Posts Tagged ‘human rights’

Quote of the day, Dec. 11

December 11, 2015

Eleanor Roosevelt, on human rights

“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home—so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm, or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.”

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Quote of the day, May 4

May 4, 2015

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein (2015)

“Quality journalism enables citizens to make informed decisions about their society’s development. It also works to expose injustice, corruption, and the abuse of power. Freedom of expression and press freedom are not luxury attributes that can wait until sustainable development has been achieved—it is an enabler for the enjoyment of all human rights and, therefore, vital to good governance and the rule of law.”

Quote of the day, June 17

June 17, 2014

Jimmy Carter, on human rights (1981)

“America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense, it is the other way round. Human rights invented America.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 7

December 7, 2010

Ronald J. Krotoszynski Jr., on the protection of freedom of speech

“The presence of a written guarantee protecting the freedom of speech is not a panacea … (more…)