Distinguished guests, partners, and civil society leaders. It is my pleasure to march with you today and to celebrate the 64th International Human Rights Day.
Each year on December 10th, we commemorate the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations. In adopting this Declaration, the United States and governments around the world affirmed that human beings are – by birth – endowed with inalienable rights.
Today, we continue the hard work of making human rights a reality for every person, no matter who they are or where they live. Human rights include the freedom to speak, criticize, associate, assemble, and practice one’s religion.
All states have an obligation under international law to respect these fundamental freedoms – whether they are exercised online or offline. Governments also need to ensure that the judicial system is free from political interference to guarantee that these rights are always respected.
We strive to protect these rights in the United States and have made their promotion a core element of our foreign policy. Protecting human rights is essential to strong rule of law, civilian security, economic development, and, ultimately, lasting peace.
This was a key message of President Obama’s during his visit to Cambodia last month, when he urged progress on these issues and stressed that the promise of Cambodia’s great people would only be realized when human rights are fully respected and all voices are heard.
Civil society organizations help to ensure representation of all voices by standing up for those who have been silenced, and they complement government efforts to find innovative solutions to complex issues. History demonstrates the importance of civil society in sustaining vibrant communities – both within and across borders.
As such, the United States supports human rights defenders and engages with activists and civil society organizations here in Cambodia, and around the world, to build local capacity to advocate for fundamental human rights.
Secretary Clinton has said, “Our human rights agenda for the 21st century is to make human rights a reality.” Human Rights Day symbolizes the continuation of the struggle to make human rights truly universal – a reality for all people regardless of race, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, or religion.
In Cambodia, this goal can only be achieved through the active involvement of all Cambodians. In working to strengthen and protect human rights, you are all building a stronger Cambodia that promises a brighter future for generations to come. Thank you. Courtesy the U.S. Embassy to Cambodia Download speech in Khmer hr2012 U.S.Embassy to Cambodia
A Dhamma Talk on Vipassana and mindfulness meditation by Vipassana Gossalaya Jotannano Hong Keo, Vipassana Buddhist Master during a 10-Day Meditation & Vipassana Retreats at the Buddhist Meditation Center, Wat Kiryvongsa Bopharam on the 11th Waxing Moon – 7th Waning Moon of Jeṭṭha B.E.2560 equivalent to June 15 – 26, A.D.2016 in Leverett, Massachusetts, U.S.A. in 2016.
ក្រុងសាវត្ថី Sāvatthī or Śrāvastī
Vipassana chanting by Meditation Master Ketodhammo Som Bunthoeun. Footages from 2016 Vipassana classes at the Buddhist Meditation Center – Wat Kiryvongsa Bopharam in Leverett, Massachusetts, USA.
SAMDECH CHUON NATH
Khmer literature and Dhamma talk by His Holiness Jotannano Chuon Nath, the Supreme Patriarch of Cambodia Buddhism. His Holiness was born on March 11, 1883; passed away on September 25, 1969
MAHA GHOSANANDA SERVICES
Extraordinary Funeral and Memorial Services for His Holiness Samdech Dr. Maha Ghosananda