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Kerry: US Commits to Uphold Human Rights Across the World

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•Wharton leads delegation to AU dialogue
…Jude Johnson 

The United States (US) Secretary of State, Mr. John Kerry, has assured the commitment of America to uphold the universal and fundamental human rights that embodies freedom for all mankind.

Kerry gave this assurances in a statement marking the International Human Rights Day celebrated every December 10 by the United Nations (UN) member countries across the world.

He said the UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 68 years ago to recognize and elevate the inherent dignity and inalienable rights of all individuals.

“On this International Human Rights Day, we recommit ourselves to upholding universal respect for the fundamental freedoms of all humankind,” he assured.

According to Kerry, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights holds the promise of hope for the civilians who are caught in the crossfire of conflict, the citizens who fight against repressive governments, the families that are driven out of their homes and displaced by conflict, and the workers who are exploited for the profit of others.

He said: “We stand in solidarity with those working to secure better and brighter futures, and commit to safeguarding their inalienable human rights in the pursuit of freedom, justice, and peace.

“Today and every day, the United States will continue to urge all nations to observe the principles of liberty, democracy, free expression, and equal protection under the law without distinction based on race, creed, sexual orientation, political opinion, or faith.”

As we celebrate the progress we’ve made toward a more just world, he said, we reaffirm our unwavering devotion to a universal value—preserving and protecting the equal and inalienable human rights of all people.

In a related development, the Acting Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Mr. Bruce Wharton, is leading the U.S. Delegation attending the 4th High Level Dialogue with the African Union Commission, which is taking place today, December 12.

The High Level Dialogue is an important opportunity to deepen the U.S. Government’s relationship with Africa, and to discuss our common commitments and concerns.

During his visit, Acting Under Secretary Wharton will meet with Mandela Washington Fellows from the President’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), as well as other alumni of U.S. government exchange programs. He will also tour the newly-opened Africa Surveillance and Response Unit at the Africa Center for Disease Control (CDC).

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