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Rubio Comments on the State Department’s 2018 Human Rights Report

Mar 13, 2019 | Press Releases

Washington, D.C.– U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women’s Issues, today issued a statement after the State Department published its 2018 Human Rights Report:
“The State Department’s release of its annual Human Rights Report today reminds us how so many people around the world face daily assaults on their rights and freedoms at the hands of their own governments. It once again highlights that there are no shortage of human rights abuses in places like Cuba, Venezuela, China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, and Syria, as well as Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Vietnam.
“The report also reminds us how blessed we, the American people, are to live in a nation founded on the self-evident truth that every human is created equal and endowed with inalienable rights that no government or person can take away. Protecting and promoting human rights and human dignity internationally advances the values of our Constitution and U.S. national security interests, and must be a top priority in America’s foreign policy.
“The United States must be prepared to lead our allies in the free world in standing up to authoritarian governments who abuse their citizens and calling out injustice where we see it. Because there is no amount of money that can buy back our credibility on human rights, we must not hesitate to speak clearly on these matters not only with our enemies and rivals, but also with our allies and partners.”