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Distinguished President of the Human Rights Council,
Madam High Commissioner,
Ladies and gentlemen,
Human rights are our bloodline; they connect us to one another, as equals.
Human rights are our lifeline; they are the pathway to resolving tensions and forging lasting peace.
Human rights are on the frontline; they are the building blocks of a world of dignity and opportunity for all – and they are under fire every day.