“Attacks on truth are still a harbinger of tyranny. Nothing in our democracy is assured … nothing about our freedom is guaranteed. We have to work for it,” hy het gesê.
Biden discussed the importance of exposing complicity in human rights abuses, saying that when each of his children and grandchildren turn 15 jaar oud, he sends them to see the Dachau concentration camp in Germany.
“I want them to see the lovely homes that were right up against the fence line, with their beautiful roofs. People living in there rationalized that ‘It’s not me. I’m not doing this. And I don’t know, regtig, what’s going on in there,'” Biden emphasized. “I wanted them to see the ability of the human mind to rationalize cannot be underestimated.”
Atrocities, het hy opgemerk, is “happening now in other parts of the world” en “we see human rights and democratic principles increasingly under assault.”
“We feel the same charge of history upon our own shoulders to act,” the President continued. “We have fewer democracies in the world today than we did 15 jare terug. Fewer — not more. Fewer!”
The President pointed to actions by his administration to put human rights at the forefront of US policy, sê dit “leading by example means taking action at home to renew and defend our own democracy, to advance equity and promote justice, to defend the sacred right to vote in free, fair and secure elections.”
“Leading by example means not pretending that our history has been perfect, but demonstrating how strong nations speak honestly about the past and uphold the truth to strive to improve,” gaan hy voort.
The US has “nooit nie” lived up to its guiding principle that all men and women are created equal, Biden gesê.
“We have never lived up to it. We have never, until very recently, walked away from it. The arc has always bent closer and closer to the justice and inclusion. The moment we stop, the moment we rest, is the moment that our influence diminishes,” gaan hy voort.
Biden’s speech came a day after the US formally rejoined the United Nations Human Rights Council
. During his speech on Friday
, the President expressed astonishment over the Trump administration’s previous decision to leave the council
, crimes against humanity do not happen by accident
. They don’t happen by accident
. They’re the result of choices
, choices made by individual human beings and world leaders and sadly
, when you look around the world today
, we cannot say that the specter of atrocity is behind us
,” the President said
, pointing to human rights abuses against Uyghurs
in Sjina, die Rohingya in Myanmar and civilians in northern Ethiopia
He said he’s raised these issues with world leaders, later underscoring that “silence is complicity.”