United Nations calls world to stand up for ensuring human rights

Cheryl Sanders
December 10, 2017

According to The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we all need to stand up for our own right and those of others.

About the author Mila Rosenthal is Director of Communications at UNDP and Adjunct Professor of Human Rights at Columbia University.


"It is crucial for stability, economic growth and development that Bangladesh promotes and protects the human rights of all, regardless of ethnicity, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious or political affiliation, disability or socio-economic background", said the EU.

We all have a right to live free from all forms of discrimination.


"Human Rights Day falls on 10 December every year, the day when, back in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights - the world's most widely translated* and possibly most influential document - was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly, itself just three years old at the time".

"As we enter the 70 anniversary year of the Universal Declaration, it is right that we should honour its achievements and pay tribute to its inspired architects". For the following two days, December 11-12, 2017, federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) ministers will gather in Gatineau, Quebec to talk about key priorities for Canada on human rights and how they can work together to ensure that Canada continues to comply with its global human rights obligations and be a leader in this field on the world stage. "We must take a robust and determined stand". Governmental and non-governmental organisations active in human rights conduct special events to commemorate the day. During the last 24 years, since its inception on the 12th October, 1993, the Commission has endeavoured to promote a culture of human rights. "It is under broad assault from terrorists, authoritarian leaders and populists who seem only too willing to sacrifice, in varying degrees, the rights of others, for the sake of power". Fighting to eradicate poverty, UNDP's support to governments helps create more jobs - especially for women - better access to health care, legal protections for people to provide for, educate and protect their families.


It is up to us how we fight for the rights. We are aware that next year - on 10 December 2018 - we will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and this year's Human Rights Day on Sunday marks the beginning of a year-long 70th anniversary commemoration. The UDHR empowers us all and we must use it for our rights. While its promise is yet to be fulfilled globally and in Afghanistan, the 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.

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