“I call on States to honour their obligation to protect human rights every day of the year. I call on people to hold their governments to account. “
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Today is Human Rights Day.
The UN General Assembly proclaimed 10 December as Human Rights Day in 1950, to bring to the attention ‘of the peoples of the world’ the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.
Here is the theme of Human Rights Day 2014
“Human rights 365
On 10 December every year, Human Rights Day commemorates the date on which the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, proclaiming its principles as the “common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.”
This year’s slogan, Human Rights 365, encompasses the idea that every day is Human Rights Day. It celebrates the fundamental proposition in the Universal Declaration that each one of us, everywhere, at all times is entitled to the full range of human rights, that human rights belong equally to each of us and bind us together as a global community with the same ideals and values.
In 2014 the message from Human Rights 365 is unequivocal: the UN Human Rights Office stands by its mandate and stands with the millions of men and women globally, who risk their all for human rights.”
Read the Universal Declaration of human rights
To commemorate this day I thought I would share a few random quotations, slogans, comments and other information.
Quotations to mark Human Rights Day.
Source of graphic: http://mkalty.org/human-rights-quotes/
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Human rights are praised more than ever – and violated as much as ever.
Poverty is the absence of all human rights. The frustrations, hostility and anger generated by abject poverty cannot sustain peace in any society.
The connection between women’s human rights, gender equality, socioeconomic development and peace is increasingly apparent.
It has long been recognized that an essential element in protecting human rights was a widespread knowledge among the population of what their rights are and how they can be defended.
Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Sixth UN Secretary-General, 1992-1996
Everyone has a right to peaceful coexistence, the basic personal freedoms, the alleviation of suffering, and the opportunity to lead a productive life…”
“Everyone has a right to peaceful coexistence, the basic personal freedoms, the alleviation of suffering, and the opportunity to lead a productive life…”
In my opinion the basic human rights are to have adequate nourishing food, clean water, adequate shelter and heating and the opportunity to live a satisfying and fulfilling life as long as doing so does not harm other people, other animals and the environment. Freedom from the treat of torture or enslavement and persecution are vital human rights issues along with the freedom of expression and self determination.
Why Human rights matter:
Official Twitter account of the United Nations Human Rights office
Human Rights Issues World -wide
Recently a student posting on an internet forum asked for examples of human rights violations around the world. Sadly he would not have been short of examples.
The Index below allows the user to find out about human rights issues worldwide.
Universal human rights index data base:
It is disturbing to realise that most countries are responsible for human rights violations
Here is the UKs
http://uhri.ohchr.org/EN/search/results?cc=GB More information further down concerning the UKs violations of article 25 of the declaration of human rights.
More information concerning human rights violations world-wide see Storyify from the UN. The purpose of Storyfi is to help you “make sense of what people post on social media. Our users curate the most important voices and turn them into stories.
“Together, we are building a new information network that will give you the social perspective on any event”.
“Open your newspaper – any day of the week – and you will find a report from somewhere in the world of someone being imprisoned, tortured or executed because his opinions or religion are unacceptable to his government.”
In Tibet you can’t even say the words “Human Rights”
It’s not difficult to get tortured as a Tibetan resisting China’s regime – even when exercising everyday human rights.
Torture is used as a weapon against dissent, creating a climate of fear:http://freetibet.org/torture
Observers: Human Rights Day Will Highlight ‘Horrific 2014’
“Wednesday is United Nations’ Human Rights Day. Many observers describe 2014 as a horrific year for human rights violations. War is the major source of abuses around the world – and in the past 12 months, major conflicts have intensified.
The Syrian civil war is approaching its fourth year. Hundreds of thousands have been killed and millions forced from their homes. In the past 12 months the conflict has splintered and spread to neighboring Iraq, with government forces, moderate opposition fighters, Islamist militants and Kurdish fighters all battling for territory.”
The international community must take some responsibility, said Steve Crawshaw, senior advisor at Amnesty International.
“[For] the failures to address the Syria conflict better and earlier and to really speak out loudly and to put the kind of pressures that were needed for human rights to be better observed,”
LGBT are a humans rights issues
“People around the world face violence and inequality – and sometimes torture, even execution – because of who they love, how they look, or who they are.
Sexual orientation and gender identity are integral aspects of our selves and should never lead to discrimination or abuse.
Human Rights Watch works for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people’s rights, with activists representing a multiplicity of identities and issues.”
There are of course many many more violations of human rights globally in varying degrees.
Don’t forget here in the UK
The UK government appears to have become the first country to face a high-level inquiry by a United Nations committee, as a result of “grave or systemic violations” of the rights of disabled people.
Benefit reforms have resulted in a UN investigation.
The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has opened an investigation into the recent welfare reforms instigated by the present government. Concerning disability rights the UK, which once led the way internationally for decades, is now, thanks to the Tory government, set to be the first country to be investigated for violations regarding disability rights.
Disabled activists have welcomed the UN’s apparent decision to launch an inquiry into allegations of “grave or systematic” violations of its disability convention by the UK government.
Disability News Service (DNS) revealed last week that the UN’s Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) appears to have made the UK the subject of its first inquiry into alleged violations of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).
- (1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
- (2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.