PHR Remembers Victims of September 11 Attacks and Thanks All Who Fight for Human Rights
PHR marks the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001, by remembering the victims of the brutal terrorist attacks and thanking all those who continue to fight for human rights.
The assaults on September 11, 2001, represented a base attack on the most universal and elementary human right—the right to life, liberty, and security of person, as expressed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Unfortunately, reflecting on the decade since 9/11 calls into question our collective commitment to human rights, accountability, and justice.
In the aftermath of the attacks, fear drove many of our actions. Almost immediately, the Bush Administration began dismantling US anti-torture law and policy and violating principles enshrined in the US Constitution.
During this dark moment in our history, brave voices called for the US to honor its longstanding commitment to the principles of international human right laws: the right to be free from torture, arbitrary arrest, and indefinite detention; the right to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal; and the right to a social and international order in which these rights can be fully realized.
September 11 will always be a day to remember those who were killed or lost loved ones. Today, PHR also thanks the defenders of basic human rights who seek to restore the US commitment against torture, to ensure humane treatment of detainees, and to protect US health personnel from complicity in mistreatment and harm.