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Europe Area Presidency's Statement on Human Rights Day

The Europe Area Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued the following statement regarding the Human Rights international observance day:

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints affirms its fundamental belief in the importance of protecting human rights for all. We agree that "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights." We support advocating for the life of every individual and view a person's freedom and agency a shared global priority.

Throughout the year 2021, human rights have been crucial in protecting the weak, providing equality to the disadvantaged, and countering abuses around the world. We consider every person to be a child of God, and acknowledging these fundamental rights for every human means recognising the worth and human dignity of every person.

In particular, freedom of religion or belief plays an important role in this year's Human Rights Day theme of "reducing inequalities, advancing human rights." It is not an abstract concept, but a call to action. As President Dallin H. Oaks of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, recently said, "Teachings based on faith in God - however defined - have always contributed to moral actions that benefit the entire nation. This will continue to be so as religious people love and serve their neighbors as an expression of their love of God."

In this spirit, we reaffirm our determination to work with governments, religious communities, and other persons of good will to promote and protect these rights in every corner of the world.

Watch a short video on the human rights topic, produced back in 2014:

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