Human Rights Quotes

Whenever there is a conflict between human rights and property rights, human rights must prevail.

Abraham Lincoln

If the equality of individuals and the dignity of man be myths, they are myths to which the republic is committed.

Howard Mumford Jones

No man is above the law and no man below it.

Theodore Roosevelt

Give to every human being every right that you claim for yourself.

Robert Ingersoll

The most effective way to restrict democracy is to transfer decision-making from the public arena to unaccountable institutions: kings and princes, priestly castes, military juntas, party dictatorships, or modern corporations.

Noam Chomsky

The fundamental rights of [humanity] are, first: the right of habitation; second, the right to move freely; third, the right to the soil and subsoil, and to the use of it; fourth, the right of freedom of labor and of exchange; fifth, the right to justice; sixth, the right to live within a natural national organization; and seventh, the right to education.

Albert Schweitzer

The first principal of nonviolent action is that of noncooperation with everything humiliating.

Cesar Chavez

The Framers of the Bill of Rights did not purport to "create" rights. Rather, they designed the Bill of Rights to prohibit our Government from infringing rights and liberties presumed to be preexisting.

Justice William J. Brennan

You can imprison a man, but not an idea. You can exile a man, but not an idea. You can kill a man, but not an idea.

Benazir Bhutto

Torture is banned but in two-thirds of the world's countries it is still being committed in secret. Too many governments still allow wrongful imprisonment, murder or "disappearance" to be carried out by their officials with impunity.

Peter Benenson

Those who today still feel a sense of impotence can do something: they can support Amnesty International. They can help it to stand up for freedom and justice.

Peter Benenson

The Convention is not only a visionary document. We are reminded daily that it is an agreement that works and its utility can be seen in the everyday use to which I have seen it increasingly being put by country after country, in policy, in practice and in law.

Carol Bellamy

Through electing officials that will protect the Constitution and commit themselves to the rights of the people and the health of the nation, we will be able to ensure that no group of ideologues and no private sector institution can coopt our rights, take us into senseless wars and steal the nation from its people.

Harry Belafonte

The right to development is the measure of the respect of all other human rights.That should be our aim: a situation in which all individuals are enabled to maximize their potential, and to contribute to the evolution of society as a whole.

Kofi Annan

In the future, human rights will be increasingly a universal criterion for designing ethical systems.

Mahnaz Afkhami

There can be no press freedom when journalists exist in conditions of corruption, poverty and fear.

Aidan White

Close by the Rights of Man, at the least set beside them, are the Rights of the Spirit.

Victor Hugo

Human Beings, indeed all sentient beings, have the right to pursue happiness and live in peace and freedom.

Dalai Lama

In the old times men carried out their rights for themselves as they lived, but nowadays every baby seems born with a social manifesto in its mouth much bigger than itself.

Oscar Wilde

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

Jimmy Carter

No President has ever done more for human rights than I have.

George Walker Bush

Most people, no doubt, when they espouse human rights, make their own mental reservations about the proper application of the word human.

Suzanne Lafollette

From the day of our Founding, we have proclaimed that every man and woman on this earth has rights, and dignity, and matchless value, because they bear the image of the Maker of Heaven and earth. Across the generations we have proclaimed the imperative of self-government, because no one is fit to be a master, and no one deserves to be a slave.

George Walker Bush

I am not here as a public official, but as a citizen of a troubled world who finds hope in a growing consensus that the generally accepted goals of society are peace, freedom, human rights, environmental quality, the alleviation of suffering, and the rule of law.

James Earl Carter, Jr.

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Updated On : October 27, 2013
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