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Tallahassee Commits To Human Rights

Tom Flanigan
Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey

The city's mayor hopes the principles of universal human rights can help inform public policy and reduce community conflicts.

Human Rights Day was Thursday, December 10th. Tallahassee's Mayor marked the occasion by announcing a new initiative to assure those rights are extended to everyone in the Capital City.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights came out in 1948. And Mayor John Dailey said its precepts have received bipartisan endorsement ever since.

"If we think of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, first signed by President Jimmy Carter, then ratified again by President George Herbert Walker Bush, we've had people from both sides of the aisle, from all different walks of life who've been involved."

The idea of local endorsement, explained Dailey, came from Mark Schlakman at FSU's Center for the Advancement of Human Rights.

"I am looking forward to partnering up with Mark Schlakman and moving the ball forward in our community and having robust conversations and seeing what great policy items can come out."

Especially, Dailey added, after a year in which universal human rights sometimes seemed in jeopardy.

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

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