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Chargé d'Affaires Benjamin Moeling's Statement at the UN Forum on Human Rights, Democracy, Rule of Law
November 16, 2021

Third Session of the UN Forum on Human Rights, Democracy, Rule of Law in Geneva

On this year’s International Day of Democracy, President Biden affirmed the United States’ conviction that democracy is humanity’s most enduring means to advance peace, prosperity, and security.

The United States is taking domestic and international actions to strengthen democracy and to protect and promote respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, both offline and online.

In December, President Biden will host the first Summit for Democracy where we will seek ways to collaborate with other democratic nations to send a clear message about our shared democratic values. We will also commit to meaningful new actions to counter authoritarianism, combat corruption, and protect human rights.

Democratic progress demands that all citizens have equal opportunity to participate in political processes through the exercise of the right of peaceful assembly, freedom of association, and freedom of expression. Free and fair periodic elections, along with a robust civil society, build confidence in representative governance and contribute to greater peace and stability.

The international community must recommit to doing the hard work necessary to ensure that democracies continue to lead the world with our values and shape a future that is built on respect for the human rights of all individuals.