Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10th December. It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 1950, the Assembly passed a resolution, inviting all States and interested organizations to observe 10th December of each year as Human Rights Day.
Drafted by representatives of diverse legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration set out universal values and a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations – it establishes the equal dignity and worth of every person. Thanks to the Declaration, and some States’ commitments to its principles, the dignity of millions has been uplifted and the foundation for a more just world has been laid. While its promise is yet to be fully realized, the very fact that it has stood the test of time is testament to the enduring universality of its perennial values of equality, justice and human dignity.
This Sunday, the world will in one voice mark the International Human Rights Day, a day that coincides with 70 years after states adopted the Universal Declaration of the Human Rights. It’s a day that we are reminded to #Standup4humanrights, by raising our voices and working together to stamp out all injustices that have continued to happen at our watch. For the last 70 years, we had guiding principles for human rights, however, the world has not shied away from situations like;
- Millions still subjected to torture or to cruelty and inhuman treatment or punishment
- The recent slavery cases in Libya that have become a blatant slap to human rights
- People are still forcibly evicted from their homes
- Rampant violence and sexual abuse against women,
- Crimes against humanity almost everywhere in the world
- Afghanistan attempted to reintroduce public stoning for adulterers; women were forced to undergo vaginal examinations to prove virginity.
- Unsafe labour conditions in various parts of the world.
- Burma ethnic cleansing against thousands of Rohingya Muslims;
- and make a difference for stronger respect, greater freedom, and more compassion.
- Citizens starved and publicly executed by firing squad in North Korea
- Chemical weapons attack in Syria etc
As human beings, we all share the same rights, responsibilities, and duties – we’re all connected not simply by citizenship in the world- but by the love of freedom. When we respect and protect human rights for all, the world becomes a fairer and safer place for all. Looking at such pervasive human rights violations worldwide and most governments responding to the atrocities with lack of transparency and accountability, blatant malevolence, It shows a disregard for human life. Although, various international human rights advocates remained tenacious, inciting massive protests and public condemnation in an effort to demand an end to the culture of impunity, there has been little or nothing done.
Although the Universal Declarations of Human Rights is still a dream far from reality, we can all be champions by making a difference for stronger respect, greater freedom, and more compassion. #StandUp4HumanRights