UN SG: Human rights are universal & eternal

Thursday, December 06, 2018

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres has issued a statement in observation of Human Rights Day which is celebrated every 10 December, calling 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,” SG Guterres said in a statement yesterday.

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December – the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

This year’s 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.

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

He said the 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.” 

According to SG Guterres, Universal values are being eroded and the rule of law is being undermined, saying, “Now more than ever, our shared duty is clear: Let us stand up for human rights -- for everyone, everywhere.”

Source: Picture:UN Secretary General António Guterres