HUMAN RIGHTS  DAY

Today 10th December is Human Rights Day.

This is observed every year and commemorates the day in 1948 when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The UN calls on everyone to stand up for someone’s rights as :-

  • Disrespect for basic human rights continues to be wide-spread in all parts of the globe.
  • Extremist movements subject people to horrific violence.
  • Messages of intolerance and hatred prey on our fears.
  • Humane values are under attack.

To  reaffirm our common humanity the UN suggests we can make a real difference :-.

  • in the street,
  • in schools,
  • at work,
  • in public transport
  • in the voting booth
  • on social media.

The UN says it starts with each of us.

Step forward and defend the rights of

  • a refugee or migrant,
  • a person with disabilities,
  • an LGBT person,
  • a woman,
  • a child,
  • indigenous peoples,
  • a minority group,
  • or anyone else at risk of discrimination or violence.

“Upholding human rights is in the interest of all. Respect for human rights advances well-being for every individual, stability for every society, and harmony for our interconnected world,” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

“It’s time for each of us to step up for human rights. There is no action that is too small: wherever you are, you can make a difference. Together, let’s take a stand for more humanity,” U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein

see the High Commissioners video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CiwnysAjOw

All above adapted by JF from  http://www.un.org/en/events/humanrightsday/ and quotes in http://www.newtimes.co.rw/section/article/2016-12-10/206138/

Related to this from the BMA there is

Mark Porter’s Letter to Theresa May

https://www.bma.org.uk/-/media/files/pdfs/collective%20voice/influence/international%20work/mark-porter-letter-human-rights-act.pdf?la=en

and the News article  from BMA

https://www.bma.org.uk/news/2016/december/plea-to-protect-human-rights-act

 

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