Development and security are only possible when human rights are respected.
More than 60 years ago, the world’s leaders proclaimed a new framework of rights, laws, and institutions that could pave a path for a world in which every person has the opportunity to live up to his or her potential. They affirmed the universality of human rights through the Universal Declaration and legal agreements including those aimed at combating genocide, war crimes and torture, and challenging discrimination against women and racial and religious minorities.
In the broader context, people must be free from the oppression of tyranny, from torture, from discrimination, from the fear of leaders who will imprison or “disappear” them. But they also must be free from the oppression of want – want of food, want of health, want of education, and want of equality in law and in fact.
“Most Israelis, want peace with the Palestinians. But they are absolutely certain that no Palestinian wants peace with them. You go to the Palestinians and you will find 80/90% of Palestinians want peace. But they are just as certain that the Israelis don't want peace.”