PETALING JAYA: Human equality and dignity must be held, says the United Nations.
“We need more respect. Greater justice. We need to uphold human equality and dignity," according to its human rights chief Michelle Bachelet.
In conjunction with the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on Monday (Dec 10), she said "we can make a difference, by standing up for everyone’s human rights".
This year's message is to #StandUp4HumanRights, specifically in terms of equality, justice and human dignity.
“The Declaration inspired liberation movements and led to better access to justice, social protections, economic opportunities and political participation,” said Bachelet in a statement.
In appreciation of the Declaration, and States’ commitments to its principles, the United Nations reminds us that that the dignity of millions has been uplifted and the foundation for a more just world has been laid.
Though its promise is yet to be fully realised, the very fact that it has stood the test of time is testament to the “enduring universality of its perennial values of equality, justice and human dignity”.
On Dec 10 every year, Human Rights Day is observed as it is the day that the United Nations General Assembly adopted in 1948 the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The Declaration is the most translated document in the world and is available in more than 500 languages.
Visit the links here to find out how UN agencies have strived over the years to put human rights at the centre of their work: https://www.humanrights70.org and http://www.un.org/en/events/humanrightsday/