International Human Rights Day 2015

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International Human Rights Day 2015
John Kerry
Secretary of StateWashington, DC
December 10, 2015

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was forged in the aftermath of World War II to protect freedom and prevent future atrocities. As we commemorate it today, we recall President Franklin Roosevelt’s 1941 Four Freedoms address, which inspired the Universal Declaration, and which the United Nations selected as this year’s theme for International Human Rights Day.

The “four freedoms” – of speech and religion, from want and fear – are as relevant and compelling today as they were when Roosevelt spoke almost three quarters of a century ago.

For more: http://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2015/12/250541.htm

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Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 1950, the Assembly passed resolution 423 (V), inviting all States and interested organizations to observe 10 December of each year as Human Rights Day.

This year’s Human Rights Day is devoted to the launch of a year-long campaign for the 50t hanniversary of the two International Covenants on Human Rights: the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which were adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 16 December 1966.

The two Covenants, together with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, form the International Bill of Human Rights, setting out the civil, political, cultural, economic, and social rights that are the birth right of all human beings.

“Our Rights. Our Freedoms. Always.” aims to promote and raise awareness of the two Covenants on their 50th anniversary. The year-long campaign revolves around the theme of rights and freedoms — freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear — which underpin the International Bill of Human Rights are as relevant today as they were when the Covenants were adopted 50 years ago.

For more: http://www.un.org/en/events/humanrightsday/

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The International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 (Public Law 105–292, as amended by Public Law 106–55, Public Law 106–113, Public Law 107–228, Public Law 108–332, and Public Law 108–458) was passed to promote religious freedom as a foreign policy of the United States, and to advocate on the behalf of the individuals viewed as persecuted in foreign countries on the account of religion. The Act was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on October 27, 1998. Three cooperative entities have been maintained by this act to monitor religious persecution.

  1. An Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom within the Department of State,
  2. bipartisan United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, and
  3. Special Adviser on International Religious Freedom within the National Security Council.

While the original bill imposed mandatory sanctions on the countries supporting religious persecution, the amended act offers the president a waiverprovision if he feels that it would further the goal of the bill or promote the interests of U.S. national security not to impose measures on a designated country.

For more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Religious_Freedom_Act_of_1998

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  1. WH

    Saturday, December 12, 2015

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    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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  2. International Human Rights Day 2015
    John Kerry
    Secretary of StateWashington, DC
    December 10, 2015

    The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was forged in the aftermath of World War II to protect freedom and prevent future atrocities. As we commemorate it today, we recall President Franklin Roosevelt’s 1941 Four Freedoms address, which inspired the Universal Declaration, and which the United Nations selected as this year’s theme for International Human Rights Day.

    The “four freedoms” – of speech and religion, from want and fear – are as relevant and compelling today as they were when Roosevelt spoke almost three quarters of a century ago.

    For more: http://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2015/12/250541.htm

    • International Human Rights Day

      Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 1950, the Assembly passed resolution 423 (V), inviting all States and interested organizations to observe 10 December of each year as Human Rights Day.

      This year’s Human Rights Day is devoted to the launch of a year-long campaign for the 50t hanniversary of the two International Covenants on Human Rights: the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which were adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 16 December 1966.

      The two Covenants, together with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, form the International Bill of Human Rights, setting out the civil, political, cultural, economic, and social rights that are the birth right of all human beings.

      “Our Rights. Our Freedoms. Always.” aims to promote and raise awareness of the two Covenants on their 50th anniversary. The year-long campaign revolves around the theme of rights and freedoms — freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear — which underpin the International Bill of Human Rights are as relevant today as they were when the Covenants were adopted 50 years ago.

      For more: http://www.un.org/en/events/humanrightsday/

  3. West Wing Week: 12/11/2015 or, “Notorious RBG”

    Published on Dec 11, 2015

    Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue — and beyond. This week, the President addressed artists in the East Room, the nation from the Oval Office, and Congress on Capitol Hill. Meanwhile, the Vice President traveled to Ukraine. And the White House celebrated Hanukkah. That’s December 4th to December 10th or, “Notorious RBG.”

  4. Weekly Address: Standing Strong in the Face of Terrorism

    Remarks of President Barack Obama
    Weekly Address
    The White House

    December 12, 2015

    Hello, everybody. This week, Americans across our country have shown what it means to be strong in the face of terrorism. In San Bernardino, even as the community continues to grieve, people are refusing to be ruled by fear. Across the county, dedicated public servants are on the job – and more will be returning to work this week. Faith communities have come together in fellowship and prayer. Families lined the streets for the annual children’s Christmas parade—because we can’t let terrorists change how we live our lives.

    Meanwhile, our men and women in uniform are stepping up our campaign to destroy ISIL. Our airstrikes are hitting ISIL harder than ever, in Iraq and Syria. We’re taking out more of their fighters and leaders, their weapons, their oil tankers. Our Special Operations Forces are on the ground—because we’re going to hunt down these terrorists wherever they try to hide. In recent weeks, our strikes have taken out the ISIL finance chief, a terrorist leader in Somalia and the ISIL leader in Libya. Our message to these killers is simple—we will find you, and justice will be done.

    This week, we’ll move forward on all fronts. On Monday, I’ll go to the Pentagon. And there, I’ll review our military campaign and how we can continue to accelerate our efforts. Later in the week, I’ll go to the National Counterterrorism Center. There, I’ll review our efforts—across our entire government—to prevent attacks and protect our homeland. And this week, the Department of Homeland Security will update its alert system to ensure Americans get more information, including steps that you and your communities can take to be vigilant and to stay safe.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/12/12/weekly-address-standing-strong-face-terrorism

    • Saudi Arabia announces 34-state Islamic military alliance against terrorism

      12/14/15 By Noah Browning – Reuters

      DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia on Tuesday announced the formation of a 34-state Islamic military coalition to combat terrorism, according to a joint statement published on state news agency SPA.

      “The countries here mentioned have decided on the formation of a military alliance led by Saudi Arabia to fight terrorism, with a joint operations center based in Riyadh to coordinate and support military operations,” the statement said.

      A long list of Arab countries such as Egypt, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, together with Islamic countries Turkey, Malaysia, Pakistan and Gulf Arab and African states were mentioned.

      The announcement cited “a duty to protect the Islamic nation from the evils of all terrorist groups and organizations whatever their sect and name which wreak death and corruption on earth and aim to terrorize the innocent.”

      For more: http://news.yahoo.com/saudi-arabia-announces-34-state-islamic-military-alliance-002409921.html

  5. Arson Suspected at California Mosque

    December 12, 2015 1:37 AM VOAnews

    A fire erupted in a mosque in southern California Friday, little more than a week after a radical Islamic couple killed 14 people in the same U.S. state.

    The blaze tore through the building’s lobby shortly before afternoon prayer service. No one was hurt.

    Riverside County officials suspect the fire in Coachella was arson. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are participating in the investigation.

    For more: http://www.voanews.com/content/california-mosque-fire/3100069.html

    • Coachella Man Arrested in Firebombing of Riverside County Mosque

      DECEMBER 12, 2015 POSTED BY CASSIA POLLOCK – timesofsandiego

      A 23-year-old man from Coachella was arrested in connection with the firebombing of a mosque, and remained jailed there on Saturday.

      Carl Dial, 23, of Coachella, was arrested Friday night for suspicion of commission of a hate crime, arson, maliciously setting a fire, and second degree burglary, according to county jail records.

      Jail officials and sheriff’s deputies on Saturday would not publicly link the Friday night arrest to that day’s firebombing of the Islamic Society of Coachella Valley. But the Los Angeles Times reported the arrest was for that alleged crime.

      Dial was booked at the Riverside County jail in Indio, and held in lieu of $150,000 bail. Until Saturday, deputies would say they had detained a “person of interest.”

      Worshipper at the mosque said a “Molotov cocktail-like device” was thrown into the building’s reception area at 12:09 p.m. Friday.

      For more: http://timesofsandiego.com/crime/2015/12/12/coachella-man-arrested-for-firebombing-islamic-mosque/

  6. December 12, 2015

    Statement by the President on the Paris Climate Agreement

    STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT
    ON THE PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT

    Cabinet Room

    5:30 P.M. EST

    THE PRESIDENT: In my first inaugural address, I committed this country to the tireless task of combating climate change and protecting this planet for future generations.

    Two weeks ago, in Paris, I said before the world that we needed a strong global agreement to accomplish this goal — an enduring agreement that reduces global carbon pollution and sets the world on a course to a low-carbon future.

    A few hours ago, we succeeded. We came together around the strong agreement the world needed. We met the moment.

    I want to commend President Hollande and Secretary General Ban for their leadership and for hosting such a successful summit, and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius for presiding with patience and resolve. And I want to give a special thanks to Secretary John Kerry, my Senior Advisor Brian Deese, our chief negotiator Todd Stern, and everyone on their teams for their outstanding work and for making America proud.

    I also want to thank the people of nearly 200 nations — large and small, developed and developing — for working together to confront a threat to the people of all nations. Together, we’ve shown what’s possible when the world stands as one.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/12/12/statement-president-paris-climate-agreement

    • December 12, 2015

      U.S. Leadership and the Historic Paris Agreement to Combat Climate Change

      U.S. LEADERSHIP AND THE HISTORIC PARIS AGREEMENT TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE

      Today, more than 190 countries came together to adopt the most ambitious climate change agreement in history. The Paris Agreement establishes a long term, durable global framework to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. For the first time, all countries commit to putting forward successive and ambitious, nationally determined climate targets and reporting on their progress towards them using a rigorous, standardized process of review.

      The Agreement provides strong assurance to developing countries that they will be supported as they pursue clean and climate resilient growth. The deal builds on the unprecedented participation of 187 countries that submitted post-2020 climate action targets in advance of the meeting, and establishes a framework to ratchet up ambition by driving down global emissions in the decades to come.

      This new global framework lays the foundation for countries to work together to put the world on a path to keeping global temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius and sets an ambitious vision to go even farther than that. This Agreement sends a strong signal to the private sector that the global economy is moving towards clean energy, and that through innovation and ingenuity, we can achieve our climate objectives while creating new jobs, raising standards of living and lifting millions out of poverty.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/12/12/us-leadership-and-historic-paris-agreement-combat-climate-change

    • The one word that almost sank the climate talks

      U.S. tactics during the negotiations included making a last-minute tweak to the text and amassing a huge coalition to help pressure China and India.

      12/12/15 07:51 PM EST By Andrew Restuccia – politico

      LE BOURGET, France — After years of preparation and two weeks of tireless negotiations, after all the speeches and backroom compromising, one misplaced word brought the momentum toward a historic global deal on climate change to a halt Saturday — for at least a few hours.

      Obama administration lawyers discovered early in the day that the latest draft text had a potentially deal-killing tweak: Deep into the document, in Article 4, was a line declaring that wealthier countries “shall” set economy-wide targets for cutting their greenhouse gas pollution.

      That may not sound like such a headache-inducing roadblock, but in the world of international climate negotiations, every word counts. In previous drafts, the word “shall” had been “should” — and in the lingo of U.N. climate agreements, “shall” implies legal obligation and “should” does not. That means the word change could have obliged the Obama administration to submit the final deal to the Senate for its approval. And inevitably, the GOP-led chamber would kill it on sight.

      “When I looked at that, I said, ‘We cannot do this and we will not do this,'” Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters afterward. “‘And either it changes or President Obama and the United States will not be able to support this agreement.’”

      And so the scrambling began. With the clock ticking and the start of the talks’ final meeting already delayed by several hours, top U.S. negotiators huddled in a cavernous plenary hall in this suburb of Paris trying to get the language changed. At the same time, supporters of the deal feared that re-opening the text would lead to a flood of revisions from other countries, possibly swamping the entire effort.

      In the end, the U.S. persuaded the summit’s French hosts to change the wording, and the tweak was read aloud by a delegate in the plenary hall, lost in a package of other technical revisions. Minutes later, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius banged his gavel and the most significant international climate change deal in history won the resounding approval of 196 governments, representing nearly every country on the planet.

      Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/12/paris-climate-talks-tic-toc-216721

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