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Kelly Behre
When Obama (and Biden) became the symbols of politicians who wanted to take action to combat campus sexual assault, the issue was dragged into the anti-Obama narrative. For example, in her speech this month, DeVos claimed Obama had 'weaponized' the Office for Civil Rights.feedback
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Sep 22 2017
You can find on this page a variety of quotes, by one or many people, on what they said about Human Rights. 542 people are quoted and you can read 693 citations of them about Human Rights. Rex W. Tillerson, Tim Cook, Nikki Haley and Jeff Sessions, are those who have spoken the most about this topic. Rex W. Tillerson said: “Religious persecution and intolerance remains far too prevalent. Almost 80 percent of the global population live with restrictions on or hostilities to limit their freedom of religion. Where religious freedom is not protected, we know that instability, human rights abuses, and violent extremism have a greater opportunity to take root. ISIS has and continues to target members of multiple religions and ethnicities for rape, kidnapping, enslavement, and death.”.
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David Miliband - International Rescue Committee

I think it is very important that this does not become personalised around one person, and I think that it is very important in the week the United Nations General Assembly meets in New York that there is a unified message that says that the basic norms of human rights and protection of minorities but also the essential need for humanitarian aid to flow, that those norms are followed in Myanmar just as elsewhere and it's very important that the political complexity inside a country does not overwhelm fundamental rights.feedback

David Klinger

It's a civil liberties issue. If the police actually are in charge, if they actually own the night, that's a police state, not a free country.feedback

Henry Jarvis Raymond

Resistance to law is always an offence against the peace of society. A party of whites attempted to arrest several negroes, claiming them as their property, under a law of the United States. With the passage of this amendment the Republic enters upon a new stage of its great career. It is hereafter to be, what it has never been hitherto, thoroughly democratic – resting on human rights as its basis, and aiming at the greatest good and the highest happiness of all its people.feedback

Jo Swinson

A few years ago it would have seemed inconceivable that in such a crisis, China would be a voice of reason, and Russia more measured than America. The politics of the bully is back. Human rights are trampled. Climate change is denied. Hate and division are spread like poison into society. Brexit will make it harder to follow our values, to protect human rights, to tackle climate change, to solve global problems.feedback

Jo Swinson

It reminds us that neither side of the political spectrum has a monopoly on undermining democracy and abusing human rights. And it beggars belief that Jeremy Corbyn would rather defend a tenuous link to socialism than condemn these atrocities.feedback

Jo Swinson

We are absolutely right to fight for an exit from Brexit. Brexit will make it harder to follow our values, to protect human rights, to tackle climate change, to solve global problems. An exit from Brexit is necessary, but not sufficient.feedback

Hazel Dawe

Suu Kyi has been widely admired in Oxford, to which she has a close personal connection, for her courageous stance on human rights in Burma, for her persistence against the odds and for remaining stubbornly peaceful in the face of military aggression.feedback

M. Iqbal Hossain

There is an instruction from the prime minister that we must treat Rohingya Muslims maintaining human rights. As many private and social organizations are coming and distributing relief, sometimes chaos breaks out ... You understand the scale of a humanitarian crisis here, it's very difficult to keep order, but we are doing so.feedback

Louise Whitfield

It's astonishing that the government has done nothing since the committee published their report a year ago today. One of the key problems that schools raise is the lack of adequate guidance from central government. It's so poor that it's creating a situation where it's inevitable that schools will breach girls' human rights and will discriminate against them.feedback

Louise Whitfield

Either the school does nothing or takes action that's wholly inadequate to protect her human rights or the rights of other girls in the school.feedback

Benedikt Sveinsson

I did not think of it as something that would justify Hjalti's position. I never considered 'restored honour' as anything but a legal procedure making it possible for convicted criminals to regain some civil rights. I would like to apologise to all those who have been hurt because of the matter.feedback

Boris Johnson

It's vital for her now to make clear that this is an abomination, and that these people will be allowed back. That those people will be allowed back to Burma and that preparation is being made, and that the abuse of their human rights and the killings–hundreds, perhaps even thousands–then the killings will stop.feedback

Michael Steinberg - American Civil Liberties Union

At first, I didn't think it was a case we were going to be interested in, but the more I looked into it, I realized it was really a quintessential civil liberties issue. No one disputes the fact there may be certain Juggalos out there engaged in criminal activity, but it's not because of their support of the music or the affinity with other Juggalos. It's no different than Yankee fans committing crimes with a Yankee hat on.feedback

Kirsten Gillibrand

Her presence spoke volumes about the importance of whatever activism we were working on. She really was an iconic leader, one that people could see and understand. She was the grande dame of civil rights for gay Americans.feedback

Dimitris Avramopoulos

We also need to redouble our efforts to provide assistance to the migrants stranded in Libya and .... exposed to unacceptable, inhumane treatment and human rights violations.feedback

Nancy Chi Cantalupo

It is downright dangerous, to conflate civil rights and criminal justice approaches to sexual violence and allow criminal justice responses to dominate our collective imagination regarding how to address this violence.feedback

Tim Cook - Apple

Our hearts go out to all of the people whose lives have been disrupted by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey. You're in our thoughts, we send you our strength, you are in our prayers. Hate is a cancer and, left unchecked, it destroys everything in its path. We put our weight behind lots of things in the civil rights area. Similarly, I think it's key that people think about what they stand for and help their communities. We always say that we want to leave the world better than we found it. So, we try to thoughtfully decide how we can do that.feedback

Tim Cook - Apple

I disagree with the president and others who believe that there is a moral equivalence between white supremacists and Nazis, and those who oppose them by standing up for human rights. Equating the two runs counter to our ideals as Americans.feedback

Phay Siphan

Cambodia still cooperates with the U.S. But while the U.S. tells the world that it respects human rights, in reality they don't. They just drop bombs to kill people.feedback

Michael Davey

At no time did we ever believe that there was evidence that any of the officers violated anyone's civil rights or were guilty of violating any federal laws.feedback

Joseph Murtha

He's been back on the force, and he's very relieved. I was always optimistic that at the end of the investigation, they would conclude there'd be no basis for a civil rights investigation.feedback

Reginald Mobley

It also demeans and cheapens the very serious work done by civil rights activists and abolitionists to have the difficult nuances of racism and microaggressions taken seriously.feedback

Jorge Arreaza Montserrat

The strategy used against my country from certain centres of power is a clear example of the use of human rights as a political weapon.feedback

Desmond Tutu

I am now elderly, decrepit and formally retired, but breaking my vow to remain silent on public affairs out of profound sadness about the plight of the Muslim minority in your country, the Rohingya. My dear sister, if the political price of your ascension to the highest office in Myanmar is your silence, the price is surely too steep... We pray for you to speak out for justice, human rights and the unity of your people. We pray for you to intervene. The images we are seeing of the suffering of the Rohingya fill us with pain and dread.feedback

Jean-Julien Rojer

I've been wearing it all around. I have the Lady Liberty jacket, and I have another one that has a bunch of people locked in arms – a civil rights march. Hopefully we're moving in that direction.feedback

Desmond Tutu

Discrimination doesn't come naturally; it is taught. As we witness the unfolding horror we pray for you to be courageous and resilient again. We pray for you to speak out for justice, human rights and the unity of your people. We pray for you to intervene in the escalating crisis and guide your people back towards the path of righteousness again.feedback

Betsy DeVos

Rather than engage the public on controversial issues, the (Obama) Department's Office for Civil Rights has issued letters from the desks of unelected and unaccountable political appointees. Instead of working with schools on behalf of students, the prior administration weaponized the Office for Civil Rights to work against schools and against students.feedback

Issa Amro

All my writings on social media are part of the freedom of opinion and expression stipulated by the Palestinian Basic Law and are protected by all international laws and conventions. My arrest will not affect my defense of human rights and the rights of journalists to exercise their work freely and without pressure from the government.feedback

Fatima Goss Graves

There's an overall problem with the message they're sending right now. It matters that you have the head of the Office of Civil Rights repeating rape myths. My really deep worry is that they are not treating this as an issue with the sort of seriousness it deserves.feedback

Catherine E. Lhamon

The clearest and most consistent signal from this administration has been that it is uninterested in civil rights at best, and opposed to civil rights at worst.feedback

Steven Mnuchin

The United States is sending a strong message with this action that we will hold the entire Assad regime accountable for these blatant human rights violations in order to deter the spread of these types of barbaric chemical weapons.feedback

Sigal Mandelker

These actions send a clear message to those enriching themselves at the expense of the South Sudanese people that we will not let them exploit the U.S. financial system to move and hide the proceeds of their corruption. Treasury will forcefully respond to the atrocities ongoing in South Sudan by targeting those who abuse human rights, seek to derail the peace process and obstruct reconciliation in South Sudan.feedback

Naftuli Moster

Both are said to be staunch advocates for children, for human rights, for fairness, yet when it came to education of tens of thousands of Hasidic children they failed us and them miserably. I wasn't taught New York history, so I can't say this for sure, but this appears to be, to me, as one of the biggest scandals in this city.feedback

John Clune

Though the terms will remain confidential, Ms. Doe is satisfied by the outcome. Perhaps more than anything, Ms. Doe feels grateful to have this case resolved. Though she still plans to testify in the criminal matters against Mr. Armstead and Mr. Chatman, having her civil rights case resolved is a healthy step towards recovery. These cases are much harder for rape survivors than some may realize. We would like to thank Baylor's general counsel as well as Baylor President Dr. [Linda] Livingstone for their efforts.feedback

Geng Shuang

We urge the relevant organization to remove their tinted lenses, and objectively and justly view China's human rights development.feedback

Elaine Pearson - Human Rights Watch

I think these are basic human rights and the public doesn't get to vote on basic human rights for anyone. So really what we need is we need a free parliamentary vote, as many other countries around the world have done and yet this government has rejected going down that path. And so Australia is really looking like it has been left behind because, you know, more than 20 other countries from around the world have already legislated on marriage equality.feedback

Kenneth Roth - Human Rights Watch

China's crackdown on human rights activists is the most severe since the Tiananmen Square democracy movement 25 years ago. The stakes are not simply human rights for the one-sixth of the world's population who live in China, but also the survival and effectiveness of the U.N. human rights system for everyone around the globe. But when you put it all together, what it represents is a frontal assault on the U.N. human rights system.feedback

Molly Scott Cato

The relationship between UK companies and our murky offshore tax havens permit the world's corrupt elite to indulge their extravagant lifestyles at public expense. They then use these ill-gotten gains to buy political influence that prevents them from being held to account for human rights abuses and bad government.feedback

Justin Trudeau

In Canada and around the world, we must continue to fight against homophobia, transphobia, and biphobia, and to defend gender expression, gender identity and sexual orientation rights. We deplore the recent, reprehensible reports of violations of the human rights of gay and bisexual men in Chechnya. We call for the protection of all people in Chechnya whose sexual orientation makes them a target for persecution. Human rights have no borders.feedback

John Sifton

The arrest of Kem Sokha is a disastrous setback for Cambodia's human rights situation.feedback

Matteo de Bellis - Amnesty International

Certainly the Turkey deal is seen as a precedent to be followed by several European governments. We have to consider that there is no 'one size fits all' approach and we cannot apply past experiences to a situation like the current situation in Libya for example. Libya is in a situation of widespread human rights violations, affecting all parts of the population but particularly refugees and migrants.feedback

Matteo de Bellis - Amnesty International

We have documented a host of human rights violations committed by those agencies, and particularly the Libyan coast guard, that have been enlisted by the European governments to take control of the central Mediterranean. Right now there are people who have been taken back to Libya, after being intercepted by the Libyan coastguard, and we don't know what is going to happen to them. We're talking about men, women and children who are most likely being detained in the infamous detention centres of Libya, where they are exposed routinely to torture and rape.feedback

Josh Rogin

For almost a decade, the State Department has had a full-time senior official working solely on the issue of human rights in North Korea. As the crisis over the regime’s pursuit of nuclear weapons intensifies, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has decided the envoy is no longer needed. His decision to downgrade the post has caused a backlash in Congress, where lawmakers from both parties see it as an unwise step backward on an important issue at a critical time.feedback

Jill Bloomberg

The DOE has admitted that they initiated an investigation against me based on allegations from a completely unreliable source. Nonetheless, while finding the allegations of Communist organizing to be patently false, they are still threatening disciplinary action based on minor bureaucratic complaints from the same discredited source. Any disciplinary action is simple retaliation for our defense of our students, their civil rights and our advocacy for integration.feedback

Greg Scarlatoiu

Our greatest fear is a trade-off of human rights versus political security concerns. We know that is not the answer.feedback

Lina Attalah

Before the revolution, there was little margin in which we could operate as independent journalists or human rights defenders or women's rights activists. Right now, this margin is becoming tighter like no other time.feedback

Nadeem Murtuja

This is a time for calm heads and people in positions of power, locally and nationally, need to become more visible in their stance towards protecting the human rights of all communities, including the Muslim community.feedback

Joe Biden

The giant forward steps we have taken in recent years on civil liberties and civil rights and human rights are being met by a ferocious pushback from the oldest and darkest forces in America. Are we really surprised they rose up? Are we really surprised they lashed back? Did we really think they would be extinguished with a whimper rather than a fight?feedback

Rand Paul

The militarization of our law enforcement is due to an unprecedented expansion of government power in this realm. I will oppose this move by the AG and administration. And I will continue to fight for our civil liberties and criminal justice reform [...] Any order today still needs to be funded and I'll bring this issue to the Senate floor.feedback

Matt Smith

Suu Kyi's inflammatory propaganda is fuelling anti-Rohingya and anti-aid worker sentiment at a time when she should be doing everything in her power to instill calm and promote human rights.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

There has to be an arrangement in the long term with Europe which is one of tariff-free trade access to Europe that gives protection of the rights, regulations and gains we've made from Europe on workers' rights as well as protection of consumer rights and continued membership of the European institutions, particularly the European Court of Human Rights, but there are many others as well. Could you have a separate arrangement for different parts of the UK.feedback

Jessica Stern

Anyone who believes in human rights should be celebrating. The right to privacy is not just an LGBT issue but one that impacts nearly all aspects of modern life.feedback

Maurico Gutierrez

It's got nothing to do with politics; it's a matter of life and death. We're being persecuted and fighting for our human rights, our lives and our health.feedback

Walter Bustos - Galapagos

We demonstrated that we have the capability to capture that kind of vessel. Ecuador was the first country in the world that declared not only human rights, but nature rights, since 2008, in our constitution. So we are obligated to protect the lives of these fish.feedback

Jared Genser

The Trump administration should maintain its principled position and develop human rights benchmarks for Egypt to follow.feedback

Julie Bishop

On both occasions that I've met with President Duterte, I've raised the issue of human rights and the extrajudicial killings.feedback

Rob Berschinski

This was the first time there has ever been a Security Council meeting solely dedicated to the concept that human rights and peace and security are inextricable from one another. It reflected Ambassador Haley's genuine interest and belief that there is a direct link between how a government treats its own people and international peace and security.feedback

Sharif El-Mekki

If you ever wondered what it would be like to live in the Civil Rights movement, and what role you would play, realize that you are in it right now.feedback

Arpee Santiago

Kian's plight is a wake-up call of why we need to safeguard human rights. It is a much needed jolt.feedback

Baskut Tuncak

While the UK has played a leading role in tackling modern slavery, it has turned a blind eye to the human rights impacts of UK business regarding their toxic supply and value chains.feedback

Robert Satloff

It is unusual that the Trump administration would take a punitive measure against Egypt, given the president's outreach to President Sisi and his general embrace of this Egyptian government. I would not say reports of difficulties with Egypt's human rights situation or its connection with North Korea are new.feedback

Keith Hiatt - Benetech

There are probably 200 or so civil-society organizations working on Syria alone. Some have risked their lives, others have given their lives to document the atrocities and document human rights violations.feedback

Eva Pils

To a wider TV audience, it is meant to discredit human rights defenders as people who fabricate stories that smear the image of the motherland for their own personal gain or self-promotion. Over all, it has the effect of giving one a sense that the authorities are in control of the truth.feedback

Laurent Gaberell

Paraquat causes thousands of poisonings every year in developing countries. The UK bears an enormous responsibility … To subject individuals of other countries to pesticides known to cause major health damage or fatality is a clear human rights violation.feedback

Christian Gregory

From comedy to civil rights to a life dedicated to equality, he never waned. Immeasurable generational sacrifice. A transformative blockbuster comedian who obliterated the color line.feedback

Claudia Mo

I'm trying to send the message that if you fight for human rights, democracy and the rule of law, then it is a crime. And if it's a crime, then we are all criminals. I believe they are prisoners of conscience.feedback

Michal Kosinski

We're no longer asking whether all people have human rights, or if schools should be racially integrated.feedback

Theodore M. Shaw

It is only now, when racism is widely considered to be immoral, that racists argue moral equivalency in opposition to civil rights advocates. Donald Trump and what he said yesterday is regressive – it's looking backward, it's taking us back. This is extraordinary in ways that I think it's difficult for most Americans, as shocked as people of good will are, to really comprehend. This is someone who occupies the White House, who has no moral bottom when it comes to racism, and who has in many ways encouraged hatred and bigotry in his quest for power.feedback

Kristian Coates Ulrichsen

They felt they could do business with the Trump administration without any real focus on thorny issues such as human rights or questions of governance that have complicated bilateral ties with other presidencies in the past.feedback

Frank Amedure Jr.

What's it going to be like, if I'm out somewhere and I bump into him? I don't know how he feels about a lot of the issues that he was being scrutinized for, like civil rights. How does he feel about homosexuality now? How does he feel about what he did?feedback

Ada Colau

Once again, I want to say that Barcelona is still standing and we're not afraid. We're united by the values of democracy, human rights, and co-existence.feedback

Mariano Rajoy

Regretfully, we Spaniards are familiar with the pain caused by terrorism. We have suffered blows like this in our recent history. But we also know that terrorists can be beaten. They can be beaten through institutional unity, police cooperation, prevention, international support, and the firm determination to defend the values of our civilization: democracy, freedom and human rights.feedback

Christopher Robinson - Lux Research

But that $3.8 million is long gone. She paid back her parents and grandma, who took out mortgages to move to Italy during her case and pay her lawyers. And she still has massive legal bills. She has a lawyer in Italy taking her case to the European Court of Human Rights, arguing that Italy violated her rights and owes her compensation.feedback

Tim Cook - Apple

We put our weight behind lots of things in the civil rights area. Similarly, I think it's key that people think about what they stand for and help their communities. We always say that we want to leave the world better than we found it. So, we try to thoughtfully decide how we can do that. If hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it's worth the trade-off with my own privacy.feedback

Betsy DeVos

I'm disgusted by the behavior and hate-filled rhetoric displayed near the University of Virginia in #Charlottesville. It is every American's right to speak their mind, but there is no room for violence or hatred. This is what makes our work so important. Our Department, and particularly the Office for Civil Rights, exists to ensure all students have equal access to a safe, nurturing, quality learning environment free from discrimination or intimidation.feedback

Shannon Sickles

This is a long term, many years ahead appeal process to bring human rights to all citizens in Northern Ireland.feedback

Rodrigo Duterte

Tell them, Police, shoot those who are part of it.' If they are obstructing justice, you shoot them. So they can really see the kinds of human rights.feedback

Derek Lam

The court of Hong Kong is a slave of the Chinese government. The judge does acknowledge that democracy, freedom and human rights are the reasons Joshua is doing this. He just kept insisting that they were inciting violence.feedback

Ralph Northam

I support City of Charlottesville's decision to remove the Robert E. Lee statue. I believe these statutes should be taken down and moved into museums. As governor, I am going to be a vocal advocate for that approach and work with localities on this issue. We should also do more to elevate the parts of our history that have all too often been underrepresented. That means memorializing civil rights advocates like Barbara Johns and Oliver Hill, who helped move our Commonwealth closer towards equality.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

Religious persecution and intolerance remains far too prevalent. Almost 80 percent of the global population live with restrictions on or hostilities to limit their freedom of religion. Where religious freedom is not protected, we know that instability, human rights abuses, and violent extremism have a greater opportunity to take root. ISIS has and continues to target members of multiple religions and ethnicities for rape, kidnapping, enslavement, and death.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

ISIS has and continues to target members of multiple religions and ethnicities for rape, kidnapping, enslavement and death. The protection of these groups and others who are targets of violent extremism remains a human rights priority for the Trump administration.feedback

Katrina vanden Heuvel

The Justice Department is opening a civil rights investigation into her death. But it’s fair to ask if it’s up to the task under Sessions.feedback

James Grossman

We would not want to whitewash our history by pretending that Jim Crow and disenfranchisement or massive resistance to the civil rights movement never happened. That is the part of our history that these monuments testify to.feedback

Jimmy Fallon

They've fought and died on the right side of history. One brave woman in Charlottesville, Heather Heyer, died standing up for what's right at the age of 32. I can't look at my beautiful, growing, curious daughters and say nothing when this kind of thing is happening. We all need to stand against what is wrong, acknowledge that racism exists, and stand up for what is right, and civil, and kind. And to show the next generation that we haven't forgotten how hard people have fought for human rights. We cannot do this. We can't go backward. We can't go backward.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Racism is evil. And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans. The Department of Justice has opened a civil rights investigation into the deadly car attack that killed one innocent American and wounded 20 others. To anyone who acted criminally in this weekend's racist violence, you will be held fully accountable. Justice will be delivered.feedback

Timothy J. Heaphy

If you're a racist and you kill someone, that doesn't mean it's a hate crime. There has to be an explicit connection between the two for it to be a civil rights offense.feedback

Jeff Sessions

Heather Heyer was out protesting racism and bigotry. She has a right to do that. This individual had no right to drive a car into them and kill people, killing her and injuring others, some of them very seriously. This is absolutely unacceptable . . . The president has directed us to get after it. Our FBI people are working on it assiduously. Our United States attorneys and civil rights division are focused on it. Justice will be done. We are coming after these people . . . It cannot be tolerated in America.feedback

Thomas Bossert

There is a civil rights investigation. We will see where the facts take us. He has been charged with second-degree murder and that could carry a much stiffer penalty if there is evidence to support a civil rights abuse or a hate crime. That could bring the death penalty.feedback

David Miliband - International Rescue Committee

The EU is not just a group of neighbouring countries. It is a coalition of democratic states which pledge to advance human rights, the rule of law and democratic rules. That is not a threat to Britain; it is the team we should be on.feedback

Ravina Shamdasani - United Nations

We are deeply concerned about the steady deterioration in the humanitarian conditions and the protection of human rights in Gaza, . Israel, the State of Palestine and the authorities in Gaza are not meeting their obligations to promote and protect the rights of the residents of Gaza.feedback

Andrew Smith

These licences should never have been agreed in the first place, particularly not considering Venezuela is on the UK government's own countries of concern list for human rights and democracy.feedback

Myrna Pérez

I think we are going to see this Department of Justice switching sides on a number of instances. But the civil rights community is prepared to step into the breach.feedback

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

These violations have occurred amid the breakdown of the rule of law in Venezuela, with constant attacks by the Government against the National Assembly and the Attorney-General's Office. The responsibility for the human rights violations we are recording lies at the highest levels of Government.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

I see no conflict – no conflict at all in our helping them with that situation [on Islamic State] and our views of the human rights concerns we have with respect to how they carry out their counter-narcotics activities.feedback

Ravina Shamdasani - United Nations

We are concerned that the situation in Venezuela is escalating and these human rights violations show no signs of abating so we are worried about the direction in which it is heading. Responsibility for human rights violations we are reporting lies at the highest level of government.feedback

Liz McInnes

In particular, we urge the government of Venezuela to recognise its responsibilities to protect human rights, free speech and the rule of law. If he [Maduro] believes those concerns are misplaced, it is up to him to prove them wrong, not through his words, but through his deeds.feedback

John Knox - United Nations

Human rights are being jettisoned as a culture of impunity is developing. There is now an overwhelming incentive to wreck the environment for economic reasons. The people most at risk are people who are already marginalised and excluded from politics and judicial redress, and are dependent on the environment. The countries do not respect the rule of law. Everywhere in the world, defenders are facing threats.feedback

Lisa Linsky - McDermott Will & Emery

Given the current environment, we need to do everything that we can to identify these historic documents, preserve them and make sure that the public is aware of the story of the government animus and discrimination toward LGBT people, because we're at a time when the government – this particular administration – is not supportive of the LGBT community and preserving the civil rights that we have obtained.feedback

Corey Booker

You can't have freedom and justice in this country if you can't breathe your air, if you can't open your window because of the toxic smells. It may not be a billy club that is hitting you or a dog that is tearing your skin – those images from the Civil Rights movement – but it is violence to the body.feedback

Tommy J Curry

The evidence of the last 50 years has convincingly demonstrated the failure of multicultural coalitions, civil rights legislation and integration. The current task of radical Black thought now rests in the development of alternatives in light of this disappointment.feedback

Dennis Parker

The idea that the Justice Department would sue colleges over their inclusive policies is an affront to fairness and sends a dangerous signal that it will no longer work to protect the most vulnerable. It would mark an alarming shift in direction that threatens the hard-fought progress made by civil rights advocates and the department itself over the past decades. The Supreme Court has made it clear that it is constitutional to appropriately consider race as one of many factors in college admissions. We will be monitoring closely.feedback

Salma Nims

This is a victory for the women's movement and human rights movement in Jordan.feedback

Nekima Levy-Pounds

Many people in this city have been living in the dark with regard to police violence. But the recognition this week that this is a human rights issue, not a black issue, that's powerful. That's sad and powerful.feedback

Vanita Gupta

Yet again, the [Jeff] Sessions Justice Department, led by the political leadership and marginalizing the career employees, is changing course on a key civil rights issue. Longstanding Supreme Court precedent has upheld the constitutionality and compelling state interest of these policies, and generations of Americans have benefited from richer, more inclusive institutions of higher education.feedback

Jackie Blue

Quite frankly, whether a woman intends on having children or not is none of their bloody business. Oh, and by the way, it's illegal to ask those questions as they breach the Human Rights Act.feedback

Justin Higgins

Progress on human rights will allow the U.S.-Vietnam partnership to reach its fullest potential.feedback

Roger Clegg

The civil rights laws were deliberately written to protect everyone from discrimination, and it is frequently the case that not only are whites discriminated against now, but frequently Asian-Americans are as well.feedback

Behrouz Boochani

We are not safe outside the fences, and immigration are trying to make life impossible for us inside. We are protesting peacefully for our human rights, and to call on Australia to uphold its commitments to offer us protection as refugees.feedback

Leslie Vinjamuri

The Trump administration is now a beacon of dysfunction. Allies, and enemies, are taking note• Leslie Vinjamuri is director of the Centre on Conflict, Rights and Justice. In the past six months, the United States’ standing in the world has suffered, to say the least. Donald Trump has embraced strong men, shunned some of our most trusted liberal allies, and seemingly withdrawn US commitment to democracy and human rights. The United States’ moral authority has always been tinged by hypocrisy, but Trump’s blatant disregard for liberal values has taken this to an entirely new level. Even worse, partisanship in Washington is now paired with a degree of dysfunction in the White House and the bureaucracy scarcely seen before.feedback

Antonio Trillanes

It is yet another proof of how Duterte's policy flouts human rights, due process and the rule of law and further reinforces the cases of crimes against humanity filed against him. As Duterte and his police chief have forewarned, more people will die in pursuit of their drug war.feedback

Heather Nauert

We will continue to take strong and swift actions against the architects of authoritarianism in Venezuela, including those who participate in the National Constituent Assembly as a result of today's flawed election. We encourage governments in the hemisphere and around the world to take strong action to hold accountable those who undermine democracy, deny human rights, bear responsibility for violence and repression, or engage in corrupt practices.feedback

Denise Wallish

Now the community has let them know that this is not the preferred site. If this doesn't work, we'll be going to the Human Rights Commission.feedback

Ricky Caya

The great social movements of the 1960s, the American civil rights movement, flower power, the big trade union movements - people today don't have that.feedback

Peter Wanless

Forcing a child to marry shows a complete lack of regard for their feelings, thoughts or ambitions. We must be clear that, regardless of cultural expectations, this is a crime and an abuse of human rights.feedback

Jacob Hacker - Yale

Every major breakthrough from Civil Rights to Social Security to what happened on the right under Ronald Reagan were driven by significant mobilization behind an idea that was much more extreme than what actually happened.feedback

Ron Wyden

You really strengthen the exchanges and probably provide another path for people actually advocating single-payer...to make the transition work. I've said before, this is a civil rights issue and it'll take a movement on the scale of the one Dr. King led. I'm glad we're here – it shows we're making progress – but my goal isn't a certain number of co-sponsors, it's passing a bill that makes every American Medicare-eligible.feedback

Peter Wanless

This is a crime and an abuse of human rights. Forcing a child to marry shows a complete lack of regard for their feelings, thoughts or ambitions. We understand some may worry about betraying their family but we would urge anyone – including potential victims – to speak up before it is too late. Help us break the cycle and speak up, so that we can step in and stop a child being bound into something that they would never ask for.feedback

Fanny Plancon

The police regularly arrive in the middle of the night, pulling them out of their sleeping bags, often spraying sleeping bags and the food. I've taken a lot of people to hospital who've been wounded during this. Sometimes even their papers, everything can be thrown away, it's very difficult for them. It's very complicated for French people to understand, because see ourselves as a country of human rights.feedback

Jake Silverstein

We were drawn to this photo of Liang Xiaojun, a Chinese human rights lawyer, standing in front of a detention center where many of his colleagues have been imprisoned. The wall behind him seemed a perfect symbol of the impervious faceless state that he and others are trying to resist.feedback

José Maria Aranaz

It's the worst humanitarian and human rights crisis in a decade, when both sides have committed serious crimes.feedback

Steven Mnuchin

This administration will continue to aggressively target Iran's malign activity, including their ongoing state support of terrorism, ballistic missile program, and human rights abuses.feedback

Judith Sunderland

It carries the risk of human rights abuses and loss of dignity for the people involved.feedback

Shane Ortega - US Army

I felt that the American freedoms I was fortunate to be born into, were not to be met with a sense of entitlement. I honor my privilege by serving and giving back to our nation and its people the best I can. That means protecting our freedoms and working on national human rights issues for LGBT people. We are our nation.feedback

Marla Kilfoyle

We are quite disgusted with what looks like an attempt to dismantle the civil rights department of the department of education. I think she believes, along with Trump, that there should be no department of education. I would not be surprised if, in the next year, they try to get rid of it.feedback

Farhan Haq - United Nations

He supports the efforts of the government of Pakistan to fight terrorism and violent extremism with full respect for international human rights norms and obligations.feedback

John Dalhuisen - Amnesty International

This is a defining moment for civil society in Turkey and its a defining moment for the international community in its relationship with Turkey. These relationship need to change and our colleagues the human rights community in Turkey they need to be released and they need to be supported.feedback

William Sharp

We are pleased with today's ruling, and we hope this serves as a reminder to Kentucky officials that willful violations of individuals' civil liberties, such as what occurred here, will not only be challenged but will also prove costly. It is unfortunate that Kentucky taxpayers will likely bear the financial burden of the unlawful actions and litigation strategies of an elected official, but those same voters are free to take that information into account at the ballot box.feedback

Nora Markard

This is a very sensitive area of law where you can't just streamline things, and I'm not sure that McKinsey's approach is one that systematically takes human rights concerns into account.feedback

Bekir Bozdag

Israel's attitude over Al-Aqsa is wrong, unlawful and unacceptable. Israel's actions there violate both human rights and the freedom of religion and faith. We call on the international community to take a unified stance against Israel.feedback

Anita Cameron

We are just ordinary people who joined the movement to fight for our civil rights, our human rights, our right to live and exist and have liberty and life just like everyone else.feedback

Ali Ipek

He didn't mind, he wasn't angry. I liked him very much. I saw him as a very reasonable, very logical person. He was trying to do what was right for the country – trying to join the European Union, talking about human rights.feedback

Nikki Haley

This relentless pathological campaign against a country that actually has a strong human rights record makes a mockery not of Israel, but of the council itself.feedback

Stanley Kao

Mr. Liu's lifelong beliefs are the core values we live by in Taiwan, namely an abiding respect for human rights and due process of law.feedback

Juan C. Zarate

For Russia, this would be a win-win. They've already extracted what they needed from Edward Snowden in terms of information and they've certainly used him to beat the United States over the head in terms of its surveillance and cyber activity. It would signal warmer relations and some desire for greater cooperation with the new administration, but it would also no doubt stoke controversies and cases in the U.S. around the role of surveillance, the role of the U.S. intelligence community, and the future of privacy and civil liberties in an American context.feedback

Donna Lieberman

There is no way we, with our New York values and our human rights values, can abide continuing this grave, grave, grave injustice.feedback

Andrew Gardner - Amnesty International

What is absolutely crystal clear, 100 percent clear is this was a routine human rights workshop – the sort of workshop that happens all over Turkey, in fact the sort of workshop that happens all over the world.feedback

Iverna McGowan - Amnesty International

We will not rest until our colleagues and human rights defenders are released. having said that, of course, under these circumstances, we will be keeping the security of our staff under very close review. The EU is very clear in support for human rights defenders on paper, but the response so far has been quite muted. Next week, Turkish Foreign Minister is travelling to Brussels and we will be strongly calling on Federica Mogherini, as High Representative, to speak out publicly and very purposely against this outrageous injustice in Turkey.feedback

Andrew Gardner - Amnesty International

What is absolutely crystal clear, one hundred percent clear is this was a routine human rights workshop -- the sort of workshop that happens all over Turkey, in fact the sort of workshop that happens all over the world.feedback

Salil Shetty - Amnesty International

Today we have learnt that standing up for human rights has become a crime in Turkey. This is a moment of truth, for Turkey and for the international community. Leaders around the world must stop biting their tongues and acting as if they can continue business as usual. They must bring pressure to bear on Turkish authorities to drop these spurious charges and to immediately and unconditionally release the rights defenders.feedback

Waheed al-Ghamdi

I am simply questioning the lack of priorities regarding anger and alarm expressed over human rights violations and oppression versus the harmless personal choices of others.feedback

Rebecca Serbin

Riders either face very long wait times or can't get rides at all. The human rights law reflects the City Council's commitment to accessibility. Uber is flagrantly violating that law.feedback

Andrew Gardner - Amnesty International

It is politically motivated targeting not just of these six human rights defenders who have been remanded in pre-trial prison custody, but it is taking aim at Turkey's entire human rights movement. What we've learned today is that defending human rights has become a crime in Turkey. After this decision none of us who defend human rights in Turkey, whether it is Amnesty International or other organisations, are safe in this country. This decision cannot be allowed to stand.feedback

Betsy DeVos

The Department today is returning [the Office of Civil Rights] to its role as a neutral, impartial investigative agency.feedback

Harshu Sethi

We were only thinking of saving our lives. They tried to show that they did not have rights. I feel that we do not have any human rights. We are the poor ones.feedback

Joshua Matz

The odds that the Supreme Court grants review of this question in the near future are high. It is no exaggeration to say that Title VII's application to gays and lesbians now ranks among the most important open questions in U.S. civil rights law.feedback

Christine Ahn

I'm hoping the Moon administration can quickly correct this. It would not look favorably if they're allowing the dark ages to remain by banning pro-democracy, human rights and peace activists from entering their country.feedback

Sarah Wootton - Dignity in Dying

The British public overwhelmingly support a change in the law to give terminally ill, mentally competent adults like Noel the choice of an assisted death. [The high court hearing] will consider detailed evidence and legal arguments about whether the current law breaches Noel's human rights.feedback

Natalia Veselnitskaya

My body, my choice' is all about abortion, homosexuality, illegal migration and two presidents. Anything goes. But for those who didn't get what this is about, this is now called 'human rights'. In such instances the general has to resign. This is reminiscent of the games of Obama's last days in office.feedback

Sara Nelson - Association of Flight Attendants

Flight attendants have been at the forefront of fighting to gain equal rights on the job. On our planes, we welcome humanity from every corner of the earth and we deliver passengers safely around the globe. Attacks against U.S. flight attendants by the leaders of Gulf airlines, in public and private, are a reflection of their countries' documented disregard for human rights.feedback

Michèle Solá

For a man who started out the son of an Episcopal minister in the Main Line section of Philadelphia and who was not a happy camper at private school there, he became someone who embodied the values of the civil rights movement and racial justice.feedback

Jean Tobin - National Center for Transgender Equality

Students and their families have a right to go to court to have their rights vindicated, but they shouldn't have to. The Office of Civil Rights is tasked with handling these complaints precisely to avoid costly and time-consuming litigation, but if it refuses to do it's job, the courts will be the backstop.feedback

Michael Moody

The emergence of environmentalism in the '60s, civil rights and the women's movement meant that the younger generation was more interested in giving to them rather than to the Junior League.feedback

Schona Jolly

David Davis has confirmed that the EU charter of fundamental rights won’t become domestic law. This must be challenged and debated immediately• Schona Jolly is an international human rights lawyer. There was a time, not so long ago, that David Davis was a great fan of the EU charter of fundamental rights. He liked it so much that he used it to take up a legal challenge against the snooper’s charter (brainchild of the-then home secretary Theresa May), which ended up in Luxembourg.feedback

Berit Reiss-Andersen

The news of Liu Xiaobo's serious condition was met in part with silence and belatedly, hesitant reactions worldwide …It is a sad and disturbing fact that the representatives of the free world, who themselves hold democracy and human rights in high regard, are less willing to stand up for those rights for the benefit of others.feedback

JoDee Winterhof - Human Rights Campaign

Sessions' alarming comments proved what LGBTQ and civil rights leaders know to be true – that he cannot be trusted. A month ago, he vowed to protect transgender women from violent attacks and now we find him promoting license to discriminate laws. This is another predictable step for the anti-LGBTQ Trump-Pence Administration.feedback

Mara Keisling

Here he goes again. It appears [what] the Attorney General is saying is that he will only enforce a 'civil rights' law that is meant as an excuse to discriminate; but he won't enforce longstanding, real civil rights laws like Title IX, Title IX and Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act.feedback

Liz Throssell

He was a man who, despite all he suffered, continued to espouse the politics of peace, and the High Commissioner (for Human Rights) is saying that Liu Xiaobo was and will continue to be an inspiration for human rights defenders around the world.feedback

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Those who were affected were people like me who defend the law. I defended human rights and the state of law 15 years ago and I defend them today. I will defend them in 10 years time if I live that long.feedback

Salil Shetty - Amnesty International

Today we grieve the loss of a giant of human rights. Liu Xiaobo was a man of fierce intellect, principle, wit and above all humanity. For decades, he fought tirelessly to advance human rights and fundamental freedoms in China. He did so in the face of the most relentless and often brutal opposition from the Chinese government. Time and again they tried to silence him, and time and again they failed. Despite enduring years of persecution, suppression and imprisonment, Liu Xiaobo continued to fight for his convictions.feedback

Andrew Nathan

China has never made major concessions to foreign pressure on human rights, but especially in the few years after Tiananmen, they did make minor concessions. But things have changed, China is rich, and the Western powers one by one have given up officially receiving the Dalai Lama and sponsoring resolutions in Geneva that are critical of China.feedback

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