Friday, December 10, 2010
Friday, December 10 is Human Rights Day 2010 in honor of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This year's theme is "human rights defenders who act to end discrimination." Here is a statement from the United Nations Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights:
"Human rights defenders acting against discrimination, often at great personal risk to both themselves and their families, are being recognized and acclaimed on this day. Human rights defenders speak out against abuse and violations including discrimination, exclusion, oppression and violence. They advocate justice and seek to protect the victims of human rights violations. They demand accountability for perpetrators and transparency in government action. In so doing, they are often putting at risk their own safety, and that of their families. Some human rights defenders are famous, but most are not. They are active in every part of the world, working alone and in groups, in local communities, in national politics and internationally."
The purpose of Human Rights Day 2010 is to highlight and promote the achievements of human rights defenders and emphasize the primary responsibility of governments to enable and protect their role. It is also hoped that the Day will inspire a new generation of defenders to speak up and take action to end discrimination in all of its forms. I suspect there are several readers of this blog who are human rights defenders. Kudos to all of you and keep up the good work!