„Our respect for human rights requires us to execute him.“

—  Nouri al-Maliki, As quoted in "Saddam Hanged" http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,251-2523732,00.html, by The Times Online.
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„Of him to whom less is given, less will be required, but our utmost exertions are required of us all.“

—  Anne Brontë, livro The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848), Ch. XXIII : First weeks of Matrimony; Helen to Arthur

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„Respect for human rights requires transparent and accountable institutions and governance as well as the effective participation of all individuals and civil society, who are an essential part of realizing social and people-centred sustainable development.“

—  Alfred de Zayas American United Nations official 1947
2013, India: Urgent call to halt Odisha mega-steel project amid serious human rights concerns http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=13805&LangID=E.

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„Both security and development ultimately depend on respect for human rights and the rule of law.“

—  Kofi Annan 7th Secretary-General of the United Nations 1938
Truman Library address (2006), Context: Both security and development ultimately depend on respect for human rights and the rule of law. — Although increasingly interdependent, our world continues to be divided — not only by economic differences, but also by religion and culture. That is not in itself a problem. Throughout history, human life has been enriched by diversity, and different communities have learnt from each other. But, if our different communities are to live together in peace we must stress also what unites us: our common humanity, and our shared belief that human dignity and rights should be protected by law.

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„This awareness endows us with the capacity for self-transcendence. Politicians at international forums may reiterate a thousand times that the basis of the new world order must be universal respect for human rights, but it will mean nothing as long as this imperative does not derive from the respect of the miracle of Being, the miracle of the universe, the miracle of nature, the miracle of our own existence.“

—  Václav Havel playwright, essayist, poet, dissident and 1st President of the Czech Republic 1936 - 2011
The Need for Transcendence in the Postmodern World (1994), Context: A modern philosopher once said: "Only a God can save us now." Yes, the only real hope of people today is probably a renewal of our certainty that we are rooted in the earth and, at the same time, in the cosmos. This awareness endows us with the capacity for self-transcendence. Politicians at international forums may reiterate a thousand times that the basis of the new world order must be universal respect for human rights, but it will mean nothing as long as this imperative does not derive from the respect of the miracle of Being, the miracle of the universe, the miracle of nature, the miracle of our own existence. Only someone who submits to the authority of the universal order and of creation, who values the right to be a part of it and a participant in it, can genuinely value himself and his neighbors, and thus honor their rights as well.

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„We, on our side, are praying Him to give us victory, because we believe we are right; but those on the other side pray to Him, look for victory, believing they are right. What must He think of us?“

—  Abraham Lincoln 16th President of the United States 1809 - 1865
Posthumous attributions, Attributed in 1861, as quoted in The Life of Abraham Lincoln: Drawn from Original Sources https://books.google.com/books?id=3WMDAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA124&dq=%22What+must+he+think+of+us%22 (1900), Volume 3, New York: Lincoln History Society, p. 124

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„The right to have our environment protected for the benefit of our generation and the benefit of future generations is our most crucial human right.“

—  Lewis Pugh Environmental campaigner, maritime lawyer and endurance swimmer 1969
Speaking & Features, My African Dream: Faith Rally Address, COP17, Context: The right to have our environment protected for the benefit of our generation and the benefit of future generations is our most crucial human right. I do not say that lightly - especially given South Africa’s past.

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„Both of them mean that Labor has no rights which Capital is bound to respect,—that there is no higher law than human interest and cupidity.“

—  James Russell Lowell American poet, critic, editor, and diplomat 1819 - 1891
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