I, all of us at Human Rights First, and the broader international human rights community mourn the passing of our cherished friend Senator Ted Kennedy, and extend our deepest condolences to his family, his colleagues, and his many friends. Senator Kennedy spent nearly 50 years championing the cause of human rights. He was a voice for the voiceless and a true advocate for the fundamental rights of all people -- Americans, as well as those beyond our shores, including refugees and immigrants, victims of armed conflict and political prisoners in all corners of the globe. Senator Kennedy's belief in the inherent dignity of all people, combined with his drive to ensure that the United States lived up to its potential to advance that concept at home and throughout the world, animated every battle he fought in his long and distinguished career. We have lost a tireless ally, but the lessons we all learned from him -- about perseverance, principle, and how to make progress towards a world in which all people can live in dignity and freedom -- will ensure that his legacy lasts forever.
Last year, Human Rights First honored Senator Kennedy for his unwavering and courageous leadership in advancing human rights at home and abroad. We showed this video at our annual dinner. As we mourn his death, we would like to share this tribute to his life and work.