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Human Rights Quotes

“The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.” 
― John F. Kennedy

“To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.”

I heard an Israeli speaking on Palestinian human rights issues, an interesting guy, and he said ‘There’s no military solution to terrorism. If there were, Israel would be the safest place in the world. But there’s no military solution.’ Bradley Whitford

We declare that human rights are for all of us, all the time: whoever we are and wherever we are from; no matter our class, our opinions, our sexual orientation.” – Ban Ki-moon

Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave.” 
― Frederick Douglass

“If someone needs to express their gender in a way that is different, that is okay. They don’t deserve to be victims of violence. If you are uncomfortable with it, then you need to look at yourself.”

My dreams for the future are simple: work, a happy, healthy family, a lovely long motorcycle ride, and continuing the struggle to awaken people to the need for serious human rights reform. Mike Farrell

Joy is found when you focus your energy on improving human dignity, human capacity and human values.” ― Amit Ray

“Dogs do not have many advantages over people, but one of them is extremely important: euthanasia is not forbidden by law in their case; animals have the right to a merciful death.” 
― Milan Kundera,

The United Nations has a critical role to play in promoting stability, security, democracy, human rights, and economic development. The UN is as relevant today as at any time in its history, but it needs reform. Chuck Hagel

“No human being should be maltreated under any circumstances. We are all wonderful creation of God. May we affectionately love one another.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita

Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must — at that moment — become the center of the universe.” 
― Elie Wiesel

I’m not an activist; I don’t look for controversy. I’m not a political person, but I’m a person with compassion. I care passionately about equal rights. I care about human rights. I care about animal rights. Ellen DeGeneres

“Liberty must be engraved in our heart and practiced every minute to the letter and spirit.” ― Abhijit Naskar

In what terms should we think of these beings, nonhuman yet possessing so very many human-like characteristics? How should we treat them? Surely we should treat them with the same consideration and kindness as we show to other humans; and as we recognize human rights, so too should we recognize the rights of the great apes? Yes.” 
― Jane Goodall

When it comes to racism, discrimination, corruption, public lies, dictatorships, and human rights, you have to take a stand as a reporter because I think our responsibility as journalist is to confront those who are abusing power. Jorge Ramos

“A right delayed is a right denied.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.” 
― Martin Luther King Jr.

The barometer for judging the character of people, in regard human rights, is now those who consider themselves gay, homosexual, lesbian. The judgment as to whether you can trust the future, the social advancement – depending on people – will be judged on where they come out on that question. Bayard Rustin

“You’re not under attack when others gain rights and privileges you’ve always had.” ― DaShanne Stokes

“As hatred is defined as intense dislike, what is wrong with inciting intense dislike of a religion, if the activities or teachings of that religion are so outrageous, irrational or abusive of human rights that they deserve to be intensely disliked?” 
― Rowan Atkinson

In the real world, as lived and experienced by real people, the demand for human rights and dignity, the longing for liberty and justice and opportunity, the hatred of oppression and corruption and cruelty is reality. John McCain

“Our hopes for a more just, safe, and peaceful world can only be achieved when there is universal respect for the inherent dignity and equal rights of all members of the human family.” – Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

All children should be taught to unconditionally accept, approve, admire, appreciate, forgive, trust, and ultimately, love their own person.” 
― Asa Don Brown

The Charter of the United Nations expresses the noblest aspirations of man: abjuration of force in the settlement of disputes between states; the assurance of human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language or religion; the safeguarding of international peace and security. Haile Selassie

America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense human rights invented America. Jimmy Carter

My dreams for the future are simple: work, a happy, healthy family, a lovely long motorcycle ride, and continuing the struggle to awaken people to the need for serious human rights reform.” – Mike Farrell

“Some values must be universal, like human rights and the equal worth of every human being.” – Bjorn Ulvaeus

We are just two people. Not that much separates us. Not nearly as much as I’d thought.” 
― Kathryn Stockett, 

Free expression is the base of human rights, the root of human nature and the mother of truth. To kill free speech is to insult human rights, to stifle human nature and to suppress truth. Liu Xiaobo

“It means a great deal to those who are oppressed to know that they are not alone. Never let anyone tell you that what you are doing is insignificant.” – Desmond Tutu

“To cheapen the lives of any group of men, cheapens the lives of all men, even our own. This is a law of human psychology, or human nature. And it will not be repealed by our wishes, nor will it be merciful to our blindness.” 
― William Pickens

By strengthening the three pillars of the United Nations – security, development and human rights – we can build a more peaceful, more prosperous and more just world for our succeeding generations. Ban Ki-moon

My hope is that the 21st century will be the first century where there will be no violation of human rights, and to that end, Japan would like to do our outmost. Shinzo Abe

“Freedom means the supremacy of human rights everywhere. Our support goes to those who struggle to gain those rights and keep them. Our strength is our unity of purpose. To that high concept there can be no end save victory.” 
― Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Cooperation and respect for each other will advance the cause of human rights worldwide. Confrontation, vilification, and double standards will not. Robert Mugabe

Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home — so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. […] Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“People use democracy as a free-floating abstraction disconnected from reality. Democracy in and of itself is not necessarily good. Gang rape,

The day we become silent about the things that matter is the moment our lives begin to end.”- Shenita Etwaroo

“human beings are human beings, just treat everyone like that.” 
― Hayley Williams

We control the world basically because we are the only animals that can cooperate flexibly in very large numbers. And if you examine any large-scale human cooperation, you will always find that it is based on some fiction like the nation, like money, like human rights. Yuval Noah Harari

I became an immigrant, civil and human rights advocate, then the first South Asian elected to the Washington State Legislature and the only woman of color in the Washington State Senate, and then was elected in 2016 to the United States Congress. Pramila Jayapal

The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.” ― John F. Kennedy

“It is unusual,” said Cristina, “for a revolution to call for fewer rights for people, not more.” 
― Cassandra Clare,

I’m all in favor of animal rights, but I’d like to see the food movement take a much stronger stand in defense of basic human rights. If you’re a vegan or a vegetarian, you should care about the people who are picking your fruits and vegetables by hand. Eric Schlosser

There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” – Elie Wiesel

The amount of violations of human rights in a country is always an inverse function of the amount of complaints about human rights violations heard from there. The greater the number of complaints being aired, the better protected are human rights in that country.” 
― Daniel Patrick Moynihan

Development cooperation between nations is very important because it is one of the building blocks of shared peace, prosperity, and human rights for all. It is one of the antidotes to the poison of xenophobia. Winnie Byanyima

“If the prisoner is beaten, it is an arrogant expression of fear.” 
― Ghassan Kanafani,

“No voting on who gets to be people.” ― N. K. Jemisin

Build a dam to take away water AWAY from 40 million people. Build a dam to pretend to BRING water to 40 million people. Who are these gods that govern us? Is there no limit to their powers?” 
― Arundhati Roy,

Violence against women and girls touches every corner of the globe and is one of the world’s most pervasive human rights violations. Nazanin Boniadi

There can be no peace without development, no development without peace, and no lasting peace or sustainable development without respect for human rights and the rule of law.” –  Jan Eliasson

“Lost rights are never regained by appeals to the conscience of the usurpers, 
but by relentless struggle…. Goats are used for sacrificial offerings and not lions.” 
― Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar

Violence against women and girls touches every corner of the globe and is one of the world’s most pervasive human rights violations. Nazanin Boniadi

Human rights are not only violated by terrorism, repression or assassination, but also by unfair economic structures that creates huge inequalities.”-  Pope Francis

One cannot fail to notice the inconsistency of those rejecting human rights: their rejection takes place in the public square created by human rights. It is difficult to reject human rights without using them.” 
― Filip Spagnoli,

It is only through such real-life daily struggles and challenges that a genuine sensitivity to human rights can be inculcated. This is a truth that is not limited to school education: it applies to all of us. Daisaku Ikeda

“Peace does not just mean putting an end to violence or war, but to all other factors that threaten peace, such as discrimination, such as inequality, poverty.”  – Aung San Suu Kyi

It is only through such real-life daily struggles and challenges that a genuine sensitivity to human rights can be inculcated. This is a truth that is not limited to school education: it applies to all of us. Daisaku Ikeda

There is no contradiction between effective law enforcement and respect for civil and human rights. Dr. King did not stir us to move for our civil rights to have them taken away in these kinds of fashions. Dorothy Height

“We are way more powerful when we turn to each other and not on each other,when we celebrate our diversity… and together tear down the mighty walls of injustice.”- Cynthia McKinney

Human rights are being violated in so many places. But we don’t give up because we know respect for human rights and human dignity is a basic condition for peace. Antonio Guterres

“Human rights is the soul of our foreign policy, because human rights is the very soul of our sense of nationhood.” – Jimmy Carter

A people inspired by democracy, human rights and economic opportunity will turn their back decisively against extremism. Benazir Bhutto

“To deny people of their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.” ― Nelson Mandela

Let me reassure that the Kingdom of Cambodia a country with independence, neutrality, peace, freedom, democracy and human rights as you all have seen, shall be existing with no end. Hun Sen

The humanity of all Americans is diminished when any group is denied rights granted to others.” ― Julian Bond

A peaceful world requires collective measures for the prevention of war, international cooperation to solve economic and social problems, and respect for human rights. Goran Persson

“It is the purpose of government to see that not only the legitimate interests of the few are protected but that the welfare and rights of the many are conserved.” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt

Nobody and nothing will stop Russia on the road to strengthening democracy and ensuring human rights and freedoms. Vladimir Putin

We’ve been in the nation-building business since World War I, and especially since WWII. The goal is not a Jeffersonian Democracy in Afghanistan, but a representative government that respects human rights, protects its own people, and is a friend of the West. These are very realistic – and necessary – goals. Oliver North

“You can never be a first-class human being until you have learnt to have some regard for human frailty.” ― Abhijit Naskar

Governments that block the aspirations of their people, that steal or are corrupt, that oppress and torture or that deny freedom of expression and human rights should bear in mind that they will find it increasingly hard to escape the judgement of their own people, or where warranted, the reach of international law. William Hague

I see courage everywhere I go in Africa. Fearless human rights activists in Darfur. Women peace advocates in eastern Congo. Former child soldiers in Northern Uganda who now are helping other former child soldiers return to civilian life. John Prendergast

The idea of cultural relativism is nothing but an excuse to violate human rights. Shirin Ebadi

The passage of time hasn’t changed the fact that abortion is a serious, lethal violation of fundamental human rights, and that women and children deserve better, and that the demands of justice, generosity, and compassion require that the right to life be guaranteed to everyone. Chris Smith