Speaking at the inauguration of the human rights center at the University of Connecticut, President Joe Biden said, “the road to tyranny, we must not forget, begins with the destruction of truth.” He also stressed that his government places human rights at the center of its foreign policy to “reaffirm our moral leadership on the global stage.”
The Dodd Center for Human Rights is named after Senator Thomas Dodd, prosecutor at the Nuremburg War Crimes Tribunal after World War II, and his son, former Senator Chris Dodd.
Biden recalls the Nazi regime killing six million Jews, as well as other minorities, in World War II. “Only by acknowledging the truth can we prevent a repeat of the atrocities, which are now happening in other parts of the world.”
Biden denounced the harassment of ethnic Uighurs in China, the Rohingya in Burma, and the use of starvation and sexual violence in northern Ethiopia.
America rejoins the UN Human Rights Council after leaving under Trump. In December, Biden said the government would host a virtual summit on democracy “to unite world leaders to make real commitments to defend democratic values and reject authoritarianism.” [ka/rs]