Thursday, December 10, 2020

Human Rights Day 2020

December 10 marks the 72nd anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.

The theme of this year's Human Rights Day is “Recover Better – Stand Up for Human Rights.”  This theme relates to the COVID-19 pandemic and focuses on the need to build back better by ensuring human rights are central to recovery efforts.

As Eleanor Roosevelt 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 year, we all need to work together in our local communities all over the world to fight COVID-19 in a way that ends discrimination and eliminates inequalities and promotes a more sustainable world.

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