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John Kerry: Nations Prosper When People Trust Their Government

John Kerry: Nations Prosper When People Trust Their Government
Secretary of State John Kerry delivers his remarks at the 45th annual Washington Conference on the Americas on "U.S. Policy in the Western Hemisphere" at the State Department in Washington. (Gary Cameron/Reuters/Landov)

By    |   Wednesday, 22 April 2015 08:56 AM

Countries are far more likely to advance economically and socially when citizens have faith in their governments and are able to rely on them for justice and equal treatment under the law, said Secretary of State John Kerry.

In a speech Tuesday at the 45th Annual Washington Conference of the Council of the Americas, Kerry talked about America's work with countries in Central and South America to help strengthen their systems of human rights and the rule of law.

"At the U.N. Human Rights Council last fall, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Uruguay joined the United States in sponsoring a resolution in support of LGBT rights. Our landmark Open Government Partnership, which the United States launched with Brazil five years ago, is now chaired by Mexico," Kerry said.

He added that over the past three years, the United States has worked with partners, including Costa Rica, Mexico, Chile, and Jamaica, to help strengthen the independent bodies of the Inter-American Human Rights System.

"Why does this matter? Well, it matters because countries are far more likely to advance economically and socially when citizens have faith in their governments and are able to rely on them for justice and equal treatment under the law," he said.

"It matters because young people who have opportunities at home will stay and contribute to their societies instead of leaving in search of better luck elsewhere. It matters because freedom of thought and expression are the keys to innovation, which is how whole new industries begin.

"It matters because, in that most curious of ways, people who are given the liberty to be different are also the ones most likely to unite and band together in the face of shared threats."

In the United States, trust in government has hit a new low. A recent survey from the Pew Research Center showed that just "23 percent [of Americans] trust the federal government to do the right thing 'at least most of the time,' " The Washington Post reported.

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