Human Right Day – Recover Better – Stand Up for Human Rights

Annually, on every 10th December, Human Right Day is observed. Human Right Day was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Regardless of colour, sex, race, religion, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, birth, property or other status, the UDHR is the milestone document that proclaims the inalienable rights which everyone is entitled to as a human being. Most often, humans are being infringed on their rights. The most vulnerable are the women and children. Despite the vulnerability of women and children, there are some men who severely suffer from abuses too, thus their rights infringed. In our world now, we take so many things for granted. We have less respect for humans. We sometimes even show more love and care to nonliving things than we do for humans. We normalized so many things, and these have tended to become abuses against humans. How do we start to obey the rights of our neighbors and brethren? Eleanor Roosevelt once said. “where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home — so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. […] Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.”

This indeed confirms the saying “charity begins at home.” If children and the adults don’t have proper training from home, the world will suffer abuses, people’s rights will be disobeyed and tampered on.

Human Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Human rights are at the center or ‘heart’of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This is because in the absence of human dignity we cannot hope to drive sustainable development. The SDGs are driven by advancements on human rights and Human Rights are driven by progress on all SDGs.

2020 Theme: Recover Better – Stand Up for Human Rights

In consideration to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s theme for Human Right Day relates to COVID-19 and focuses on the need to build back better by ensuring that Human Rights are central to recovery efforts. The world will become a better place and we will reach our common global goals only if we are able to create equal opportunities for all, apply human rights standards to tackle systematic, entrenched, and intergenerational inequalities, exclusion and discrimination, and address the failures exposed and exploited by COVID-19.

Human Right Day is gives us the opportunity to reaffirm the importance of Human Rights in re-building the world we want, the need for global solidarity as well as our interconnectedness and shared humanity.

With regard to the UN Human Rights’ generic call to action “Stand Up for Human rights”, we aim to engage the general public, our partners and the UN family to bolster transformative action and showcase inspirational and practical examples that can contribute to recovering better and fostering more resilient and just societies.

Human Rights must be at the center of the post COVID-19 world: UN

The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed innumerable people to the brink. Inequality, discrimination and poverty have been deepening globally. In order to” build back better”, the widening gap among people must be addressed, according to the world rights body. 

  • “End discrimination of any kind” – One of the key needs for ‘building back better’ in a post-pandemic world is to end structural discrimination.
  • “Address inequalities” – Countries must take steps to protect cultural and economic rights.
  • “Encourage participation and solidarity” – In a post-COVID world, solidarity among government agencies, people, non-profit groups and individuals is essential. 
  • “Promote sustainable development” – Leaving no one behind is at the center of recovery efforts in a post pandemic world.

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