Monday, December 10, 2012
Every December 10, the world celebrates human rights by commemorating the adoption of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly. Each year, the United Nations chooses a theme to highlight. This year's theme is "My Voice Counts." The UN is spotlighting the rights of all people — women, youth, minorities, persons with disabilities, indigenous people, the poor and marginalized — to make their voices heard in public life and be included in political decision-making. This year is a particularly appropriate one to highlight the rights to freedom of opinion and expression, to peaceful assembly and association, and to take part in government, (protected by articles 19, 20 and 21 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights), because these rights have been at the center of the historic changes in the Arab world over the past two years. These rights have also been at the forefront in the United States where the “99%” made their voices heard through the global Occupy movement protesting economic, political and social inequality.
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