Human Rights Day is observed every year on the 10th of December, the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).
The UDHR is a milestone document, which proclaims the inalienable rights that everyone is entitled to as a human being - regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.
For this year, the 2022 slogan for Human Rights Day is “Dignity, Freedom, and Justice for All.” and the call to action is #StandUp4HumanRights.
On the 10th 0f December, LINGAP Canada will release a YouTube featuring 10 Filipino and 10 Canadian Human Rights Defenders who have contributed significantly to the protection of human rights in all its dimensions: civil, political, economic, social, and cultural.
Here is an excerpt of the speech of the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, 03 December 2022.
“The world is facing unprecedented and interlocking challenges to human rights.
Hunger and poverty are increasing – an affront to the economic and social rights of hundreds of millions of people.
Civic space is shrinking.
Media freedom and the safety of journalists are in dangerous decline in almost every region of the world.
Trust in institutions is evaporating, especially among young people.
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to increased levels of violence against women and girls.
Racism, intolerance and discrimination are running rampant.
New human rights challenges are emerging from the triple planetary crisis of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution.
And we are only beginning to grasp the threat posed to human rights by some new technologies.
These trying times call for a reignition of our commitment to all human rights - civil, cultural, economic, political and social…”
For the full speech, visit UN SG message on human Rights Day | 10 December 2022