Posts Tagged ‘Human Rights Day’
Tomorrow, December 10th, is the annual observance of Human Rights Day. On this date in 1948, one of the most important document in the history of mankind was adopted by the general assembly of the United Nation:
The creation of this Declaration marked the beginning of new era: the recognition of the universality of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family.
61 years late on this date, can we declare these universal values are now embraced and celebrated in every corner of the world? Can we relax our pursuit for the cause of human rights because we think it is improved?
Well, we turn on the TV, we open the new paper, we browse the Internet – even the most abstractive summaries will demand a dedicated consumption, and, by no means, these brief headliners can even scratch the surface of the real happenings.
The UN has set the focus for Human Rights Day 2009 on non-discrimination. We certainly applause this noble cause for its recognition of the existence of discrimination and dedication to end such shameful acts. But, not for single moment should we lose sights of the oppression, persecution, and abuse that people under repressive regimes suffer each day.
In the Amnesty International Report 2009, it is stated that “IT’S NOT JUST THE ECONOMY, IT’S A HUMAN RIGHTS CRISIS”.
This extensive report reveals shocking realities of human rights abuses around the globe:
I have place a link to each region above, and hope you’ll spend some time to read through them.
On March 31, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Susan Rice announced that the United States will seek a seat this year on the United Nations Human Rights Council with the goal of working to make it a more effective body to promote and protect human rights. On April 27, 2009, the State Department released the US Human Rights Commitments and Pledges.
This is certainly an encouraging step forward for the administration in demonstrating its commitments in defending the universality of human rights.
We hope these commitments become the guiding core principles in our policy making process, whether it’s foreign relations, or trade practices. We must urge the administration to keep its Pledges.
And we should never become silence on human rights abuses.
“Human rights education is much more than a lesson in schools or a theme for a day; it is a process to equip people with the tools they need to live lives of security and dignity. On this International Human Rights Day, let us continue to work together to develop and nurture in future generations a culture of human rights, to promote freedom, security and peace in all nations.”
– Kofi Annan, Former UN Secretaries-General