Today is the International Human Rights Day (HRD) ! HRD comes up annually on December 10. It commemorates the day on which, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. In 1950, the Assembly passed resolution 423 (V), inviting all States and interested organizations to observe December 10th of each year as Human Rights Day. The theme for this year is Stand for someone's rights!, we are all urged to defend someone else today.
Human Rights are inherent rights that we as humans enjoy by virtue of simply being human, they are irrespective of race, colour, religious affiliation, age, gender, ethnic group, language or any other status. They are based on the principle of respect for the individual and are all interrelated, interdependent, indivisible, equal, non-discriminatory and inalienable (not subject to being taken away from or given away by the possessor). Their fundamental assumption is that each person is a moral and rational being who deserves to be treated with dignity.
Following the theme for this year, HRD calls for everyone to do more than just acknowledge it as an international observance but to stand up for someone's rights.
Considering the volume of verbal and non-verbal Messages of intolerance and hatred that society feeds us with daily, where disrespect for basic human rights seems to be the order of the day, extremist movements subject people to horrific violence and our Humane values are under attack, this call to action comes at the best time in history.
We must reaffirm our common humanity. We can make a real difference in our own corner of the world; in our streets, schools, work places, in public transport; in our malls, markets and on social media.
It starts with each of us, We must look outside of ourselves and defend the rights of any one at risk of discrimination or violence; a person with disabilities, a woman, a child, a minority group, a stigmatized person, an employee, a victim of domestic violence, anybody at all.
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.