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  • Human Rights Day

    by Representative Joseph R. Pitts

    Posted on 2015-12-10

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    PITTS asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.) Mr. PITTS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in honor of Human Rights Day.

    Sixty-seven years ago today, December 10, 1948, the U.N. General Assembly proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Universal Declaration set out a common understanding of the fundamental human rights that were to be universally protected.

    Today, we recall the inalienable rights intrinsic to every human being. In many regions of the world, people continue to struggle to attain the most basic rights and respect for their basic human dignity. In several regions of the world, defenseless civilians face attacks by terrorist organizations and networks that seek to intimidate, maim, and kill in the name of a distorted theology.

    I join my distinguished colleague from Massachusetts (Mr. McGovern) and people everywhere in reaffirming our commitment to the fundamental rights and freedoms contained in the Universal Declaration, and urge all leaders to redouble their efforts to promote and guarantee them.

    I also want to thank the human rights defenders everywhere, who so often carry out their work at great risk to themselves and their families.


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