Religious Freedom: Front and Center on Human Rights Day

by Nina Shea


Today is International Human Rights Day. On December 10, 1948, the U.N. Declaration on Human Rights was adopted, with significant American influence, thanks to Eleanor Roosevelt and others. Senator Marco Rubio remembered the day in a floor speech in the Senate, singling out religious freedom for special attention, along with human trafficking and women’s rights. Unlike Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, he was forthright in citing the dire peril now faced in real time by Egypt’s Copts. He also raised the issue of religious persecution in other countries that have for many years been the focus of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom: China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Cuba, Russia, and Venezuela.

 Nina Shea is director of the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom.

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