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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 240 / Wednesday, December 14, 2016 / Presidential Documents 90665 Presidential Documents Proclamation 9553 of December 9, 2016 Human Rights Day and Human Rights Week, 2016 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation When the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted on December 10, 1948, it set in motion a movement to secure liberty and justice for all people. Out of the ashes of the Second World War, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed that ‘‘All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.’’ On Human Rights Day and during Human Rights Week, we reflect on how far we have come in upholding these universal rights and resolve to continue fighting to safeguard them wherever they are threatened. In the last few decades, our world has made great strides in advancing human rights and the institutions that protect them. More countries have pursued self-government and democracy—and more people are electing their leaders freely and fairly and holding their governments accountable through calls for increased transparency. Around the world, the United States has promoted freedom: We have worked to expand the protection of human rights, end gender-based violence, and defend the freedoms of expression, peaceful assembly, and the press. In promoting these liberties and pushing back against tyranny, corruption, and oppression, we have recognized that universal human rights and fundamental freedoms do not stop at our borders. They are the birthright of people everywhere. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with PRES DOCS History ultimately moves in the direction of justice and inclusion, but despite the great progress we have made, unprecedented and rapid change has posed great challenges. It is our collective duty to continue striving for a world where nobody is left behind, forgotten, or mistreated, and where all nations recognize that societies that draw on the contributions of every citizen are stronger. Far too many people around the world are still denied their human rights and fundamental freedoms, and we must work to end the discrimination that is too often felt by LGBT individuals, people with disabilities, immigrants, women and girls of all ages, and members of religious, ethnic, and other minorities. And we must strengthen our ongoing efforts to rid the world of violence, oppression, and hatred. Our relationships to one another—person to person, nation to nation—are defined not by our differences, but by our shared belief in the ideals enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. As we observe the anniversary of the affirmation that inalienable rights exist for every individual, we vow to ensure these rights are afforded to every person. Together, let us continue striving to stamp out all forms of injustice and promote dignity, humanity, and respect around the world. 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, 2016, as Human Rights Day and the week beginning December 10, 2016, as Human Rights Week. I call upon the people of the United States to mark these observances with appropriate ceremonies and activities. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:59 Dec 13, 2016 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4790 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\14DED1.SGM 14DED1 90666 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 240 / Wednesday, December 14, 2016 / Presidential Documents IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this ninth day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-first. [FR Doc. 2016–30265 Filed 12–13–16; 11:15 am] VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:59 Dec 13, 2016 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4790 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\14DED1.SGM 14DED1 OB#1.EPS</GPH> sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with PRES DOCS Billing code 3295–F7–P

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Federal Register / Vol. 81 , No. 240 / Wednesday, December 14, 2016 / 
Presidential Documents

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                Proclamation 9553 of December 9, 2016

                
Human Rights Day and Human Rights Week, 2016

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                When the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was 
                adopted on December 10, 1948, it set in motion a 
                movement to secure liberty and justice for all people. 
                Out of the ashes of the Second World War, the United 
                Nations General Assembly proclaimed that ``All human 
                beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.'' 
                On Human Rights Day and during Human Rights Week, we 
                reflect on how far we have come in upholding these 
                universal rights and resolve to continue fighting to 
                safeguard them wherever they are threatened.

                In the last few decades, our world has made great 
                strides in advancing human rights and the institutions 
                that protect them. More countries have pursued self-
                government and democracy--and more people are electing 
                their leaders freely and fairly and holding their 
                governments accountable through calls for increased 
                transparency. Around the world, the United States has 
                promoted freedom: We have worked to expand the 
                protection of human rights, end gender-based violence, 
                and defend the freedoms of expression, peaceful 
                assembly, and the press. In promoting these liberties 
                and pushing back against tyranny, corruption, and 
                oppression, we have recognized that universal human 
                rights and fundamental freedoms do not stop at our 
                borders. They are the birthright of people everywhere.

                History ultimately moves in the direction of justice 
                and inclusion, but despite the great progress we have 
                made, unprecedented and rapid change has posed great 
                challenges. It is our collective duty to continue 
                striving for a world where nobody is left behind, 
                forgotten, or mistreated, and where all nations 
                recognize that societies that draw on the contributions 
                of every citizen are stronger. Far too many people 
                around the world are still denied their human rights 
                and fundamental freedoms, and we must work to end the 
                discrimination that is too often felt by LGBT 
                individuals, people with disabilities, immigrants, 
                women and girls of all ages, and members of religious, 
                ethnic, and other minorities. And we must strengthen 
                our ongoing efforts to rid the world of violence, 
                oppression, and hatred.

                Our relationships to one another--person to person, 
                nation to nation--are defined not by our differences, 
                but by our shared belief in the ideals enshrined in the 
                Universal Declaration of Human Rights. As we observe 
                the anniversary of the affirmation that inalienable 
                rights exist for every individual, we vow to ensure 
                these rights are afforded to every person. Together, 
                let us continue striving to stamp out all forms of 
                injustice and promote dignity, humanity, and respect 
                around the world.

                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, 2016, as 
                Human Rights Day and the week beginning December 10, 
                2016, 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 sixteen, and of the Independence of the United 
                States of America the two hundred and forty-first.
                
                
                    (Presidential Sig.)

[FR Doc. 2016-30265
Filed 12-13-16; 11:15 am]
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