Human Rights Day – 2018

Seventy years ago, upon the ashes
of countries devastated by war, the Holocaust and economic depression,
world leaders devised a plan. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
was conceived as a detailed map to guide the world’s people out of conflict and suffering, and ensure that relations within societies, and between states,
could be sustainable and peaceful. The Declaration inspired liberation
movements and led to better access to justice, social protection, economic
opportunities and political participation. Wherever respect for
its commitments has been present, the dignity of millions has been uplifted,
suffering prevented and the foundations laid for a more just world. We need to keep
pushing forward. People are increasingly fearful of the great changes our world is
experiencing. And it is precisely at times of turmoil and uncertainty that
the Universal Declaration of Human Rights can guide us. Step by step, it
lights the path. We need more respect. Greater justice. We need to uphold human
equality and dignity. And we can achieve this. All of us, wherever we are, can make
a difference, by standing up for everyone’s human rights.

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