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Download as PDF 73903 Presidential Documents Federal Register Vol. 70, No. 238 Tuesday, December 13, 2005 Title 3— Proclamation 7968 of December 9, 2005 The President Human Rights Day, Bill of Rights Day, and Human Rights Week, 2005 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation Americans believe that freedom is God’s gift to every man and woman in the world. The Founders adopted our Constitution to secure the blessings of liberty for the people of the United States, and since 1789, generations of Americans have defended and advanced freedom in our Nation. Throughout our history, the United States has also worked to extend the promise of liberty to other countries. We are continuing those efforts today. We are promoting democracies that respect freedom of speech, freedom of worship, and freedom of the press and that protect the rights of minorities and women. We are standing with dissidents and exiles against oppressive regimes and tyranny. This year has seen great advances in the spread of democracy and human rights. In January, more than eight million Iraqi men and women braved threats of violence to vote for a provisional government. In October, Iraqis voted in even greater numbers to approve a draft constitution for their country, and on December 15, they will return to the polls to elect a Council of Representatives. Millions of Afghans voted in September in the first free legislative elections in Afghanistan in decades. Countries of the former Soviet bloc are emerging as thriving democracies. A free press is gaining ground in Kyrgyzstan, and civil institutions are being strengthened in Ukraine and Georgia. We have witnessed good progress this year, and America will continue this historic work to advance the cause of freedom. We remain confident in this cause because we have seen the power of freedom to overcome the dark ideologies of tyranny and terror. Freedom enables men and women to live lives of dignity. And freedom gives the citizens of a nation confidence in a future of peace for their children and grandchildren. As we observe Human Rights Day, Bill of Rights Day, and Human Rights Week, we renew our commitment to building a world where human rights are respected and protected by the rule of law and where all people can enjoy freedom and dignity. NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim December 10, 2005, as Human Rights Day; December 15, 2005, as Bill of Rights Day; and the week beginning December 10, 2005, as Human Rights Week. I call upon the people of the United States to mark these observances with appropriate ceremonies and activities. VerDate Aug<31>2005 00:48 Dec 13, 2005 Jkt 208001 PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4705 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\13DED0.SGM 13DED0 73904 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 238 / Tuesday, December 13, 2005 / Presidential Documents IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this ninth day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand five, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirtieth. W [FR Doc. 05–24060 Filed 12–12–05; 11:18 am] Billing code 3195–01–P VerDate Aug<31>2005 00:48 Dec 13, 2005 Jkt 208001 PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4705 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\13DED0.SGM 13DED0

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The President





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Proclamation 7968--Human Rights Day, Bill of Rights Day, and Human 
Rights Week, 2005


                        Presidential Documents 



Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 238 / Tuesday, December 13, 2005 / 
Presidential Documents

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Title 3--
The President

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                Proclamation 7968 of December 9, 2005

                
Human Rights Day, Bill of Rights Day, and Human 
                Rights Week, 2005

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                Americans believe that freedom is God's gift to every 
                man and woman in the world. The Founders adopted our 
                Constitution to secure the blessings of liberty for the 
                people of the United States, and since 1789, 
                generations of Americans have defended and advanced 
                freedom in our Nation.

                Throughout our history, the United States has also 
                worked to extend the promise of liberty to other 
                countries. We are continuing those efforts today. We 
                are promoting democracies that respect freedom of 
                speech, freedom of worship, and freedom of the press 
                and that protect the rights of minorities and women. We 
                are standing with dissidents and exiles against 
                oppressive regimes and tyranny.

                This year has seen great advances in the spread of 
                democracy and human rights. In January, more than eight 
                million Iraqi men and women braved threats of violence 
                to vote for a provisional government. In October, 
                Iraqis voted in even greater numbers to approve a draft 
                constitution for their country, and on December 15, 
                they will return to the polls to elect a Council of 
                Representatives. Millions of Afghans voted in September 
                in the first free legislative elections in Afghanistan 
                in decades. Countries of the former Soviet bloc are 
                emerging as thriving democracies. A free press is 
                gaining ground in Kyrgyzstan, and civil institutions 
                are being strengthened in Ukraine and Georgia. We have 
                witnessed good progress this year, and America will 
                continue this historic work to advance the cause of 
                freedom.

                We remain confident in this cause because we have seen 
                the power of freedom to overcome the dark ideologies of 
                tyranny and terror. Freedom enables men and women to 
                live lives of dignity. And freedom gives the citizens 
                of a nation confidence in a future of peace for their 
                children and grandchildren. As we observe Human Rights 
                Day, Bill of Rights Day, and Human Rights Week, we 
                renew our commitment to building a world where human 
                rights are respected and protected by the rule of law 
                and where all people can enjoy freedom and dignity.

                NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the 
                United States of America, by virtue of the authority 
                vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United 
                States, do hereby proclaim December 10, 2005, as Human 
                Rights Day; December 15, 2005, as Bill of Rights Day; 
                and the week beginning December 10, 2005, as Human 
                Rights Week. I call upon the people of the United 
                States to mark these observances with appropriate 
                ceremonies and activities.

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                IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 
                ninth day of December, in the year of our Lord two 
                thousand five, and of the Independence of the United 
                States of America the two hundred and thirtieth.

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[FR Doc. 05-24060
Filed 12-12-05; 11:18 am]
Billing code 3195-01-P