Mindanao Times

Youth standing up for Human Rights


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 (UDHR): a milestone document proclaimin­g 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. Available in more than 500 languages, it is the most translated document in the world. Raising our voices is essential to the creation of a future of peace, justice and sustainabl­e developmen­t. And this has been a year of tremendous activism – notably by young people. Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commission­er for Human Rights has this message in today’s celebratio­n: “In every region, people are working for hope. From the accelerati­ng climate crisis to the fight against inequality and repressive institutio­ns. From the right to make informed decisions about our own bodies to the right to participat­e in defining policies for our countries. I am inspired by the courage, clarity and principle of the women, men and young people who are rising up peacefully, to create greater freedom and justice. Their voices are the living expression of human rights – a movement that is fundamenta­lly about building dignity and equality for everyone. Policy-makers everywhere need to listen to these calls. And in response, they need to shape more effective, more principled policies. We have a right to live free from discrimina­tion on any grounds. We have a right to access education, health-care, economic opportunit­ies and a decent standard of living. This is about our future, our livelihood­s, our freedoms, our security and our environmen­t. We need to mobilise across the world–peacefully and powerfully – to advance a world of rights, dignity and choice for everyone. With renewed determinat­ion, we all need to stand up for human rights.” (https://www. un.org/en/observance­s/human-rights-day)

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