[OPE] Samantha Power on freedom of assembly and association "large and small, rich and poor, north and south, east and west"

From: Jurriaan Bendien <adsl675281@telfort.nl>
Date: Fri Oct 01 2010 - 05:09:50 EDT

A Landmark Achievement for Human Rights: The Special Rapporteur on Freedom
of Assembly and Association
Posted by Samantha Power on September 30, 2010 at 07:05 PM EDT

"Today, in Geneva, in a landmark achievement for human rights, a diverse
group of countries - large and small, rich and poor, north and south, east
and west - came together to create the first-ever Special Rapporteur on
freedom of assembly and association. This new position will collect critical
information about how these rights are exercised, identify best practices
that promote and protect these rights, and help hold governments accountable
for their restrictions on civil society activity. The geographic diversity
of the 62 countries that co-sponsored this resolution - including original
co-sponsors the Czech Republic, Indonesia, Lithuania, the Maldives, Mexico
and Nigeria - are but the latest testament to the universality of the right
to assemble - a right enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human
Rights, and acted upon every day by citizens around the world who mobilize
on behalf of good government, more inclusive politics, cleaner air, media
freedom, and the full stable of human rights. Most notably, many of these
cosponsors were nations that emerged from tyranny in the second half of the
last century. Together this group conveyed our shared belief, in President
Obama's words, that "part of the price of our own freedom is standing up for
the freedom of others."

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