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Celebrating Human Rights Day – December 10th

This year marks the 69th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Antonio Guterres, the UN Secretary-General, noted that since the declaration, “human rights have been one of the three pillars of the United Nations, along with peace and development.” On Sunday in Paris, a year-long campaign will get underway to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Declaration in 2018.

“As ‘one of the world’s most profound and far-reaching international agreements,’ the Universal Declaration proclaimed the inalienable rights of every human being regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. It is the most translated document in the world, available in more than 500 languages.”

“Mr. Guterres noted that while human rights abuses did not end when the Universal Declaration was adopted, the instrument has helped countless people to gain greater freedom and security, and has also helped to prevent violations, obtain justice for wrongs, and strengthen national and international human rights laws and safeguards.”  United Nations News Centre for more information.