President Clinton receives human rights award at UConn

Bill Clinton (File photo)

STORRS, Conn. (AP/WTNH) — Former President Bill Clinton says human rights are more important now than ever in an increasingly linked world where positive and negative forces are “bumping up against one another.”

The Democrat appeared at UCONN Thursday and said the outcome of the contest between the forces “will determine the world that our grandchildren live in.”

There was excitement in the air as President Clinton returned to the campus, back at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, this time to accept their top prize in International Justice and Human Rights. It was twenty years ago to the day that Clinton cut the ribbon on the center to honor human rights. Now he is the one being honor.

“I was grateful that when I was president the time and circumstance made it possible for me to end terrible abuses of human rights,” Clinton told the crowd.

Clinton did mention his wife Hillary not in a political context but in the work that they have done over in Africa.

A lot of people at the event say they were happy to see the former president. They say this wasn’t just a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, for some people this is the second time seeing him here on the UConn campus.”

“This is his second trip. I was I was at the occasion were watching on the screen. It was exciting just like it is today,” said Louise Bailey of Avon.

Clinton talked about his charity that strives to change the situation in Africa. Change the poverty, the hunger and the pollution.

“Anything anyone does for human rights is very important to all of us it is a very unfair world and anyone who is trying to correct that injustice go for it,” said Susanna Thomas of Mansfield.

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