that Barcelona is still standing and we're not afraid. We're united by the values of democracy, human rights, and co-existence.feedback

Mariano Rajoy

Regretfully, we Spaniards are familiar with the pain caused by terrorism. We have suffered blows like this in our recent history. But we also know that terrorists can be beaten. They can be beaten through institutional unity, police cooperation, prevention, international support, and the firm determination to defend the values of our civilization: democracy, freedom and human rights.feedback

Christopher Robinson - Lux Research

But that $3.8 million is long gone. She paid back her parents and grandma, who took out mortgages to move to Italy during her case and pay her lawyers. And she still has massive legal bills. She has a lawyer in Italy taking her case to the European Court of Human Rights, arguing that Italy violated her rights and owes her compensation.feedback

Tim Cook - Apple

We put our weight behind lots of things in the civil rights area. Similarly, I think it's key that people think about what they stand for and help their communities. We always say that we want to leave the world better than we found it. So, we try to thoughtfully decide how we can do that. If hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it's worth the trade-off with my own privacy.feedback

Betsy DeVos

I'm disgusted by the behavior and hate-filled rhetoric displayed near the University of Virginia in #Charlottesville. It is every American's right to speak their mind, but there is no room for violence or hatred. This is what makes our work so important. Our Department, and particularly the Office for Civil Rights, exists to ensure all students have equal access to a safe, nurturing, quality learning environment free from discrimination or intimidation.feedback

Shannon Sickles

This is a long term, many years ahead appeal process to bring human rights to all citizens in Northern Ireland.feedback

Rodrigo Duterte

Tell them, Police, shoot those who are part of it.' If they are obstructing justice, you shoot them. So they can really see the kinds of human rights.feedback

Derek Lam

The court of Hong Kong is a slave of the Chinese government. The judge does acknowledge that democracy, freedom and human rights are the reasons Joshua is doing this. He just kept insisting that they were inciting violence.feedback

Ralph Northam

I support City of Charlottesville's decision to remove the Robert E. Lee statue. I believe these statutes should be taken down and moved into museums. As governor, I am going to be a vocal advocate for that approach and work with localities on this issue. We should also do more to elevate the parts of our history that have all too often been underrepresented. That means memorializing civil rights advocates like Barbara Johns and Oliver Hill, who helped move our Commonwealth closer towards equality.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

Religious persecution and intolerance remains far too prevalent. Almost 80 percent of the global population live with restrictions on or hostilities to limit their freedom of religion. Where religious freedom is not protected, we know that instability, human rights abuses, and violent extremism have a greater opportunity to take root. ISIS has and continues to target members of multiple religions and ethnicities for rape, kidnapping, enslavement, and death.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

ISIS has and continues to target members of multiple religions and ethnicities for rape, kidnapping, enslavement and death. The protection of these groups and others who are targets of violent extremism remains a human rights priority for the Trump administration.feedback

Katrina vanden Heuvel

The Justice Department is opening a civil rights investigation into her death. But it’s fair to ask if it’s up to the task under Sessions.feedback

James Grossman

We would not want to whitewash our history by pretending that Jim Crow and disenfranchisement or massive resistance to the civil rights movement never happened. That is the part of our history that these monuments testify to.feedback

Jimmy Fallon

They've fought and died on the right side of history. One brave woman in Charlottesville, Heather Heyer, died standing up for what's right at the age of 32. I can't look at my beautiful, growing, curious daughters and say nothing when this kind of thing is happening. We all need to stand against what is wrong, acknowledge that racism exists, and stand up for what is right, and civil, and kind. And to show the next generation that we haven't forgotten how hard people have fought for human rights. We cannot do this. We can't go backward. We can't go backward.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Racism is evil. And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans. The Department of Justice has opened a civil rights investigation into the deadly car attack that killed one innocent American and wounded 20 others. To anyone who acted criminally in this weekend's racist violence, you will be held fully accountable. Justice will be delivered.feedback

Timothy J. Heaphy

If you're a racist and you kill someone, that doesn't mean it's a hate crime. There has to be an explicit connection between the two for it to be a civil rights offense.feedback

Jeff Sessions

Heather Heyer was out protesting racism and bigotry. She has a right to do that. This individual had no right to drive a car into them and kill people, killing her and injuring others, some of them very seriously. This is absolutely unacceptable . . . The president has directed us to get after it. Our FBI people are working on it assiduously. Our United States attorneys and civil rights division are focused on it. Justice will be done. We are coming after these people . . . It cannot be tolerated in America.feedback

Thomas Bossert

There is a civil rights investigation. We will see where the facts take us. He has been charged with second-degree murder and that could carry a much stiffer penalty if there is evidence to support a civil rights abuse or a hate crime. That could bring the death penalty.feedback

David Miliband - International Rescue Committee

The EU is not just a group of neighbouring countries. It is a coalition of democratic states which pledge to advance human rights, the rule of law and democratic rules. That is not a threat to Britain; it is the team we should be on.feedback

Ravina Shamdasani - United Nations

We are deeply concerned about the steady deterioration in the humanitarian conditions and the protection of human rights in Gaza, . Israel, the State of Palestine and the authorities in Gaza are not meeting their obligations to promote and protect the rights of the residents of Gaza.feedback

Andrew Smith

These licences should never have been agreed in the first place, particularly not considering Venezuela is on the UK government's own countries of concern list for human rights and democracy.feedback

Myrna Pérez

I think we are going to see this Department of Justice switching sides on a number of instances. But the civil rights community is prepared to step into the breach.feedback

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

These violations have occurred amid the breakdown of the rule of law in Venezuela, with constant attacks by the Government against the National Assembly and the Attorney-General's Office. The responsibility for the human rights violations we are recording lies at the highest levels of Government.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

I see no conflict – no conflict at all in our helping them with that situation [on Islamic State] and our views of the human rights concerns we have with respect to how they carry out their counter-narcotics activities.feedback

Ravina Shamdasani - United Nations

We are concerned that the situation in Venezuela is escalating and these human rights violations show no signs of abating so we are worried about the direction in which it is heading. Responsibility for human rights violations we are reporting lies at the highest level of government.feedback

Liz McInnes

In particular, we urge the government of Venezuela to recognise its responsibilities to protect human rights, free speech and the rule of law. If he [Maduro] believes those concerns are misplaced, it is up to him to prove them wrong, not through his words, but through his deeds.feedback

John Knox - United Nations

Human rights are being jettisoned as a culture of impunity is developing. There is now an overwhelming incentive to wreck the environment for economic reasons. The people most at risk are people who are already marginalised and excluded from politics and judicial redress, and are dependent on the environment. The countries do not respect the rule of law. Everywhere in the world, defenders are facing threats.feedback

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