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Attorney General Reyes Presents Utah’s Human Rights Record to United Nations

November 9, 2020

This year, Attorney General Sean D. Reyes was invited to present on the State of Utah’s human rights record during the third Universal Periodic Review of the United States of America by the United Nations’ Human Rights Council on November 9, 2020.

The Universal Periodic Review of the United States is scheduled every four and a half years and provides an opportunity for States to report on human rights conditions within their border as well as an opportunity for the global community to discuss human rights around the world.

As part of the U.S. interagency delegation, Attorney General Reyes presented on the State of Utah and its efforts to combat human trafficking and hate crimes, its response and steps to prevent incidents of excessive police force, and its efforts to protect and preserve human rights.

Read his presentation here and watch it below.

Read the U.S. Department of State’s press release on the Universal Periodic Review of the United States of America here.

Commemorating Human Rights Day & Week

December 10, 2019

Today on Human Rights Day and this week for Human Rights Week, we commemorate the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

This document was a milestone in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world and adopted in 1948, the Declaration proclaimed a common standard for all peoples and all nations. For the first time in history, the Declaration set forth the fundamental human rights that are to be universally protected.

The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights states that the UDHR “has set the direction for all subsequent work in the field of human rights and has provided the basic philosophy for many legally binding international instruments designed to protect the rights and freedoms which it proclaims.”

The theme for Human Rights Week is ‘Human rights start with you’. This simple, yet important message establishes the inherent need for each of us to recognize our part in ensuring that the principles of freedom, respect, equality, and dignity are established and thriving in our communities and in our interactions with those around us.

Let us reaffirm our commitment to respect and adhere to the inalienable human rights proclaimed within the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and continue to work to unify men and women of every background in every nation around the world.

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