|Today is Human Rights Day. It is a commemoration of the day in 1948, when the General Assembly of the United States adopted the International Declaration of Human Rights. Human Rights Day has been observed throughout the world since 1950.
Human Rights Day is a good day to remember that all human beings are entitled to being treated with respect and dignity. The United Nations is calling today “Stand up for someone’s rights today.”
Here is the message from the United Nations:
“Disrespect for basic human rights continues to be wide-spread in all parts of the globe. Extremist movements subject people to horrific violence. Messages of intolerance and hatred prey on our fears. Humane values are under attack.
We must reaffirm our common humanity. Wherever we are, we can make a real difference. In the street, in school, at work, in public transport; in the voting booth, on social media.
The time for this is now. ‘We the peoples’ can take a stand for rights. And together, we can take a stand for more humanity.
It starts with each of us. Step forward and defend the rights of a refugee or migrant, a person with disabilities, an LGBT person, a woman, a child, indigenous peoples, a minority group, or anyone else at risk of discrimination or violence.”