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Politico previews Clinton’s Human Rights speech

Laura Rozen is reporting this morning over at Politico:

Days after Obama delivered a Nobel speech that struck a new emphasis on human rights, saying freedom movements have “history and us on their side,” and making the moral case for the use of force in some cases, Hillary Clinton will deliver what advisors say is a major address on human rights in the 21st century, today at Georgetown University.

“We cannot separate our democracy, human rights, and development agendas: they are mutually reinforcing and united in service of a common purpose: to create a world where all people have the opportunity to fulfill their God-given potential,” Clinton will say.

“It is the foreign policy of this country and this administration to support and defend democracy. We embrace democracy not because we want other countries to be like us, but because we want all people to have the opportunity to decide for themselves how to live their lives.”

Clinton’s speech will emphasize that development has to be part of a human rights agenda — as well as pragmatism.

“We will measure success by asking the question: Are more people in more places able to live up to their potential because of our actions?” she is expected to say. “Not every situation is the same. Sometimes we will have the most impact by publicly denouncing a government action. Other times we will be more likely to help the oppressed by engaging in tough negotiations behind closed doors. In every instance, our aim is to make a difference, not to prove a point.”

it’s an “important speech” that speaks to issues that “matter deeply and personally both” to Clinton and the President, a senior official said.

Clinton speaks at noon at Georgetown’s Gaston Hall.

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Anthony Clark Arend is Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University and the Director of the Master of Science in Foreign Service in the Walsh School of Foreign Service.

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