Human Rights Day Quotes

Human Rights Day Quotes by Pope Francis, Mary Robinson, Peter Benenson, Harry A. Blackmun, Kofi Annan, Margaret Sanger and many others.

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Human rights are not only violated by terrorism, repression or assassination, but also by unfair economic structures that creates huge inequalities.
Pope Francis
Human rights are inscribed in the hearts of people; they were there long before lawmakers drafted their first proclamation.
Mary Robinson
Open your newspaper – any day of the week – and you will find a report from somewhere in the world of someone being imprisoned, tortured or executed because his opinions or religion are unacceptable to his government.
Peter Benenson
From this day forward, I no longer shall tinker with the machinery of death.
Harry A. Blackmun
…let us continue to work together to develop and nurture in future generations a culture of human rights, to promote freedom, security and peace in all nations.
Kofi Annan
No woman can call herself free who does not own and control her body. No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother.
Margaret Sanger
Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave.
Frederick Douglass
Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home.
Eleanor Roosevelt
In the future, human rights will be increasingly a universal criterion for designing ethical systems.
Mahnaz Afkhami
The only way to make sure people you agree with can speak is to support the rights of people you don’t agree with.
Eleanor Holmes Norton
So on this Human Rights Day, let us rededicate ourselves to the advancement of human rights and freedoms for all, and pledge always to live by the ideals we promote to the world.
Barack Obama
Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must – at that moment – become the center of the universe.
Elie Wiesel
We believe that human rights transcend boundaries and must prevail over state sovereignty.
Jose Ramos-Horta
Its the publicity function of Amnesty that I think has made its name so widely known, not only to readers in the world, but to governments – and thats what matters.
Peter Benenson
It has long been recognized that an essential element in protecting human rights was a widespread knowledge among the population of what their rights are and how they can be defended.
Boutros Boutros-Ghali
Commit yourself to the noble struggle for human rights. You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country and a finer world to live in.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Human rights are not a privilege conferred by government. They are every human being’s entitlement by virtue of his humanity.
Mother Teresa