For Immediate Release
Brenda Bowser Soder
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Human Rights Day Statement from Elisa Massimino
WASHINGTON - Today, as the world pauses to recognize Human Rights Days and mark the 32nd
anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human
Rights, Human Rights First President and CEO Elisa Massimino issued the
“Today we celebrate human rights defenders around the world who
labor each day to make the promise of the Declaration of Human Rights a
reality. Some, including this year’s Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu
Xiaobo, have sacrificed their own freedom as a result of their efforts
to secure basic human rights and freedoms for the oppressed. Others,
including this year’s Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award recipients
Sarah Cleto Rial, Wade Henderson, the late Professor Louis Henkin and
his wife Alice Henkin have inspired countless men and women here in the
United States and around the globe to live each day in a way that will
benefit the world around them for generations to come. On this
anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Human Rights, may we
all celebrate the achievements of those human rights leaders who have
been honored today by rededicating ourselves to the work that lies ahead
and to fulfilling the promise of securing dignity and freedom for all.”
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