Stand up for human rights!

10 December 2016: International Human Rights Day


December 10 commemorates the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.

Disrespect for basic human rights continues to be wide-spread in all parts of the globe. Wherever we are, we must reaffirm our common humanity. In the street, in school, at work, in public transport, in the voting booth, on social media.

It starts with each of us.

We have to 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. Together, we can take a stand for rights.

Here at UNDP, we take a stand for rights in our support for sustainable development and peace building in the region. We work with national partners to build their capacities to respect and protect human rights, especially of the most vulnerable groups: minorities, women, people living in poverty, and people with disabilities. We support legislative reforms, implementation of core human rights conventions, and the addressing of discrimination and social exclusion. We also work closely with National Human Rights Institutions, strengthening their role in overseeing, protecting, and promoting human rights.

What can you do?

Taking a stand and informing others about human rights is one of the ways you can join the marking of the Human Rights Day. If you have a Facebook account:

·       Write on a piece of paper why human rights matter and/or how you stand up for someone’s rights

·       Take a photo holding up the paper

·       Post the photo on social media

·       Tag us - Twitter: @UNDPEurasia, Facebook: @UNDPinEuropeandCIS

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