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NEW Aug 20 2017
You can find on this page a variety of quotes, by one or many people, on what they said about Human Rights. 523 people are quoted and you can read 669 citations of them about Human Rights. Rex W. Tillerson, Nikki Haley, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Jeff Sessions, are those who have spoken the most about this topic. Rex W. Tillerson said: “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.”.
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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

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

Lisa Linsky - McDermott Will & Emery

Given the current environment, we need to do everything that we can to identify these historic documents, preserve them and make sure that the public is aware of the story of the government animus and discrimination toward LGBT people, because we're at a time when the government – this particular administration – is not supportive of the LGBT community and preserving the civil rights that we have obtained.feedback

Corey Booker

You can't have freedom and justice in this country if you can't breathe your air, if you can't open your window because of the toxic smells. It may not be a billy club that is hitting you or a dog that is tearing your skin – those images from the Civil Rights movement – but it is violence to the body.feedback

Tommy J Curry

The evidence of the last 50 years has convincingly demonstrated the failure of multicultural coalitions, civil rights legislation and integration. The current task of radical Black thought now rests in the development of alternatives in light of this disappointment.feedback

Dennis Parker

The idea that the Justice Department would sue colleges over their inclusive policies is an affront to fairness and sends a dangerous signal that it will no longer work to protect the most vulnerable. It would mark an alarming shift in direction that threatens the hard-fought progress made by civil rights advocates and the department itself over the past decades. The Supreme Court has made it clear that it is constitutional to appropriately consider race as one of many factors in college admissions. We will be monitoring closely.feedback

Salma Nims

This is a victory for the women's movement and human rights movement in Jordan.feedback

Nekima Levy-Pounds

Many people in this city have been living in the dark with regard to police violence. But the recognition this week that this is a human rights issue, not a black issue, that's powerful. That's sad and powerful.feedback

Vanita Gupta

Yet again, the [Jeff] Sessions Justice Department, led by the political leadership and marginalizing the career employees, is changing course on a key civil rights issue. Longstanding Supreme Court precedent has upheld the constitutionality and compelling state interest of these policies, and generations of Americans have benefited from richer, more inclusive institutions of higher education.feedback

Jackie Blue

Quite frankly, whether a woman intends on having children or not is none of their bloody business. Oh, and by the way, it's illegal to ask those questions as they breach the Human Rights Act.feedback

Justin Higgins

Progress on human rights will allow the U.S.-Vietnam partnership to reach its fullest potential.feedback

Roger Clegg

The civil rights laws were deliberately written to protect everyone from discrimination, and it is frequently the case that not only are whites discriminated against now, but frequently Asian-Americans are as well.feedback

Behrouz Boochani

We are not safe outside the fences, and immigration are trying to make life impossible for us inside. We are protesting peacefully for our human rights, and to call on Australia to uphold its commitments to offer us protection as refugees.feedback

Leslie Vinjamuri

The Trump administration is now a beacon of dysfunction. Allies, and enemies, are taking note• Leslie Vinjamuri is director of the Centre on Conflict, Rights and Justice. In the past six months, the United States’ standing in the world has suffered, to say the least. Donald Trump has embraced strong men, shunned some of our most trusted liberal allies, and seemingly withdrawn US commitment to democracy and human rights. The United States’ moral authority has always been tinged by hypocrisy, but Trump’s blatant disregard for liberal values has taken this to an entirely new level. Even worse, partisanship in Washington is now paired with a degree of dysfunction in the White House and the bureaucracy scarcely seen before.feedback

Antonio Trillanes

It is yet another proof of how Duterte's policy flouts human rights, due process and the rule of law and further reinforces the cases of crimes against humanity filed against him. As Duterte and his police chief have forewarned, more people will die in pursuit of their drug war.feedback

Heather Nauert

We will continue to take strong and swift actions against the architects of authoritarianism in Venezuela, including those who participate in the National Constituent Assembly as a result of today's flawed election. We encourage governments in the hemisphere and around the world to take strong action to hold accountable those who undermine democracy, deny human rights, bear responsibility for violence and repression, or engage in corrupt practices.feedback

Denise Wallish

Now the community has let them know that this is not the preferred site. If this doesn't work, we'll be going to the Human Rights Commission.feedback

Ricky Caya

The great social movements of the 1960s, the American civil rights movement, flower power, the big trade union movements - people today don't have that.feedback

Peter Wanless

Forcing a child to marry shows a complete lack of regard for their feelings, thoughts or ambitions. We must be clear that, regardless of cultural expectations, this is a crime and an abuse of human rights.feedback

Jacob Hacker - Yale

Every major breakthrough from Civil Rights to Social Security to what happened on the right under Ronald Reagan were driven by significant mobilization behind an idea that was much more extreme than what actually happened.feedback

Ron Wyden

You really strengthen the exchanges and probably provide another path for people actually advocating single-payer...to make the transition work. I've said before, this is a civil rights issue and it'll take a movement on the scale of the one Dr. King led. I'm glad we're here – it shows we're making progress – but my goal isn't a certain number of co-sponsors, it's passing a bill that makes every American Medicare-eligible.feedback

Peter Wanless

This is a crime and an abuse of human rights. Forcing a child to marry shows a complete lack of regard for their feelings, thoughts or ambitions. We understand some may worry about betraying their family but we would urge anyone – including potential victims – to speak up before it is too late. Help us break the cycle and speak up, so that we can step in and stop a child being bound into something that they would never ask for.feedback

Fanny Plancon

The police regularly arrive in the middle of the night, pulling them out of their sleeping bags, often spraying sleeping bags and the food. I've taken a lot of people to hospital who've been wounded during this. Sometimes even their papers, everything can be thrown away, it's very difficult for them. It's very complicated for French people to understand, because see ourselves as a country of human rights.feedback

Jake Silverstein

We were drawn to this photo of Liang Xiaojun, a Chinese human rights lawyer, standing in front of a detention center where many of his colleagues have been imprisoned. The wall behind him seemed a perfect symbol of the impervious faceless state that he and others are trying to resist.feedback

José Maria Aranaz

It's the worst humanitarian and human rights crisis in a decade, when both sides have committed serious crimes.feedback

Steven Mnuchin

This administration will continue to aggressively target Iran's malign activity, including their ongoing state support of terrorism, ballistic missile program, and human rights abuses.feedback

Judith Sunderland

It carries the risk of human rights abuses and loss of dignity for the people involved.feedback

Shane Ortega - US Army

I felt that the American freedoms I was fortunate to be born into, were not to be met with a sense of entitlement. I honor my privilege by serving and giving back to our nation and its people the best I can. That means protecting our freedoms and working on national human rights issues for LGBT people. We are our nation.feedback

Marla Kilfoyle

We are quite disgusted with what looks like an attempt to dismantle the civil rights department of the department of education. I think she believes, along with Trump, that there should be no department of education. I would not be surprised if, in the next year, they try to get rid of it.feedback

Farhan Haq - United Nations

He supports the efforts of the government of Pakistan to fight terrorism and violent extremism with full respect for international human rights norms and obligations.feedback

John Dalhuisen - Amnesty International

This is a defining moment for civil society in Turkey and its a defining moment for the international community in its relationship with Turkey. These relationship need to change and our colleagues the human rights community in Turkey they need to be released and they need to be supported.feedback

William Sharp

We are pleased with today's ruling, and we hope this serves as a reminder to Kentucky officials that willful violations of individuals' civil liberties, such as what occurred here, will not only be challenged but will also prove costly. It is unfortunate that Kentucky taxpayers will likely bear the financial burden of the unlawful actions and litigation strategies of an elected official, but those same voters are free to take that information into account at the ballot box.feedback

Nora Markard

This is a very sensitive area of law where you can't just streamline things, and I'm not sure that McKinsey's approach is one that systematically takes human rights concerns into account.feedback

Bekir Bozdag

Israel's attitude over Al-Aqsa is wrong, unlawful and unacceptable. Israel's actions there violate both human rights and the freedom of religion and faith. We call on the international community to take a unified stance against Israel.feedback

Anita Cameron

We are just ordinary people who joined the movement to fight for our civil rights, our human rights, our right to live and exist and have liberty and life just like everyone else.feedback

Ali Ipek

He didn't mind, he wasn't angry. I liked him very much. I saw him as a very reasonable, very logical person. He was trying to do what was right for the country – trying to join the European Union, talking about human rights.feedback

Nikki Haley

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.feedback

Stanley Kao

Mr. Liu's lifelong beliefs are the core values we live by in Taiwan, namely an abiding respect for human rights and due process of law.feedback

Juan C. Zarate

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

Donna Lieberman

There is no way we, with our New York values and our human rights values, can abide continuing this grave, grave, grave injustice.feedback

Andrew Gardner - Amnesty International

What is absolutely crystal clear, 100 percent clear is this was a routine human rights workshop – the sort of workshop that happens all over Turkey, in fact the sort of workshop that happens all over the world.feedback

Iverna McGowan - Amnesty International

We will not rest until our colleagues and human rights defenders are released. having said that, of course, under these circumstances, we will be keeping the security of our staff under very close review. The EU is very clear in support for human rights defenders on paper, but the response so far has been quite muted. Next week, Turkish Foreign Minister is travelling to Brussels and we will be strongly calling on Federica Mogherini, as High Representative, to speak out publicly and very purposely against this outrageous injustice in Turkey.feedback

Andrew Gardner - Amnesty International

What is absolutely crystal clear, one hundred percent clear is this was a routine human rights workshop -- the sort of workshop that happens all over Turkey, in fact the sort of workshop that happens all over the world.feedback

Salil Shetty - Amnesty International

Today we have learnt that standing up for human rights has become a crime in Turkey. This is a moment of truth, for Turkey and for the international community. Leaders around the world must stop biting their tongues and acting as if they can continue business as usual. They must bring pressure to bear on Turkish authorities to drop these spurious charges and to immediately and unconditionally release the rights defenders.feedback

Waheed al-Ghamdi

I am simply questioning the lack of priorities regarding anger and alarm expressed over human rights violations and oppression versus the harmless personal choices of others.feedback

Rebecca Serbin

Riders either face very long wait times or can't get rides at all. The human rights law reflects the City Council's commitment to accessibility. Uber is flagrantly violating that law.feedback

Andrew Gardner - Amnesty International

It is politically motivated targeting not just of these six human rights defenders who have been remanded in pre-trial prison custody, but it is taking aim at Turkey's entire human rights movement. What we've learned today is that defending human rights has become a crime in Turkey. After this decision none of us who defend human rights in Turkey, whether it is Amnesty International or other organisations, are safe in this country. This decision cannot be allowed to stand.feedback

Betsy DeVos

The Department today is returning [the Office of Civil Rights] to its role as a neutral, impartial investigative agency.feedback

Harshu Sethi

We were only thinking of saving our lives. They tried to show that they did not have rights. I feel that we do not have any human rights. We are the poor ones.feedback

Joshua Matz

The odds that the Supreme Court grants review of this question in the near future are high. It is no exaggeration to say that Title VII's application to gays and lesbians now ranks among the most important open questions in U.S. civil rights law.feedback

Christine Ahn

I'm hoping the Moon administration can quickly correct this. It would not look favorably if they're allowing the dark ages to remain by banning pro-democracy, human rights and peace activists from entering their country.feedback

Sarah Wootton - Dignity in Dying

The British public overwhelmingly support a change in the law to give terminally ill, mentally competent adults like Noel the choice of an assisted death. [The high court hearing] will consider detailed evidence and legal arguments about whether the current law breaches Noel's human rights.feedback

Natalia Veselnitskaya

My body, my choice' is all about abortion, homosexuality, illegal migration and two presidents. Anything goes. But for those who didn't get what this is about, this is now called 'human rights'. In such instances the general has to resign. This is reminiscent of the games of Obama's last days in office.feedback

Sara Nelson - Association of Flight Attendants

Flight attendants have been at the forefront of fighting to gain equal rights on the job. On our planes, we welcome humanity from every corner of the earth and we deliver passengers safely around the globe. Attacks against U.S. flight attendants by the leaders of Gulf airlines, in public and private, are a reflection of their countries' documented disregard for human rights.feedback

Michèle Solá

For a man who started out the son of an Episcopal minister in the Main Line section of Philadelphia and who was not a happy camper at private school there, he became someone who embodied the values of the civil rights movement and racial justice.feedback

Jean Tobin - National Center for Transgender Equality

Students and their families have a right to go to court to have their rights vindicated, but they shouldn't have to. The Office of Civil Rights is tasked with handling these complaints precisely to avoid costly and time-consuming litigation, but if it refuses to do it's job, the courts will be the backstop.feedback

Michael Moody

The emergence of environmentalism in the '60s, civil rights and the women's movement meant that the younger generation was more interested in giving to them rather than to the Junior League.feedback

Schona Jolly

David Davis has confirmed that the EU charter of fundamental rights won’t become domestic law. This must be challenged and debated immediately• Schona Jolly is an international human rights lawyer. There was a time, not so long ago, that David Davis was a great fan of the EU charter of fundamental rights. He liked it so much that he used it to take up a legal challenge against the snooper’s charter (brainchild of the-then home secretary Theresa May), which ended up in Luxembourg.feedback

Berit Reiss-Andersen

The news of Liu Xiaobo's serious condition was met in part with silence and belatedly, hesitant reactions worldwide …It is a sad and disturbing fact that the representatives of the free world, who themselves hold democracy and human rights in high regard, are less willing to stand up for those rights for the benefit of others.feedback

JoDee Winterhof - Human Rights Campaign

Sessions' alarming comments proved what LGBTQ and civil rights leaders know to be true – that he cannot be trusted. A month ago, he vowed to protect transgender women from violent attacks and now we find him promoting license to discriminate laws. This is another predictable step for the anti-LGBTQ Trump-Pence Administration.feedback

Mara Keisling

Here he goes again. It appears [what] the Attorney General is saying is that he will only enforce a 'civil rights' law that is meant as an excuse to discriminate; but he won't enforce longstanding, real civil rights laws like Title IX, Title IX and Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act.feedback

Liz Throssell

He was a man who, despite all he suffered, continued to espouse the politics of peace, and the High Commissioner (for Human Rights) is saying that Liu Xiaobo was and will continue to be an inspiration for human rights defenders around the world.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Those who were affected were people like me who defend the law. I defended human rights and the state of law 15 years ago and I defend them today. I will defend them in 10 years time if I live that long.feedback

Salil Shetty - Amnesty International

Today we grieve the loss of a giant of human rights. Liu Xiaobo was a man of fierce intellect, principle, wit and above all humanity. For decades, he fought tirelessly to advance human rights and fundamental freedoms in China. He did so in the face of the most relentless and often brutal opposition from the Chinese government. Time and again they tried to silence him, and time and again they failed. Despite enduring years of persecution, suppression and imprisonment, Liu Xiaobo continued to fight for his convictions.feedback

Andrew Nathan

China has never made major concessions to foreign pressure on human rights, but especially in the few years after Tiananmen, they did make minor concessions. But things have changed, China is rich, and the Western powers one by one have given up officially receiving the Dalai Lama and sponsoring resolutions in Geneva that are critical of China.feedback

Erna Solberg

It is with deep grief that I received the news of Liu Xiaobo's passing. Liu Xiaobo was for decades a central voice for human rights and China's further development. It is a sad and disturbing fact that the representatives of the free world, who themselves hold democracy and human rights in high regard, are less willing to stand up for those rights for the benefit of others.feedback

Fran Lambrick

Frontline environmental defenders are critical in fighting climate change, protecting our natural resources and upholding human rights and cultural identity. Yet they face violent reprisals, threats and criminalisation.feedback

Emeritus Alan Dershowitz

When non-criminal conduct that is deserving of political criticism is investigated as criminal, both sides lose. Even more importantly, all Americans lose important civil liberties protections guaranteed by our Constitution.feedback

Jehanne Henry - Human Rights Watch

We think the decision to postpone makes a lot of sense, given the situation on the ground. We also urge the U.S. government to assess Sudan's performance on human rights issues using more specific benchmarks than were included in Obama's executive order.feedback

Yasir Arman

Today, victims, human rights defenders, displaced persons and those who are denied their right to humanitarian access among others will receive with joy President Trump's decision. It is our conviction that lifting sanctions on Sudan should be organically linked to a program of realizing a just peace and democratic transformation in Sudan.feedback

Rachel Taylor - Child Soldiers International

It is a very significant development. At the moment we see more involvement of children in Islamic armed groups worldwide and it's a growing area. This is about being able to say categorically that whatever your involvement with a group that society finds particularly vile, you should lose neither your human rights nor your childhood.feedback

Rim-Sarah Alouane

People feel safe when this kind of measure is taken. But by institutionalizing the state of emergency, not only are you putting civil liberties at stake, you are not addressing the root of terrorism at all. It gives you the illusion of of security, but that's it. It's extremely worrying for a country that is known for human rights. It speaks volumes about the culture of fear we have.feedback

Daniel Cornfield

Some of the issues I gather in the Nissan plant are similar to the issues in Chattanooga and elsewhere. But in the case of Mississippi, they are being framed in terms of respect and disrespect for workers, and linking that to a civil rights orientation.feedback

Michael Gerson

The United States was founded on principles of compassion and universal human rights.feedback

Gary Locke

Concern for human rights is in the DNA of America ... it is unfortunate that [US] President [Donald] Trump is not as forceful on the issue as past presidents, both Democratic and Republican.feedback

Maya Wang - Human Rights Watch

If G20 nations fail to publicly press the Chinese government to free Liu, they would lose credibility in pressing for human rights everywhere, not just in China.feedback

Robert Daly

Since the second world war, the United States and many other free nations have believed that promoting representative governance, open markets and human rights worldwide served their national interests. That commitment seems to be fading, but whether this is a long-term trend or a temporary fashion is uncertain.feedback

Douglas Barker

We're the only organization in America who are fighting for white civil rights.feedback

Michele Dunne

The state of human rights in Egypt is so egregious that it becomes very difficult to work with the government without in some way being complicit.feedback

Tommy Vietor

I'm glad she's speaking up for human rights when she does, but it's gone when [Trump is] cozying up to Duterte, who's bragged about killing people.feedback

Liz Throssell

We are gravely concerned about all arbitrary arrests and detentions of human rights defenders in Turkey. We fear they are now at significant risk of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.feedback

Liz Throssell

So we're talking big numbers here with regard to human rights defenders and to people who have been sacked.feedback

Heather Nauert

As with past arrests of prominent human rights defenders, journalists, academics, and activists, we underscore the importance of respecting due process and individual rights, as enshrined in the Turkish Constitution, and consistent with Turkey's own international commitments. More voices, not fewer, are necessary in challenging times.feedback

Lizzie O'Shea

We act as if technology were neutral but it’s not. The challenge now is to highlight and remove the gender bias• Lizzie O’Shea is a human rights lawyer, broadcaster and writer. ‘Most women in the Bay Area are soft and weak, cosseted and naive, despite their claims of worldliness, and generally full of shit,” wrote former Facebook product manager Antonio García Martínez in 2016. “They have their self-regarding entitlement feminism, and ceaselessly vaunt their independence. But the reality is, come the epidemic plague or foreign invasion, they’d become precisely the sort of useless baggage you’d trade for a box of shotgun shells or a jerry can of diesel.” This is from his insider account of Silicon Valley, Chaos Monkeys. The book was a bestseller. The New York Times called it “an irresistible and indispensable 360-degree guide to the new technology establishment”. Anyone who is surprised by the recent revelations of sexism spreading like wildfire through the technology industry has not been paying attention.feedback

Adam Schiff

If the president is not going to be the leader of the free world and champion human rights and democratic governance, who is? There is nothing the Kremlin would like to see more than a president who will settle for a grip and a grin, and walk away saying that he had this fabulous meeting with the Kremlin autocrat.feedback

John Pomfret

Europe is preparing to protest the actions of Donald Trump. But where are the harsh words for China's dismissal of human rights?feedback

Salil Shetty - Amnesty International

We are profoundly disturbed and outraged that some of Turkey's leading human rights defenders, including the Director of Amnesty International Turkey should have been detained so blatantly without cause. Idil Eser and those detained with her, must be immediately and unconditionally released. World leaders currently sitting in Hamburg have been remarkably tolerant of Turkey's human rights meltdown. With President [Recep Tayyip] Erdoğan now in their midst, this would be a good time to speak out firmly and call for the release of all human rights defenders currently behind bars.feedback

Peter Tatchell

Corporate floats, and onerous rules and costs have ripped out the heart of a once political march with a party atmosphere. Let’s reclaim it • Peter Tatchell is a human rights campaigner. Has LGBT Pride lost its way? This is a question more and more people are asking in the run up to Saturday’s Pride London parade. What began in 1972 as a protest for gay rights has now morphed into a commercialised, bureaucratic and rule-bound event, which too often reflects the wishes of the city authorities, not the LGBT community.feedback

Angela Merkel

In my view, we must intensively pursue the human rights dialogue, looking at how different parts of society can better express themselves. In this respect, cooperation in the field of civil society can be further strengthened.feedback

Phil Robertson - Human Rights Watch

Her activism has been motivated in part by her strong views that her children should inherit a country where human rights, environmental protection, and rule of law are meaningful and part of everyday reality, and not just rhetoric spouted by the ruling Communist Party. Many people both inside and outside of Vietnam admire Mother Mushroom for her straight-forward views, her unbending principles, and her bravery in taking action when she has so much at stake with her young family.feedback

Bartosz Wieliński - Gazeta Wyborcza

The question in Poland in the weeks leading up to Mr. Trump's visit has been whether he will praise or scold a national-conservative government that continues to draw Poland further and further from the path of democracy and respect for human rights.feedback

Cecelia Hayden Smith

Our generation did so much [for LGBTQ and civil rights], we shouldn't just be thrown away. It's sad, but so many of us feel invisible as we get older. If we don't take care of ourselves, we're going to get lost in the sauce.feedback

Nikki Haley

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

Natalie Nougayrède

The scandalous treatment of nobel prizewinner Liu Xiaobo means Europe has to challenge President Xi over human rights at next week’s G20 summit. Next week Donald Trump and the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, travel to Europe for a G20 summit in Hamburg. Who do you think will attract the most protests? Very probably Trump. But what about attitudes towards the Chinese leader, whose regime is currently preventing the Nobel peace prize winner Liu Xiaobo from travelling freely to receive cancer treatment in a place of his choice? Surely this scandal warrants a strong reaction.feedback

Martin Lee

Xi doesn't understand Hong Kong people. The Communist party's solution to the world's problems is money, because that is all they have. The Communists don't have core values and principles to stand on, but we cherish our freedoms, civil rights and the rule of law.feedback

Marco Rubio

China's assault on democratic institutions and human rights is a clear and present danger to the people of Hong Kong and to the city's status as a free market, economic powerhouse, and hub for international trade and investment. Looking ahead to the remaining 30 years of 'one country, two systems,' we cannot allow Hong Kong to go the way of Beijing's failed authoritarianism.feedback

Jaime de los Santos

The Prado is much more than a national museum, because we get visitors here who come from countries that don't always recognize what is normal, countries that really belong to the third world in terms of human rights.feedback

Diane Taylor

Asylum seekers not allowed to work in the UK are locked up in detention centres and paid below the minimum wage for their labour. That seems inherently unfair• Diane Taylor is a freelance journalist and author with a particular interest in human rights and civil liberties.feedback

Lorella Praeli

These bills are riddled with constitutional violations that completely disregard the civil and human rights of immigrants.feedback

Hideto Kijima

I was surprised how many people didn't see this as an issue of basic human rights.feedback

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

Terry E. Branstad

We as Americans would like to see him have the opportunity to have treatment elsewhere if that is of help. It's important we work together as two countries to address human rights issues. Because of the relationship I have with both President Xi and President (Donald) Trump I hope I can be a go-between between (the two countries) on these challenging issues in the future.feedback

Hideto Kijima

I just had to ignore them and keep moving up, or I would not have been able to return to Osaka. I've never thought I would be refused to fly for not being able to walk. It's a human rights violation.feedback

Bradley Brooker

From a privacy and civil liberties perspective, we find this unpalatable.feedback

Jerome A. Cohen - Council on Foreign Relations

Human rights has retreated in terms of people's interest in China. Everybody is under pressure from constituents to have a piece of the action. Of course, the U.S. no longer asks other countries to do anything, because we decided it's not important for our purposes.feedback

Clive Walker

My research suggests there are more than 40 foreign terrorists convicted in the UK who have avoided deportation using the human rights act. The figure is much larger than was previously thought. The report is finished. It is a substantial piece of work. David [Anderson] has produced other reports critical or not of the Government which have always been published. My role in it was to compile a detailed description of the rules and regulations about deportation with assurances. I still think the Home Office wish to pursue DWA.feedback

Jorge Ramon Hernandez Alcerro

One of our principal priorities under the Alliance for Prosperity has in fact been the strengthening of human rights protections and of the institutional frameworks that support these.feedback

Jorge Ramon Hernandez Alcerro

This encompasses not only indigenous rights defenders, but also LGBT, political activists, journalists, and all Hondurans that work to promote and protect human rights.feedback

Kristine Garina

It's been such a joy to work with WorldPride Madrid 2017 team, their commitment to human rights and inclusion and solidarity is overwhelming. They already have a million-people event – they could have gotten away with just putting up a giant party, and everyone would've been happy. But they truly are involved in the human rights aspect of the Pride, and that is absolutely amazing to watch.feedback

Emmanuel Macron

We already have two international [human rights] pacts ... The idea is to create a third, for a third generation of rights – environmental rights.feedback

Patrick Poon - Amnesty International

Adding injury to insult, Liu Xiaobo has been diagnosed with a grave illness in prison, where he should never have been put in the first place. The Chinese authorities should immediately ensure that Liu Xiaobo receives adequate medical care, effective access to his family and that he and all others imprisoned solely for exercising their human rights are immediately and unconditionally released. The authorities should immediately and unconditionally lift all restrictions on his wife Liu Xia and let the two reunite as soon as possible.feedback

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