Human Rights Day 2021: Stand up for Equalities and Eliminate Discriminations
Human Rights Day 2021: It is observed on 10 December globally. The theme of Human Rights Day 2021 is EQUALITY – Reducing inequalities, advancing human rights.
The day commemorates the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights empowers us all. There are 195 sovereign states as part of the UN.
The principles of equality, non violence, and non-discrimination are at the heart of human rights. Equality is also aligned with the 2030 Agenda and with the UN approach set out in the document Shared Framework on Leaving No One Behind: Equality and Non-Discrimination at the Heart of Sustainable Development .
This includes addressing and finding solutions for deep-rooted forms of discrimination that have affected the most vulnerable people in societies, including women and girls.
“Universal human rights is the most precious jewel of humanity. Most of it is buried in the mud. It is our responsibility to uncover it and make a safe and beautiful world free from discriminations and inequalities.” – Sri Amit Ray
“To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.” – Nelson Mandela
“We the people declare today that the most evident of truth that all of us are created equal … that our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on Earth.” – Barack Obama
“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
“Our role is to hand over a safe and beautiful world to the next generations full with human rights and cultural diversity.” – Sri Amit Ray
“Joy is found when you focus your energy on improving human dignity, human capacity and human values.” ― Amit Ray
“We declare that human rights are for all of us, all the time: whoever we are and wherever we are from; no matter our class, our opinions, our sexual orientation.” – Ban Ki-moon
“Human rights is the soul of our foreign policy, because human rights is the very soul of our sense of nationhood.” – Jimmy Carter
“When you stand up for someone’s right, and work for those who are suffering, for those who are deprived, for those who are in hunger, and in poor health and try to uplift the standard of living for all people across the planet, the Universal blessings come to you.” – Amit Ray
The human rights day aims to enlighten us about how our rights are a foundation of sustainable development and peaceful societies. The day also acknowledges the advocates and defenders of human rights around the world.
International days and weeks are occasions to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources to address global problems, and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity. This year’s Human Rights Day advocates for everyone to stand up for their rights and those of others civil, economic, political and cultural rights.