International Human Rights Day and Iran

December 6, 2011 – New York – The AJC weekly radio messages are broadcast on the CBS radio network, before The Osgood File. All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at


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December 10th is International Human Rights Day.

It marks the adoption, in 1948, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Much progress has been achieved on the human rights front.

But there's more work to do.

Our job, as those blessed with human rights, is to speak up for the victims of human rights abuse.

Take Iran.

Documented reports show serial violation of human rights there.

The targets are women, gays, students, political dissidents, journalists, religious minorities, and others who don't necessarily think or act like the country's ruling mullahs.

Our voices need to be heard.

When apartheid ruled South Africa, and when communism defined the Soviet bloc, many spoke up. The same should be true for Iran.

We need to be visible and vocal, giving voice to those who need a lifeline to the outside world.

By doing so, we can offer real meaning to the universality of human rights.


This is David Harris of AJC.

Date: 12/6/2011 12:00:00 AM
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