December 10, 1998


That is why, today, we are presenting the first Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights to four outstanding Americans -- not only for their own efforts, but because we know that, by working together, we can do more. From different backgrounds and generations they stand, all, in the great tradition of Eleanor Roosevelt, pioneers in the fight to expand the frontiers of freedom.

President Bill Clinton

Today, President Clinton will commemorate Human Rights Day and the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at a White House ceremony. At the event, the President will announce policy initiatives to advance the cause of human rights at home and abroad and honor outstanding American human rights leaders.

Honoring Heroes Of The Struggle For Human Rights. This year's commemoration of Human Rights Day will mark the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the UN General Assembly declaration affirming universal standards of human rights and fundamental freedoms. Adoption of this declaration was led by former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. To honor her commitment to the principles of the Declaration, the President has approved the establishment of the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights. The President will honor the four distinguished Americans as the inaugural recipients of this new award:

A Presidential Commitment To Human Rights. In addition to issuing the inaugural Eleanor Roosevelt Awards, the President will also announce several new human rights initiatives, including:

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