Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
December 8, 2010


Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will commemorate Human Rights Day by presenting the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award on December 10 at approximately 2:30 p.m. at the Department of State. Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Michael Posner will introduce Secretary Clinton at the ceremony.

The awards will be presented to three American human rights defenders for their contributions to the promotion and protection of human rights both in the United States and abroad. This year’s winners are: Sarah Cleto Rial, the program director for My Sister’s Keeper, an NGO that works to advance political, social and economic justice for women and girls in Sudan; Wade Henderson, president/CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; and a posthumous award to Professor Louis Henkin, Chairman of the Center for the Study of Human Rights at Colombia University and widely considered to be the father of modern human rights law.

Human Rights Day is observed every December 10 and celebrates the United Nations General Assembly's adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10, 1948. The Declaration outlines the inalienable rights of all people and has since served as the benchmark for the extension and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms.


The event will be open to credentialed members of the media for editorial coverage. The event will be live-streamed on www.state.gov. Video camera coverage will be pooled due to space limitations in the treaty room.
Final access time for journalists: 2:15 p.m. in the 23rd Street Lobby.

PRESS CONTACTS:
Department of State
Office of Press Relations
(202) 647-2492

Department of State
Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor
OwenE@state.gov



PRN: 2010/1775