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 For too long the development debate              has ignored the fact that povertyKofi Annan    tends to be characterize...
 What we want to see is the              development of human rights andTony Blair    greater democracy, not just        ...
 When it comes to the commonGeorge W.    rights and needs of men andBush         women, there is no clash of             ...
 I look forward confidently to the day when                  all who work for a living will be one with noMartin Luther  ...
 All human beings, whatever their              cultural or historicalDalai Lama    background, suffer when they are      ...
 First they came for the Jews and IPastor Martin    did not speak out -- because I wasNiemoeler        not a Jew. Then th...
 If civilization is to survive, weFranklin D.     must cultivate the science ofRoosevelt       human relationships -- the...
 Where after all do universal humanEleanor      rights begin? In small places, closesRoosevelt    to home - so close and ...
 Spread love everywhere you go:                 first of all in your own house. GiveMother Teresa    love to your childre...
 The rights of every man areJohn F.    diminished when the rights of oneKennedy    man are threatened.
 Wherever men and women are               persecuted because of their race,Elie Wiesel    religion, or political views, t...
 When we struggle for human                rights, for freedom, for dignity,Oscar Romero    when we feel that it is a min...
 Human rights are a fine thing, butAleksandr I.    how can we be sure that ourSolzhenitsyn    rights do not expand at the...
 The true civilization is whereRobert G.    every man gives to every otherIngersoll    man every right he claims for     ...
 We must understand the role ofMary        human rights as empowering ofRobinson    individuals and communities. By      ...
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  2. 2.  For too long the development debate has ignored the fact that povertyKofi Annan tends to be characterized not only by material insufficiency but also by denial of rights. What is needed is a rights-based approach to development. Ensuring essential political, economic and social entitlements and human dignity for all people provides the rationale for policy. These are not a luxury affordable only to the rich and powerful but an indispensable component of national development efforts.
  3. 3.  What we want to see is the development of human rights andTony Blair greater democracy, not just because it is our system but because we think that’s the best way that economic and political development go hand in hand.
  4. 4.  When it comes to the commonGeorge W. rights and needs of men andBush women, there is no clash of civilizations. The requirements of freedom apply fully to Africa and Latin America and the entire Islamic world. The peoples of the Islamic nations want and deserve the same freedoms and opportunities as people in every nation. And their governments should listen to their hopes.
  5. 5.  I look forward confidently to the day when all who work for a living will be one with noMartin Luther thought to their separateness as Negroes,King, Jr. Jews, Italians or any other distinctions. This will be the day when we bring into full realization the American dream -- a dream yet unfulfilled. A dream of equality of opportunity, of privilege and property widely distributed; a dream of a land where men will not take necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few; a dream of a land where men will not argue that the color of a mans skin determines the content of his character; a dream of a nation where all our gifts and resources are held not for ourselves alone, but as instruments of service for the rest of humanity; the dream of a country where every man will respect the dignity and worth of the human personality.
  6. 6.  All human beings, whatever their cultural or historicalDalai Lama background, suffer when they are intimidated, imprisoned or tortured . . . . We must, therefore, insist on a global consensus, not only on the need to respect human rights worldwide, but also on the definition of these rights . . . for it is the inherent nature of all human beings to yearn for freedom, equality and dignity, and they have an equal right to achieve that.
  7. 7.  First they came for the Jews and IPastor Martin did not speak out -- because I wasNiemoeler not a Jew. Then they came for the communists and I did not speak out -- because I was not a communist. Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out -- because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for me -- and there was no one left to speak out for me.
  8. 8.  If civilization is to survive, weFranklin D. must cultivate the science ofRoosevelt human relationships -- the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace.
  9. 9.  Where after all do universal humanEleanor rights begin? In small places, closesRoosevelt to home - so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any map of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person: The neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere.
  10. 10.  Spread love everywhere you go: first of all in your own house. GiveMother Teresa love to your children, to your wife or husband, to a next door neighbor . . . . Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of Gods kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting.
  11. 11.  The rights of every man areJohn F. diminished when the rights of oneKennedy man are threatened.
  12. 12.  Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race,Elie Wiesel religion, or political views, that place must — at that moment — become the center of the universe
  13. 13.  When we struggle for human rights, for freedom, for dignity,Oscar Romero when we feel that it is a ministry of the church to concern itself for those who are hungry, for those who have no schools, for those who are deprived, we are not departing from God’s promise. He comes to free us from sin, and the church knows that sin’s consequences are all such injustices and abuses.
  14. 14.  Human rights are a fine thing, butAleksandr I. how can we be sure that ourSolzhenitsyn rights do not expand at the expense of the rights of others. . . . Human freedom includes voluntary self-limitation for the sake of others.
  15. 15.  The true civilization is whereRobert G. every man gives to every otherIngersoll man every right he claims for himself.
  16. 16.  We must understand the role ofMary human rights as empowering ofRobinson individuals and communities. By protecting these rights, we can help prevent the many conflicts based on poverty, discrimination and exclusion (social, economic and political) that continue to plague humanity and destroy decades of development efforts.

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