Human Rights Day, Bill of Rights Day, and Human Rights Week, 2010, 78149-78150 [2010-31566]

Download as PDF 78149 Presidential Documents Federal Register Vol. 75, No. 239 Tuesday, December 14, 2010 Title 3— Proclamation The President Human Rights Day, Bill of Rights Day, and Human Rights Week, 2010 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation In 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. More than 60 years later, the Declaration reflects the world’s commitment to the idea that ‘‘all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.’’ As Americans, this self-evident truth lies at the heart of our Declaration of Independence, our Constitution, and our Bill of Rights. It is a belief that, while every nation pursues a path rooted in the culture of its own citizens, certain rights belong to all people: freedom to live as they choose, to speak openly, to organize peacefully, to worship freely, and to participate fully in the public life of their society with confidence in the rule of law. Freedom, justice, and peace for the world must begin with basic security and liberty in the lives of individual human beings. Today, we continue the fight to make universal human rights a reality for every person, regardless of race, gender, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, or circumstance. From the freedom to associate or criticize to the protection from violence or unlawful detention, these inherent civil rights are a matter of both pragmatic and moral necessity. The challenges of a new century call for a world that is more purposeful and more united. The United States will always speak for those who are voiceless, defend those who are oppressed, and bear witness to those who want nothing more than to exercise their universal human rights. Our Bill of Rights protects these fundamental values at home, and guides our actions as we stand with those who seek to exercise their universal rights, wherever they live. Countries whose people choose their leaders and rely on the rule of law are more likely to be peaceful neighbors and prosperous partners in the world community. jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with FRD0 Part of the price of our own blessings of freedom is standing up for the liberty of others. As we observe Human Rights Day, Bill of Rights Day, and Human Rights Week, let us recommit to advancing human rights as our common cause and moral imperative. Let us continue to stand with citizens, activists, and governments around the world who embrace democratic reforms and empower free expression. Together, we can advance the arc of human progress toward a more perfect Union and a more perfect world—one in which each human being lives with dignity, security, and equality. 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, 2010, as Human Rights Day; December 15, 2010, as Bill of Rights Day; and the week beginning December 10, 2010, as Human Rights Week. I call upon the people of the United States to mark these observances with appropriate ceremonies and activities. VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:50 Dec 13, 2010 Jkt 223001 PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4705 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\14DED0.SGM 14DED0 78150 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 239 / Tuesday, December 14, 2010 / Presidential Documents IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this tenth day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth. [FR Doc. 2010–31566 Filed 12–13–10; 11:15 am] VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:50 Dec 13, 2010 Jkt 223001 PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4705 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\14DED0.SGM 14DED0 OB#1.EPS</GPH> jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with FRD0 Billing code 3195–W1–P

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[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 239 (Tuesday, December 14, 2010)]
[Presidential Documents]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-31566]



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The President





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Proclamation 8616--Human Rights Day, Bill of Rights Day, and Human 
Rights Week, 2010


                        Presidential Documents 



Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 239 / Tuesday, December 14, 2010 / 
Presidential Documents

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Title 3--
The President

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                Proclamation

                
Human Rights Day, Bill of Rights Day, and Human 
                Rights Week, 2010

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                In 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted 
                the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. More than 60 
                years later, the Declaration reflects the world's 
                commitment to the idea that ``all human beings are born 
                free and equal in dignity and rights.'' As Americans, 
                this self-evident truth lies at the heart of our 
                Declaration of Independence, our Constitution, and our 
                Bill of Rights. It is a belief that, while every nation 
                pursues a path rooted in the culture of its own 
                citizens, certain rights belong to all people: freedom 
                to live as they choose, to speak openly, to organize 
                peacefully, to worship freely, and to participate fully 
                in the public life of their society with confidence in 
                the rule of law.

                Freedom, justice, and peace for the world must begin 
                with basic security and liberty in the lives of 
                individual human beings. Today, we continue the fight 
                to make universal human rights a reality for every 
                person, regardless of race, gender, religion, 
                nationality, sexual orientation, or circumstance. From 
                the freedom to associate or criticize to the protection 
                from violence or unlawful detention, these inherent 
                civil rights are a matter of both pragmatic and moral 
                necessity.

                The challenges of a new century call for a world that 
                is more purposeful and more united. The United States 
                will always speak for those who are voiceless, defend 
                those who are oppressed, and bear witness to those who 
                want nothing more than to exercise their universal 
                human rights. Our Bill of Rights protects these 
                fundamental values at home, and guides our actions as 
                we stand with those who seek to exercise their 
                universal rights, wherever they live. Countries whose 
                people choose their leaders and rely on the rule of law 
                are more likely to be peaceful neighbors and prosperous 
                partners in the world community.

                Part of the price of our own blessings of freedom is 
                standing up for the liberty of others. As we observe 
                Human Rights Day, Bill of Rights Day, and Human Rights 
                Week, let us recommit to advancing human rights as our 
                common cause and moral imperative. Let us continue to 
                stand with citizens, activists, and governments around 
                the world who embrace democratic reforms and empower 
                free expression. Together, we can advance the arc of 
                human progress toward a more perfect Union and a more 
                perfect world--one in which each human being lives with 
                dignity, security, and equality.

                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, 2010, as 
                Human Rights Day; December 15, 2010, as Bill of Rights 
                Day; and the week beginning December 10, 2010, 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 
                tenth day of December, in the year of our Lord two 
                thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United 
                States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.
                
                
                    (Presidential Sig.)

[FR Doc. 2010-31566
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