In the year 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a document known as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which contains the list of indisputable rights that all human beings are entitled to. Human Rights Day was established by the United Nations as a special event to be observed annually for the propagation and the protection of these rights.
All humans not regarding the race, colour, language, origin, political status, social or national status etc are entitled to all the rights stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This document over the years has been translated into over 500 languages becoming the most translated document in the world. Human rights are relevant to our everyday living and they empower us to live the way we deserve.
The year 2019 theme for Human Rights Day is ‘Youths Standing Up for Human Rights’. The celebration for this year’s Human Rights Day is to focus on the leadership ability embedded in youths to lead the campaign to Stand Up for Human Rights using their potentials, voices and strengths to raise more public awareness for the promotion and protection of human rights. Youths are being challenged to make use of the right to participate which is a basic principle of human rights.
Peace and Conflict Resolution Resource Centre (PEACrEc) on this Human Rights Day makes a clarion call to not only the youths but every person to Stand Up for Human Rights. The rights of every person should be respected no matter the class of the society they belong; we believe that the promotion and protection of human rights will enhance peace in our societies and the world at large.