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Best Human Rights Day 2021

Human Rights Day was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The UDHR is a milestone document that publicly announces the absolute rights which all the human beings are entitled to irrespective of any race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinions, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.

December 10th is observed as Human Rights Day every year to reaffirm the importance of human rights in re-building the world we want, the need for global solidarity as well as our interconnectedness and shared humanity.

Human Rights Day 2020 theme

This year’s Human Rights Day theme is Recover Better – Stand Up for Human Rights. It relates to the COVID-19 pandemic and focuses on the need to build back better by ensuring Human Rights are central to recovery efforts.

The United Nations highlights that human rights must be at the centre of the post-COVID-19 world. “The COVID-19 crisis has been fuelled by deepening poverty, rising inequalities, structural and entrenched discrimination, and other gaps in human rights protection. Only measures to close these gaps and advance human rights can ensure we fully recover and build back a world that is better, more resilient, just, and sustainable,” UN’s website says.

Human Rights Quotes:

  • Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Martin Luther King
  • “A right delayed is a right denied.” – Martin Luther King, Jr
  • “To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.” – Nelson Mandela
  • “Freedom means the supremacy of human rights everywhere. Our support goes to those who struggle to gain those rights or keep them. Our strength is our unity of purpose. To that high concept there can be no end save victory.” – Franklin D Roosevelt
  • “The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.” – John F Kennedy
  • “Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave.” -Frederick Douglass
  • “There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” – Elie Wiesel
  • “There can be no peace without development, no development without peace, and no lasting peace or sustainable development without respect for human rights and the rule of law.” Former UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson
  • “Within a system which denies the existence of basic human rights, fear tends to be the order of the day. Fear of imprisonment, fear of torture, fear of death, fear of losing friends, family, property or means of livelihood, fear of poverty, fear of isolation, fear of failure. A most insidious form of fear is that which masquerades as common sense or even wisdom, condemning as foolish, reckless, insignificant or futile the small, daily acts of courage which help to preserve man’s self-respect and inherent human dignity. It is not easy for a people conditioned by fear under the iron rule of the principle that might is right to free themselves from the enervating miasma of fear. Yet even under the most crushing state machinery courage rises up again and again, for fear is not the natural state of civilized man.”Aung San Suu Kyi
  • “There can be no peace without development, no development without peace, and no lasting peace or sustainable development without respect for human rights and the rule of law.” – Former UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson
  • “Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. … Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerned citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.” – John F. Kennedy
  • “There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” – Elie Wiesel

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