Today we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), a milestone celebration called Human Rights 75 (HR 75). Human Rights Day seeks to increase knowledge on the universality and indivisibility of human rights, especially among young people, and to inspire people to create a movement of shared humanity while empowering them to fight for their rights and take action.
Human rights are the inalienable rights that everyone is entitled to as a human being – regardless of race, color, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.
The Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on December 10, 1948 and sets out, for the first time, the fundamental human rights to be universally protected.
In the decades since the adoption of the UDHR in 1948, human rights have become more recognized and more guaranteed across the globe. The UDHR has since served as the foundation for an expanding system of human rights protection that today focuses also on vulnerable groups such as persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and migrants.
This year’s Human Rights 75 initiative seeks to shift the needle of understanding and action towards greater knowledge of the universality of the UDHR and the activism associated with it. Given that young people face particular challenges in exercising their rights, while often being at the forefront of human rights activism, youth engagement is a key component of the initiative.
It is imperative that we work together with constituency groups like LCLAA, APALA, CBTU, CLUW, APRI and P@W who lobbying for human rights protections for all. Also it is important to exercise our right to vote the people into office that are going to make positive changes for the rights of families and workers.