Top 39 Inspirational Human Rights Day Quotes

1. “Peace does not just mean putting an end to violence or war, but to all other factors that threaten peace, such as discrimination, such as inequality, poverty.” – Aung San Suu Kyi

2. “If you want to improve your quality of life and the quality of life for all women, never stop questioning society or calling for change.” ― Justina De Pierris

3. “Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.” ― Abraham Lincoln

4. “Joy is found when you focus your energy on improving human dignity, human capacity and human values.” ― Amit Ray

5. “Human rights must work to uplift human dignity.” – Rodrigo Duterte

6. “You’re not under attack when others gain rights and privileges you’ve always had.” ― DaShanne Stokes

7. “Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave.” ― Frederick Douglass

8. “Humanitarian work isn’t criminal, nor is it heroic. Helping others should be normal.” ― Seán Binder

9. “Life is not a matter of place, things or comfort; rather, it concerns the basic human rights of family, country, justice and human dignity.” ― Imelda Marcos

10. “A right is not what someone gives you; it’s what no one can take from you.” – Ramsey Clark

11. “The day we become silent about the things that matter is the moment our lives begin to end.”- Shenita Etwaroo

12. “Give to every human being every right that you claim for yourself.” ― Robert Ingersoll

13. “If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.” ― Noam Chomsky

14. “Those who today still feel a sense of impotence can do something: they can support Amnesty International.” ― They can help it to stand up for freedom and justice.” ― Peter Benenson

15. “Some values must be universal, like human rights and the equal worth of every human being.” ― Bjorn Ulvaeus

16. “When you deprive people of their right to live in dignity, to hope for a better future, to have control over their lives, when you deprive them of that choice, then you expect them to fight for these rights.” ― Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan

17. “You can never be a first-class human being until you have learnt to have some regard for human frailty.” ― Abhijit Naskar

18. “Our hopes for a more just, safe, and peaceful world can only be achieved when there is universal respect for the inherent dignity and equal rights of all members of the human family.” – Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

19. “To deny people of their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.” ― Nelson Mandela

20. “Silence never won rights.” ― They are not handed down from above; they are forced by pressures from below.” ― Roger Nash Baldwin

21. “No human being should be maltreated under any circumstances. We are all wonderful creation of God. May we affectionately love one another.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita

22. “My dreams for the future are simple: work, a happy, healthy family, a lovely long motorcycle ride, and continuing the struggle to awaken people to the need for serious human rights reform.” – Mike Farrell

23. “The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.” ― John F. Kennedy

24. “What we want to see is the development of human rights and greater democracy, not just because it is our system but because we think that’s the best way that economic and political development go hand in hand.” ― Tony Blair

25. “Letters aren’t just a simple gesture of solidarity, they become a source of hope and they have the potential to change people’s lives. I am living proof.” ― Nestor Fantini

26. “Liberty must be engraved in our heart and practiced every minute to the letter and spirit.” ― Abhijit Naskar

27. “There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” – Elie Wiesel

28. “Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

29. “Get up, stand up, Stand up for your rights. Get up, stand up, Don’t give up the fight.” ― Bob Marley

30. “A right delayed is a right denied.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

31. “To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.” ― Nelson Mandela

32. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” ― Martin Luther King

33. “Activism works. So what I’m telling you to do now, is to act. Because no one is too small to make a difference.” ― Greta Thunberg

34. “Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” ― Malala Yousafzai

35. “Freedom means the supremacy of human rights everywhere. Our support goes to those who struggle to gain those rights or keep them. Our strength is our unity of purpose. To that high concept there can be no end save victory.” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt

36. “There can be no peace without development, no development without peace, and no lasting peace or sustainable development without respect for human rights and the rule of law.” ― Former UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson

37. “We are way more powerful when we turn to each other and not on each other, when we celebrate our diversity… and together tear down the mighty walls of injustice.”- Cynthia McKinney

38. “It means a great deal to those who are oppressed to know that they are not alone. Never let anyone tell you that what you are doing is insignificant.” Desmond Tutu

39. “Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where the people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free.” –Dalai Lama

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