On human rights day!

Thursday, December 06, 2018

Human Rights Day is celebrated annually on 10 December. On this day in 1948, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a groundbreaking document which outlined the 30 fundamental rights that people are entitled to across the world. This, according to many, was one of the first major achievements of the United Nations.

This year, Human Rights Day marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a milestone document that proclaimed the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being- regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. It is the most translated document in the world, available in more than 500 languages.

Human rights as we as know are basically explained by the fact that all human beings are born free and equal in rights and that they are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. This is reflected with the words used commonly Equality, Freedom, Peace, Hope, Dignity, Rule of Law, Prosperity & Justice.

In observance of this important day, the United Nations Secretary General António Guterres described human rights as universal and eternal.

“For 70 years, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has been a global beacon – shining a light for dignity, equality and well-being … and bringing hope to dark places”.

As stated by UN chief rights proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights applies to everyone -- no matter ‘our’ race, belief, location or other distinction of any kind.

These rights are also indivisible and one cannot pick and choose among civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights. “Today we also honour the human rights defenders risking their lives to protect people in the face of rising hatred, racism, intolerance and repression. Indeed, human rights are under siege around the world.” he added.

“To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.”

Nelson Mandela