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Human Rights Day/ Week – LexBlog


Yesterday was Human Rights Day and this week is Human Rights Week.  On Friday, President Biden issued a Presidential Proclamation (full text) recognizing the dates. December 10 is the anniversary of the U.N.’s adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Presidential Proclamation reads in part:

Around the world — from China to Burma, Afghanistan to Iran, Ethiopia to Ukraine, and beyond — courageous people are standing up to abuses of power, staying strong amid threats to their lives, and speaking out against violations of their fundamental freedoms. 

The United States stands fully with these brave women and men fighting for their basic human rights in the face of oppression and injustice — and we always will.  That is why we moved to rejoin the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2021 and reassert our moral leadership on the global stage.  It is why my Administration is amplifying the voices of religious, racial, and ethnic minorities; women and girls; LGBTQI+ communities; persons with disabilities; and pro-democracy activists and defenders, who are too often targeted by violence or denied equal protection under the law.


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