UN urges ev­ery­one to stand up for some­one’s rights

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - PAGE TWO -

Shang­hai is set to launch a note ex­change plat­form that will help in the trade of var­i­ous fi­nan­cial in­stru­ments such as bills of ex­change. Forty-three fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions, in­clud­ing 35 banks, will par­tic­i­pate in the trial run, start­ing on Thurs­day. Of­fi­cials say the yet-to-be named plat­form will en­able the in­sti­tu­tions — which ac­cept, dis­count, trade and guar­an­tee notes — to have easy ac­cess to trans­par­ent data. They will be able to con­firm the va­lid­ity of notes through an on­line sys­tem, which re­duces risks of forgery and fraud. Hu­man Rights Day will be ob­served on Dec 10. It com­mem­o­rates the day on which, in 1948, the UN Gen­eral As­sem­bly adopted the Uni­ver­sal Dec­la­ra­tion of Hu­man Rights. This year, ev­ery­one is urged to stand up for some­one’s rights. In a mes­sage posted on its web­site, the UN says, “Many of us are fear­ful about the way the world is head­ing. Dis­re­spect for ba­sic hu­man rights con­tin­ues to be wide­spread in all parts of the globe.”

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