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Statement by Ambassador Bremberg on the Report of the Commission on Unalienable Rights
July 17, 2020

Statement by Ambassador Andrew Bremberg
U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva

On the Release of the First Report of the Commission on Unalienable Rights

At this moment, hundreds of millions of men, women, and children around the world continue to suffer under harsh authoritarian regimes, where their human rights and fundamental freedoms — to expression, peaceful assembly, religion or belief, property and even life — are violated every day.

Yesterday, the Commission on Unalienable Rights released their first report with the purpose of providing Secretary Pompeo and our foreign policy leadership with recommendations for upholding the human dignity and equal and unalienable rights of every human person.

Representing a broad range of wisdom and experience and grounded in our nation’s founding principles and in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Commission’s findings are both essential and profound. Not only does it amplify the inherent dignity and worth that is bestowed on all human beings by their creator, but it provides important and poignant recommendations on how we and our partners may further protect and preserve these fundamental freedoms.

The United States works tirelessly with our partners to defend these inherent rights around the world, and to advance and uphold human dignity. But sadly, there is more work to be done. It is my belief that this report will serve as a foundational document for those who, along with the United States, seek to champion foreign policy established in these principles. As we have since our founding, the United States will continue to be a beacon of freedom, defending those who cannot defend themselves and giving voice to those who cannot speak.


Report of the Commission on Unalienable Rights