This year, Attorney General Sean D. Reyes was invited to present on the State of Utah’s human rights record during the third Universal Periodic Review of the United States of America by the United Nations’ Human Rights Council on November 9, 2020.
The Universal Periodic Review of the United States is scheduled every four and a half years and provides an opportunity for States to report on human rights conditions within their border as well as an opportunity for the global community to discuss human rights around the world.
As part of the U.S. interagency delegation, Attorney General Reyes presented on the State of Utah and its efforts to combat human trafficking and hate crimes, its response and steps to prevent incidents of excessive police force, and its efforts to protect and preserve human rights.
This document was a milestone in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world and adopted in 1948, the Declaration proclaimed a common standard for all peoples and all nations. For the first time in history, the Declaration set forth the fundamental human rights that are to be universally protected.
The United Nations Office of
the High Commissioner for Human Rights states that the UDHR “has set the direction for all subsequent work
in the field of human rights and has provided the basic philosophy for many
legally binding international instruments designed to protect the rights and
freedoms which it proclaims.”
The theme for Human Rights Week
is ‘Human rights start with you’. This simple, yet important message
establishes the inherent need for each of us to recognize our part in ensuring
that the principles of freedom, respect, equality, and dignity are established
and thriving in our communities and in our interactions with those around us.
Let us reaffirm our commitment
to respect and adhere to the inalienable human rights proclaimed within the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights and continue to work to unify men and women of
every background in every nation around the world.