Press Release

AFT on Human Rights Day

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013


Marcus Mrowka
202-531-0689 (cell)

WASHINGTON Human Rights Day, observed by the international community on Dec. 10 each year, commemorates the day in 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Today, the American Federation of Teachers marks the occasion by calling on the world’s governments, employers, nongovernmental organizations and other civil society actors to redouble their efforts to eliminate the scourges of forced labor and child labor around the world. 

“Labor rights are indeed human rights,” says AFT Secretary-Treasurer Lorretta Johnson, “and the urgent reduction of forced labor and child labor—whether these violations occur in the cotton harvests of Central Asia, the sweatshop factories of South Asia, or the migrant labor fields of the Americas—constitutes a vital step in the development of international human rights.”  

The AFT will continue to work with its international partners in education and labor dedicated to protecting labor rights as a key to protecting human rights, advancing sustainability, promoting democracy and finding social justice.

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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.