States are not moral agents, people are, and can impose moral standards on powerful institutions.
You cannot make yourself feel something you do not feel, but you can make yourself do right in spite of your feelings.
Be as beneficent as the sun or the sea, but if your rights as a rational being are trenched on, die on the first inch of your territory.
Fear is not the natural state of civilized people.
Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral.
If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.
I regard class differences as contrary to justice and, in the last resort, based on force.
What it will mean is that companies will have to take account of human-rights implications of any investment they make.
Man's inhumanity to man makes countless thousands mourn!
A good motivation is what is needed: compassion without dogmatism, without complicated philosophy; just understanding that others are human brothers and sisters and respecting their human rights and dignities. That we humans can help each other is one of our unique human capacities.
Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err. It passes my comprehension how human beings, be they ever so experienced and able, can delight in depriving other human beings of that precious right.
The twentieth century may tell us that we have nothing to be complacent about in the recent history of humankind; but it also tells us that there is nothing inevitable about tyranny.
The only way to make sure people you agree with can speak is to support the rights of people you don't agree with.
Individuals have rights and there are things no person or group may do to them (without violating their rights).
We have a human rights interest. Then there is the immigration problem. The human-rights violations have caused people to take to boats and flood not only the United States, but other countries in the region, creating great instability.
It has long been recognized that an essential element in protecting human rights was a widespread knowledge among the population of what their rights are and how they can be defended.
The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.
A century that began with children having virtually no rights is ending with children having the most powerful legal instrument that not only recognizes but protects their human rights.
So long as we have enough people in this country willing to fight for their rights, we'll be called a democracy.
Silence never won rights. They are not handed down from above; they are forced by pressures from below.
The evolution of the human rights movement clearly illustrates humanity's ongoing struggle toward creating a better world.
Women's empowerment is intertwined with respect for human rights.
The connection between women's human rights, gender equality, socioeconomic development and peace is increasingly apparent.
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