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London Eye to shine blue to show support for Human Rights Day

Different monuments and buildings across the globe will be illuminated in blue in support of Human Rights.

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH- Landmarks in the world will shine blue to celebrate human rights

 

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights turns 70 years today. There are many events and celebrations going on across the globe. One of them will have different monuments and buildings shining blue in order to show support of human rights.

The London Eye will be illuminated in blue today Monday 10th of December to celebrate the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The initiative to turn landmarks worldwide was firstly started by Human Rights Watch in 2012, a leading non-profitable international organisation that stands for human rights.

Among the 30 landmarks worldwide that joined the blue movement, we can find the Empire State Building in New York, the National Museum of Beirut or The State Library of NSW in Sidney.

Today different personalities have expressed their solidarity with the cause on Twitter.

Jeremy Corbyn came to remind there are still “enormous challenges”.

 

Michelle Bachellet, former President and current High Commissioner for Human Rights called for “more respect” in order to “uphold human equality”.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted the 10th of December of 1948 and was approved by 48 of the 58 members of the UN General Assembly. It consists of 30 articles affirming individual human rights.

Human Rights Watch called people to join the conversation on social media by using the hashtags #HumanRightsDay and #Stand4HumanRights.

Experts worldwide said human rights worldwide are at “threat”.  The rise on nationalism across the Western World, with the surge of far-right leaders and the spread of fake news are just few of the causes.

The UN reminded that its principles are as relevant now as they were then, when the WWII crimes were still fresh. LGBT+ discrimination, women rights, religion motivated persecution’s, freedom of the speech or war crimes worldwide are still a matter 70 years later.

Earlier this morning members of the UN approved in Marrakech the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM). It sets out a plan to “prevent suffering and chaos” from global migrations. According to the UN, there were 258 million international migrants last year.