SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--On the eve of the major meeting Wednesday between President-Elect Trump and tech-company leaders, council members of the city of Mountain View, Calif., voted Tuesday night, Dec. 13, to approve a resolution designating Mountain View as a Human Rights City.
“the City aspires to be a leader among cities in advancing human rights and human dignity [by] explicitly embracing the principles of equality, inclusion, respect, involvement, and the recognition of human dignity.”
The resolution is a symbolic proclamation of the city’s values, including the respect for human dignity and equal rights, and a rejection of discrimination in all its forms. It is also a springboard for further action to address community priorities through a human-rights lens.
The resolution adopts the United Nation’s 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights as guiding principles for “the laws, practices, and policies carried out with and on behalf of the residents of Mountain View.” According to the resolution “the City aspires to be a leader among cities in advancing human rights and human dignity [by] explicitly embracing the principles of equality, inclusion, respect, involvement, and the recognition of human dignity.”
The International Human Rights Clinic (IHRC) at Santa Clara University School of Law provided training, research, and expertise on the Human Rights City resolution, which was proposed and drafted by the city’s Human Relations Commission. IHRC Director Francisco Rivera noted, “with this resolution, local government in the heart of Silicon Valley is making a public commitment to the protection of basic human dignity. The timing of this resolution is also important, as it provides a counter-narrative to the divisive discourse surrounding the election. This is the right message to send at the right time.”
“At this time, we need to stand up and say that human rights are very important (…) and are part of the founding documents of our nation,” said Mountain View Mayor Pat Showalter during the City Council’s session.
Journalists seeking information and background on the legal issues involved can contact Francisco Rivera, International Human Rights Clinic, FJRivera@scu.edu, (408) 554-4770 and (408) 797-6778.
More about the International Human Rights Clinic at Santa Clara University can be found at http://law.scu.edu/ihrc/.