Thank you for sharing your thoughts with
me. Many Americans have written to me about human rights around the
world, and I appreciate your perspective.
States was founded on the principles of freedom and equality, and our
history is marked with triumphs and struggles in fulfilling these
timeless ideals. Our task is not finished, and protecting these core
values is a shared obligation and a priority for my Administration. No
nation should be silent in the fight against human rights violations.
When innocents in places like Sudan, Syria, and the Democratic Republic
of Congo are raped, murdered, or tortured, it is a stain on our
collective conscience. I am committed to reinvigorating America’s
leadership on a range of international human rights issues.
the struggle for human rights continues around the world, we have
witnessed an extraordinary change in the Middle East and North Africa.
Country by country, people have risen up across this region to demand
their human rights; too often, these calls for change have been answered
by violence. The United States opposes the use of violence and
repression against these men and women. Rather, we support a set of
universal rights, including free speech, the freedom of peaceful
assembly, freedom of religion, equality for men and women under the rule
of law, and the right of people to choose their own leaders. We also
support political and economic reform in the Middle East and North
Africa that can meet the legitimate aspirations of ordinary people
throughout the region. While change may not come easily, America will
stand squarely on the side of those who are reaching for their rights,
knowing their success will bring about a world that is more peaceful,
more stable, and more just.
As you may know, the United
States has joined the United Nations Human Rights Council and is working
to make this body as effective as possible. My Administration will
also advocate for human rights in other international settings. In our
relations with other countries, the issue of human rights will continue
to be raised as clearly, persistently, and effectively as possible.
Among other things, we will continue to promote accountability for mass
atrocities; respect for the rights of minorities and women; freedom of
association, speech, and religion; and freedom for people to live as
they choose and love whom they chose.
Our commitment to
human rights is an essential element of American foreign policy and
serves our national security. Through it, we will help to shut down
torture chambers, replace tyranny with good governance, and enlist free
nations in the common cause of liberty. To learn more about my
Administration’s human rights agenda, please visit www.HumanRights.gov
or www.WhiteHouse.gov/CPo. Thank you, again, for writing.