U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State
Other State Department Archive SitesU.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State
Home Issues & Press Travel & Business Countries Youth & Education Careers About State Video
Press Statement
Sean McCormack
Washington, DC
December 8, 2006


International Human Rights Day

In the aftermath of the atrocities of World War II, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a historic document that enshrined the fundamental human rights and freedoms that are the birthright of all people. The United States joins with men and women around the globe in observing International Human Rights Day commemorating the adoption of this landmark document.

We stand with those individuals who work to promote human rights and democratic principles. In every part of the world courageous defenders of freedom are helping to build vibrant civil societies, pressing for free and fair elections, and establishing accountable, law-based democracies that respect the rights of all. They are taking on the challenges of protecting the rights of ethnic and religious minorities, defending workers' rights and promoting equal rights for women.

As we mark International Human Rights Day and celebrate the gains for human dignity and democracy around the globe, we are sobered by the fact that from Burma to Zimbabwe, China to Uzbekistan, Iran to North Korea, human rights defenders face continued harassment, intimidation, imprisonment and in some cases even death. The United States will continue to support them and all those who work to defend human dignity and overcome oppression and injustice.


2006/1100

Released on December 8, 2006

  Back to top

U.S. Department of State
USA.govU.S. Department of StateUpdates  |   Frequent Questions  |   Contact Us  |   Email this Page  |   Subject Index  |   Search
The Office of Electronic Information, Bureau of Public Affairs, manages this site as a portal for information from the U.S. State Department. External links to other Internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement of the views or privacy policies contained therein.
About state.gov  |   Privacy Notice  |   FOIA  |   Copyright Information  |   Other U.S. Government Information

Published by the U.S. Department of State Website at http://www.state.gov maintained by the Bureau of Public Affairs.