Tuesday, December 9, 1997
Human Rights Declaration

Advancing human rights is -- and must always be a central pillar of America's foreign policy. I'm proud of what we've achieved over the last five years, but acutely aware that more remains to be done.

President Clinton,
December 9, 1997

President Clinton Launches 50th Anniversary of Human Rights Declaration

In launching the 50th anniversary year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, President Clinton honored the United States' commitment to human rights and issued a call to action. Tomorrow, First Lady Hillary Clinton will provide the keynote address at the United Nations' celebration commemorating the signing of the Human Rights Declaration. These appearances build on President Clinton's work to promote human rights and democracy both at home and abroad.

50 Years Ago, United Nations Signed Human Rights Declaration
Tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of the United Nations General Assembly's adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10, 1948. The document's 30 articles outline freedoms which ought to be shared by all people in all countries.

President Clinton Promotes Human Rights Abroad
Under President Clinton, the United States has led international efforts to put an end to the most egregious abuses and continues to provide vital support to build democratic institutions in Haiti, Bosnia and other countries. The United States is promoting conflict resolution, human rights monitoring, accountability and building institutions of justice in Central Africa. In China, the U.S. continues to press vigorously for progress on prisoner releases, religious freedom and the rule of law. And throughout Central Europe and the former Soviet Union, the United States is contributing substantial resources to build successful democratic transitions.

President Clinton Makes Human Rights A Priority With U.S. Government

President Clinton Supports International Human Rights Institutions: