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Human Rights Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Human Rights

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Additionally, any Human Rights Council reform that
allows countries with despicable human rights records to remain as members,
such as China and Saudi Arabia, is not real reform.
- Michael McCaul

The UN declaration on human rights must always be first
in line before religion or other cultural habits,
in case of any conflict between them.
- Bjorn Ulvaeus

But if USA has 1.3 billion people, USA would have the
same human rights problem just like China.
- Alex Chiu

Global markets must be balanced by global values such
as respect for human rights and international law,
democracy, security and sustainable economic and environmental development.
- Anna Lindh

 

Emancipation from every kind of bondage is my principle.
I go for recognition of human rights,
without distinction of sect, party, sex,
or color.
- Ernestine L. Rose

The idea of human rights as a fundamental principle
can be seen to underlie throughout Islamic teachings.
- Ali Hoseini-Khamenei

The belief in some being who can be the judge of all
human matters is a very comfortable one -
all wrongs will be righted and all rights will be rewarded.
- Eli Khamarov

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Nobody and nothing will stop Russia on the road to
strengthening democracy and ensuring human rights and freedoms.
- Vladimir Putin

Upholding human rights is not merely compatible with fighting terrorism,
it is essential.
- Joichi Ito

I believe all Americans who believe in freedom,
tolerance and human rights have a responsibility to
oppose bigotry and prejudice based on sexual orientation.
- Coretta Scott King

The only way to do the human rights thing is to do
the right thing medically.
- Paul Farmer

We also intend to deal with the issue of incorporating
basic human rights into our new constitution.
- Chen Shui-bian

Life is not a matter of place, things or comfort;
rather,
it concerns the basic human rights of family,
country, justice and human dignity.
- Imelda Marcos

I AM what is called a Feminist.
Thirty years ago I left a monastery and began a sane human existence.
Within two or three years, I find, I was defending the rights of women.
- Joseph McCabe

I knew Rita Hayworth only enough to know that she was just a tender,
sensitive, beautiful human being.
A lovely person.
Very gentle.
She would never stand up for her rights.
- Kim Novak

And also a lot of Muslims are no more religious then the average Swede.
For them it's natural that human rights come first.
- Bjorn Ulvaeus

From the beginning of our history the country has been
afflicted with compromise.
It is by compromise that human rights have been abandoned.
- Charles Sumner

To no human charter am I indebted for my rights.
- Gerrit Smith

I am strongly pro-life, and have fought to protect
the rights of the unborn my entire career.
I will continue to fight for this cause because I value
the sanctity of all human life.
- Rob Bishop

In a few decades, the relationship between the environment,
resources and conflict may seem almost as obvious as
the connection we see today between human rights,
democracy and peace.
- Wangari Maathai

"Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole
philosophy of human rights.
- Dag Hammarskjold

Maybe I'm less sensitive to these issues because I
see that what people need first is economic security,
and only when they have that can they afford to focus on human rights.
- Peter Munk

Safeguarding the rights of others is the most noble
and beautiful end of a human being.
- Khalil Gibran

Our political and constitutional rights,
so called, are but the natural and inherent rights of man,
asserted, carried out, and secured by modes of human contrivance.
- Gerrit Smith

Wherever there is a human being, I see God-given rights inherent in that being,
whatever may be the sex or complexion.
- William Lloyd Garrison

Deny human rights, and however little you may wish to do so,
you will find yourself abjectly kneeling at the feet of that old-world god,
Force.
- Auberon Herbert

The world must know that America holds to the highest
standards of military conduct and human rights protections.
Anything less is unacceptable.
- Barbara Mikulski

America did not invent human rights.
In a very real sense, it is the other way around.
Human rights invented America.
- Jimmy Carter

Today, Academies of Science use their influence around
the world in support of human rights.
- John Charles Polanyi

However, if the religions in essence merely repeat
statements from the United Nations Human Rights Declaration,
such a Declaration becomes superfluous;
an ethic is more than rights.
- Hans Kung

I am not just a celebrity, I'm a human-rights advocate for the last 20 years.
- Bianca Jagger

Nothing gets a bigger laugh than when you refer to
things like ethics or human rights.
- Ron Silver

The human rights community has focused very narrowly
on political and civil rights for many decades,
and with reason, but now we have to ask how can we broaden the view.
- Paul Farmer

There is no room for legal hair-splitting when it comes
to the humane treatment of detainees -
not in a nation founded on the rule of law and respect for human rights.
- Dick Durbin

If you don't want women to do whatever they need to
do then you must provide them with food,
you must provide them with shelter and their basic human rights.
- Emma Thompson

To me, a feminist belongs in the same category as a
humanist or an advocate for human rights.
I don't see why someone who's a feminist should be thought of differently.
- Suzanne Vega

Liberty, freedom and democracy are very fuzzy words,
but human rights is very specific.
- Joichi Ito

The issue of human rights is one of the most fundamental
human issues and also one of the most sensitive and controversial.
- Ali Hoseini-Khamenei

I hope the example of Saddam Hussein will give a lesson
to leaders of other countries where human rights are not respected.
- Shirin Ebadi

I'm pretty political when it comes to human rights and things like that.
- Peter Krause

Cultural variety is always worth striving for,
but must never precede the declaration of human rights.
- Bjorn Ulvaeus

There are two things that I put my focus on.
One is the fight against AIDS and finding a cure.
The other is human rights.
- Judith Light

At the Carter Center we work with victims of oppression,
and we give support to human rights heroes.
- Jimmy Carter

Books and opinions, no matter from whom they came,
if they are in opposition to human rights,
are nothing but dead letters.
- Ernestine L. Rose

We receive reports now on a daily basis from our own
people on the ground in Darfur on widespread atrocities
and grave violations of human rights against the civilian population.
- Jan Egeland

We have in the last two years, we have passed 350 legislation in the parliament,
most of which deal with democratization,
human rights, and of course, economy.
- Bulent Ecevit

Habituated from our Infancy to trample upon the Rights of Human Nature,
every generous, every liberal Sentiment,
if not extinguished, is enfeebled in our Minds.
- George Mason

Few governments in the world, for example,
praise human rights more ardently than does the government of France,
and few have a worse record of supporting tyrants and killers.
- Richard Perle

America's support for human rights and democracy is
our noblest export to the world.
- William Bennett

Whose rights will we acknowledge? Whose human dignity
will we respect? For whose well-being will we,
as a people, assume responsibility?
- Robert Casey

Human rights is a universal standard.
It is a component of every religion and every civilization.
- Shirin Ebadi

For about ten years now, the struggle for democracy
and the respect of human rights has been in the focus point -
if not a commodity -
of political groups aiming to rise to power.
- Omar Bongo

Human rights are praised more than ever -
and violated as much as ever.
- Anna Lindh

Let me reassure that the Kingdom of Cambodia a country with independence,
neutrality, peace, freedom, democracy and human rights as you all have seen,
shall be existing with no end.
- Hun Sen

Currently, the United States provides 22 percent of the U.N.
annual budgets, over $900 million in fiscal year 2007,
and some of that funding goes to the Human Rights Council.
- Michael McCaul

We must take proactive steps to promote democracy and human rights abroad.
- Sam Brownback

We treat sex so casually and use it for everything
but what it is-which is ultimately making another human
being with thoughts and feelings and rights.
- Lisa Kudrow

No!
on Human Rights and Freedom, on a subject that is as
self-evident as that two and two make four,
there is no need of any written authority.
- Ernestine L. Rose

Since achieving their independence in 1992,
the people of Croatia have built a democratic society
based on the rule of law,
respect for human rights, and a free market economy.
- Elton Gallegly

In situations of military conflict, civil strife,
lawlessness, bad governance, and human rights violations,
terrorists find it easier to hide, train and prepare their attacks.
- Gijs de Vries

This foundational principle - that human beings derive their rights from God,
rather than from the State, or any other source -
is what made America different.
- Ernie Fletcher

We must do all we can to help improve the deplorable
human rights situation of the North Korean people.
- Evan Bayh

Iran has a dismal record on human rights.
- Howard Berman

All governments should be pressured to correct their abuses of human rights.
- Richard Stallman

Those religions that are oppressive to women are also against democracy,
human rights, and freedom of expression.
- Taslima Nasrin

No references to the need to fight terror can be an
argument for restricting human rights.
- Vladimir Putin

It is time in the West to defend not so much human
rights as human obligations.
- Alexander Solzehnitsyn

As a human rights issue, the effort to end violence
against women becomes a government's obligation,
not just a good idea.
- Charlotte Bunch

Being a humanitarian, supporting animal rights activists,
human rights activists, it's all the same.
- Daryl Hannah

The idea of cultural relativism is nothing but an excuse to violate human rights.
- Shirin Ebadi

In Uzbekistan, hundreds of protesters were recently
killed under the corrupt regime of President Karimov
in what human rights groups are calling a massacre.
- Ed Markey


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