Kerry: ‘Part of Human Rights’ to ‘Run in a Marathon Without Violence'

April 19, 2013 - 3:57 PM

John Kerry

Secretary of State John Kerry (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) – As Secretary of State John Kerry unveiled the 2012 human rights report on Friday, he said it is “part of human rights to make clear that people have the right to run in a marathon without violence” and to “enjoy a holiday without terror.”

“It’s a part of human rights to make clear that people have the right to run in a marathon without violence, and people have the right to enjoy a holiday without terror, and that the rights of people are represented in many different ways, so we proudly stand here today to release again our human rights report,” said Kerry during a press conference at the State Department.

Three people were killed, including an eight-year-old boy, and more than 100 injured in the attack, which took place on Patriots Day, a state holiday commemorating the opening battles of the American Revolutionary War.

“These reports send a very clear message that all governments have a responsibility to protect universal human rights, and they help to blaze a path forward for places where those rights are either threatened or denied,” said Kerry, who represented Massachusetts in the U.S. Senate before being selected by President Bzrack Obama for secretary.