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December 09, 2022

Statement of ABA President Deborah Enix-Ross Re: Human Rights Day 2022

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2022 – The American Bar Association joins the world on Saturday in commemorating Human Rights Day, when we renew our commitment to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations in 1948.

The 2022 theme of Human Rights Day is “Dignity, Freedom, and Justice for All” and the call to action is #StandUp4HumanRights. Only through the recognition of the inherent dignity and the equal and inalienable rights of all people can there be true justice in the world.

Every day, the ABA strives to put the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights into action, both in the United States and around the world, through our advocacy for vulnerable populations, support for defenders of human rights and promotion of the rule of law.

The ABA calls on members of the legal community to reaffirm their commitment to defending the rights of all people and upholding the rule of law.

The ABA is the largest voluntary association of lawyers in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.