Divine Word Missionaries
Human Rights Day 2009 - Dec. 10
"Discrimination lies at the root of many of the
world's most pressing
uman Rights Day 2009 on 10 December will focus on non-discrimination. "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights". These first few famous words of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights established 60 years ago stand out as the basic premise of an international human rights law that was established by the United Nations over sixty years ago. Yet today, the fight against discrimination remains a daily struggle for millions around the globe.
"Discrimination lies at the root of many of the world's most pressing human rights problems. No country is immune from this scourge. Elimination of discrimination is a duty of the highest order." - Navi Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
She encourages people everywhere - including the UN family, governments, civil society, national human rights institutions, the media, educators, and individuals - to seize the opportunity of Human Rights Day 2009 to join hands to embrace diversity and end discrimination.
Human Rights Day is dedicated to reminding people to promote a discrimination-free society and to embrace diversity. All human rights, whether social, economical or cultural, or religious, are hindered by discrimination. December 10th is a day dedicated to global awareness when everyone is encouraged to celebrate diversity and advocate for awareness in their own communities.
The realization of all human rights - social, economic, religious and cultural rights as well as civil and political rights - is hampered by discrimination. All too often, when faced with prejudice and discrimination, political leaders, governments and ordinary citizens are silent or complacent.
Yet everyone of us can make a difference. You are encouraged to celebrate Human Rights Day by advocating non-discrimination, organizing activities, raising awareness and reaching out to your local communities on 10 December and throughout 2010.
All human rights work can be viewed through the non-discrimination lens. It prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, disability, property, birth or other status.
Human Rights Day is a united global effort to protect the rights of everyone. Each year focuses on a theme for this honored day, and this year's theme to embrace diversity and end discrimination is a goal that everyone should be steadfast in working toward. Visit the United Nation's website to learn more about the global rights issues they are tirelessly fighting for. http://www.un.org/en/rights/
Source: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Zelia Cordeiro & Felix Jones