Monday, January 22News For London

Why Human Rights Day Is Important

A year long campaign to comemmorate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights kicked off on Sunday for International Human Rights Day.

Organisations all over the world took to the internet and social media to salute the work done and highlight what is yet to be done.

In 1948 the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights after the second World War. The document states all humans have undeniable rights regardless of “race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status”.

The document is the most translated in the world and is available in over 500 languages.

Among the organisations who expressed themselves on various issues were the United Nations, Amnesty International and the WHO posted on Twitter and Instagram.

Activists and noble prize winner Malala Yousafzai highlighted Palestine and the Rohingya on her social media.

The United Nations and other organisations have pledged to combat  issues like racial discrimination, slavery, ethnic cleansing and hate crimes.

They hope a difference will have been made at the 2018 Human Rights Day.

If you would like to take action today, you can sign the United Nations pledge for human rights: http://standup4humanrights.org/en/index.html#pledge

(Subbed by Alice Facchini)