International Human Rights Day 2016

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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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11 thoughts on “International Human Rights Day 2016

  1. WH

    Friday, December 9, 2016

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Obama attends meetings at the White House

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    Vice President Biden attends a welcoming ceremony by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
    Confederation Hall (Rotunda), Centre Block, Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ontario

    9:15 AM
    Vice President Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hold a bilateral meeting
    Confederation Hall (Rotunda), Centre Block, Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ontario

    10:00 AM
    10:15 AM
    Vice President Biden participate in a roundtable discussion with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, First Ministers, and National Indigenous Leaders
    John G. Diefenbaker Building, Ottawa, Ontario

    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    12:30 PM
    White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz briefs the press

    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

    Vice President Biden deoarts Ottawa, Ontario for Washington D.C.

  2. 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. It’s a wonderful declaration and something to strive for but what a shame that there is not a lot of manifestation of it. So many people from many places are afraid.

    • December 09, 2016

      Readout of Vice President Biden’s Meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada

      The Vice President met today with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa, where they discussed the importance of maintaining and expanding the world’s most comprehensive trade relationship. The two leaders underscored the breadth and depth of bilateral cooperation on a range of global issues, including their commitment to NATO, the counter-ISIL campaign, supporting Ukraine, and combating global climate change. The Prime Minister highlighted his initiatives to improve the welfare of Canada’s First Nations and praised the Vice President’s work to develop policies to reduce violence against women and girls. The Vice President emphasized the importance of strengthening the North American partnership between the United States, Canada, and Mexico, and noted that the region has the potential to become the epicenter of the world’s energy market. The two leaders pledged their commitment to a hemisphere that is democratic, middle‎ class, and secure.

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      12/12/16 FACT SHEET: Release of the Joint United States-Canada Electric Grid Security and Resilience Strategy

  4. Dick Durbin, Lindsey Graham Unveil Bill To Stop Donald Trump From Ending Protections For Dreamers

    The president-elect vowed to end the program that protects them.

    12/09/2016 11:17 am ET | Updated 1 hour ago

    WASHINGTON ― Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) unveiled legislation on Friday to protect young undocumented immigrants from deportation under President-elect Donald Trump ― now the question is whether it will work.

    The bill, called the Bridge Act, would effectively maintain the protections of President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. More than 740,000 young people were granted deportation reprieve and work permits under the program, but could now lose those protections, should Trump follow through on a promise to end DACA immediately upon taking office.

    The Durbin-Graham measure could serve two purposes: If it passes, so-called Dreamers could live without constant fear of deportation and continue to legally work and drive. If it doesn’t, it could still put pressure on Trump to keep away from DACA recipients.

    Democrats, joined by only a few Republicans, are scrambling to find ways to protect the Dreamers they’ve urged to come forward to the government. Durbin has been one of the top advocates for Dreamers. He introduced the Dream Act that gave them their name in 2001 and he pushed for Obama to create DACA when that legislation failed.

    The Dream Act would have granted Dreamers a path to legal status, as would the 2013 immigration reform bill that Durbin and Graham helped draft. Their new bill would put DACA recipients into a new type of status, “provisional protected presence,” that would last for three years from enactment, Durbin said Friday on the Senate floor. It would not be constrained to only those who currently have DACA: eligible individuals who have not yet applied could be granted provisional protected presence as well, he said.

    The Bridge Act should be later replaced with broader immigration reform, Durbin said.

    For more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/dick-durbin-lindsey-graham-daca-bill_us_5849592ce4b0f9723d005cd5

  5. Obama orders review of Russian hacking during presidential campaign

    December 9 at 11:53 AM By Ellen Nakashima and Philip Rucker – washingtonpos

    President Obama has ordered a “full review” of Russian hacking during the November election, as pressure from Congress has grown for greater public understanding of exactly what Moscow did to interfere in the electoral process.

    “We may have crossed into a new threshold, and it is incumbent upon us to take stock of that, to review, to conduct some after-action, to understand what has happened and to impart some lessons learned,” Obama’s counterterrorism and homeland-security adviser, Lisa Monaco, told reporters at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.

    Obama wants the report before he leaves office on Jan. 20, Monaco said.

    On Oct. 7, the intelligence community officially accused Moscow of seeking to interfere in the election through the hacking of “political organizations.” Though the statement never specified which party, it was clear officials were referring to cyber-intrusions into the computers of the Democratic National Committee and other Democratic Party groups. Hacked emails that were damaging to the party and its presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, soon after appeared on websites such as WikiLeaks.

    For more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/obama-orders-review-of-russian-hacking-during-presidential-campaign/2016/12/09/31d6b300-be2a-11e6-94ac-3d324840106c_story.html?utm_term=.83e07eeb8837

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