”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 concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.”Eleanor Roosevelt
Every year, on 10th December the Human Rights Day is being observed. On this day, 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).
The UDHR is a milestone document that proclaims the inalienable rights which 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.
The theme of the International Day of Human Rights 2020 is: Recover Better- Stand Up for Human Rights
As everything, this year’s Human Rights Day theme is related to the Covid-19 pandemic and is focused on the need to recover and to build back better by ensuring that the Human Rights are meeting every person.
The 10th of December is an opportunity to reaffirm the importance of human right while rebuilding the world we want, the need for global solidarity and intergenerational inequalities, exclusion and discrimination.
We will reach our common global goals only if we are able to create equal opportunities for all, address the failures exposed and exploited by COVID-19, and apply human rights standards to tackle entrenched, systematic, and intergenerational inequalities, exclusion and discrimination!
The Covid-19 crisis, which is the main topic of the 2020, was fueled by deepening poverty, rising inequalities, structural and entrenched discrimination and other gaps in human rights protection. Thus, only the measures to close such gaps and advance human rights are going to ensure we fully recover and build back a world that is better, more resilient, greener and more sustainable.