Statement of the Embassy of the United States on the Occasion of Human Rights Day (December 10)

Statement of the Embassy of the United States on the Occasion of Human Rights Day (December 10)

Today, the United States Embassy in Georgia is pleased to celebrate the 68th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  Adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognizes that human beings are entitled to certain fundamental rights, regardless of race, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, disability, religion, or any other feature of human diversity.  These rights are not just about freedom from violence, torture, unlawful detention, discrimination, and oppression, but also include the freedom to speak, criticize, associate, access information, and practice one’s religion.

We praise Georgia’s civil society for upholding and advancing these freedoms and human rights, and are pleased to partner with the Georgian government to promote and strengthen its institutions’ protection of these rights on the road to Euro-Atlantic integration.  We will continue to support Georgia’s efforts to make human rights a reality for all people, and will continue to stand with Georgia’s citizens, activists, and government as they work to do the same.  Advancing freedom and human rights is our daily work, and respect for the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights will create a more perfect world, in which each human being lives freely and with dignity.