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1 Human Rights 1 (1978)

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                                                               Bureau of Public Affairs
Selected          D   ocum        ents        No. 5 (Revised)  Office of Public Communication


                                 litnan Rights



                     The search for peace and justice also means respect for human
                dignity. All the signatories of the UN Charter have pledged them-
                selves to observe and to respect basic human rights. Thus, no member
                of the United Nations can claim that mistreatment of its citizens is
                solely its own business. Equally, no member can avoid its responsi-
                bilities to review and to speak when torture or unwarranted depriva-
                tion occurs in any part of the world.
                    The basic thrust of human affairs points toward a more uni-
                versal demand for fundamental human rights. The United States has
                a historical birthright to be associated with this process.
                    We in the United States accept this responsibility in the fullest
                and the most constructive sense. Ours is a commitment and not just a
                political posture. I know perhaps as well as anyone that our own
                ideals in the area of human rights have not always been attained in
                the United States, but the American people have an abiding commit-
                ment to the full realization of these ideals. And we are determined,
                therefore, to deal with our deficiencies quickly and openly. We have
                nothing to conceal.
                    To demonstrate this commitment, I will seek congressional ap-
                proval and sign the UN Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural
                Rights and the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. And I will work
                closely with our own Congress in seeking to support the ratification
                not only of these two instruments but the UN Genocide Convention
                and the Treaty for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimi-
                nation as well ......
                                                        -President Carter
                                                        United Nations
                                                        March 17, 1977

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