September 14, 2017

ABA urges State Department to prioritize human rights, justice and rule of law

CHICAGO, Sept. 14, 2017 — To mark the United Nations’ International Day of Democracy, the American Bar Association has sent a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson noting the need to continue prioritizing the promotion of democracy, human rights, justice and the rule of law.

“Advancing democratic governance, respect for human rights, accountability for atrocity crimes and respect for the rule of law fosters more peaceful and successful societies in ways that serve U.S. commercial and security interests alike,” ABA President Hilarie Bass wrote in the letter. “These efforts help counter violence and extremism that threaten our security; they foster stable environments in which U.S. investment and trade can thrive.”

The State Department’s efforts to advance human rights and the rule of law “make the world safer, more stable and more prosperous, and help cement American leadership in the world,” Bass wrote.

Read the full text of the letter here.

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