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Download as PDF 66211 Presidential Documents Federal Register Vol. 74, No. 238 Monday, December 14, 2009 Title 3— Proclamation 8464 of December 9, 2009 The President Human Rights Day, Bill of Rights Day, And Human Rights Week, 2009 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation More than 60 years ago, the United Nations General Assembly approved the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, declaring the ‘‘inherent dignity’’ and ‘‘equal and inalienable rights’’ of all human beings as the ‘‘foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.’’ This self-evident truth guides us today. Although every country and culture is unique, certain rights are universal: the freedom of people—including women and ethnic and religious minorities—to live as they choose, speak their minds, organize peacefully and have a say in how they are governed, with confidence in the rule of law. History shows that countries that protect these rights are ultimately more stable, secure, and successful. In the United States, these fundamental rights are the core of our Declaration of Independence, our Constitution, and our Bill of Rights. They are the values that define us as a people, the ideals that challenge us to perfect our union, and the liberties that generations of Americans have fought to preserve at home and abroad. Indeed, fidelity to our fundamental values is one of America’s greatest strengths and the reason we stand in solidarity with those who seek these rights, wherever they live. Human Rights Day, Bill of Rights Day, and Human Rights Week must be our call to action. As Americans, we must keep striving to live up to our founding ideals. As a Nation, the United States will always side with the innocent whose rights are denied, the oppressed who yearn for equality, and all those around the world who strive for freedom. As members of what President Franklin Roosevelt called ‘‘the human community,’’ we will never waver in our pursuit of the rights, dignity, and security of every human being. srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with MISCELLANEOUS NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim December 10, 2009, as Human Rights Day; December 15, 2009, as Bill of Rights Day; and the week beginning December 10, 2009, as Human Rights Week. I call upon the people of the United States to mark these observances with appropriate ceremonies and activities. VerDate Nov<24>2008 19:46 Dec 11, 2009 Jkt 220001 PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4705 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\14DED1.SGM 14DED1 66212 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 238 / Monday, December 14, 2009 / Presidential Documents IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this ninth day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth. [FR Doc. E9–29865 Filed 12–11–09; 11:15 am] VerDate Nov<24>2008 19:46 Dec 11, 2009 Jkt 220001 PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4705 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\14DED1.SGM 14DED1 OB#1.EPS</GPH> srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with MISCELLANEOUS Billing code 3195–W0–P

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                Proclamation 8464 of December 9, 2009

                
Human Rights Day, Bill of Rights Day, And Human 
                Rights Week, 2009

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                More than 60 years ago, the United Nations General 
                Assembly approved the Universal Declaration of Human 
                Rights, declaring the ``inherent dignity'' and ``equal 
                and inalienable rights'' of all human beings as the 
                ``foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the 
                world.'' This self-evident truth guides us today. 
                Although every country and culture is unique, certain 
                rights are universal: the freedom of people--including 
                women and ethnic and religious minorities--to live as 
                they choose, speak their minds, organize peacefully and 
                have a say in how they are governed, with confidence in 
                the rule of law. History shows that countries that 
                protect these rights are ultimately more stable, 
                secure, and successful.

                In the United States, these fundamental rights are the 
                core of our Declaration of Independence, our 
                Constitution, and our Bill of Rights. They are the 
                values that define us as a people, the ideals that 
                challenge us to perfect our union, and the liberties 
                that generations of Americans have fought to preserve 
                at home and abroad. Indeed, fidelity to our fundamental 
                values is one of America's greatest strengths and the 
                reason we stand in solidarity with those who seek these 
                rights, wherever they live.

                Human Rights Day, Bill of Rights Day, and Human Rights 
                Week must be our call to action. As Americans, we must 
                keep striving to live up to our founding ideals. As a 
                Nation, the United States will always side with the 
                innocent whose rights are denied, the oppressed who 
                yearn for equality, and all those around the world who 
                strive for freedom. As members of what President 
                Franklin Roosevelt called ``the human community,'' we 
                will never waver in our pursuit of the rights, dignity, 
                and security of every human being.

                NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the 
                United States of America, by virtue of the authority 
                vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the 
                United States, do hereby proclaim December 10, 2009, as 
                Human Rights Day; December 15, 2009, as Bill of Rights 
                Day; and the week beginning December 10, 2009, 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 nine, and of the Independence of the United 
                States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.
                
                
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[FR Doc. E9-29865
Filed 12-11-09; 11:15 am]
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