Published: Mon, December 11, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Human Rights Day 2017: What Is Universal Declaration Of Human Rights

Human Rights Day 2017: What Is Universal Declaration Of Human Rights

Today is International Human Rights Day, in recognition of the 10 December 1948, when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

According to the KCNA's English-language report, the white paper states: "The DPRK is a country where genuine human rights are firmly protected and successfully put into practice as the working masses' democratic freedom and rights are most thoroughly defended and most brilliantly realized".

What did the document proclaim?

The Universal Declaration of the Human rights is the translated document in the world which is available in more than 500 languages.

In 1993, an autonomous public body, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) of India, was found for the protection and promotion of human rights, which works on rights relating to life, liberty, equality and dignity of an individual.

In conclusion, the African Union Commission seizes this opportunity to call on all the Member States of the United Nations and African Union to renew their commitment and take all the necessary measures to ensure the effective implementation of existing norms and standards at the global, continental, regional and national levels, and the realization of human and peoples rights, without any distinction or discrimination.

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"At the same time, we should be under no illusions: the legacy of the Universal Declaration is facing threats on many fronts".

According to a report by KCNA Watch, the state news agency of North Korea, the white paper did not only praise North Korea for upholding human rights but also talked about nations that "violated them", referring to Western countries like the USA and the United Kingdom. If we let our commitment to uphold human rights drift - if we turn aside when they are abused - they will slowly shrivel and die.

"As we enter the 70 anniversary year of the Universal Declaration, it is right that we should honour its achievements and pay tribute to its inspired architects". In 2011, after the Arab Spring pro-democracy protests in the Middle East, the day recognized the importance of social media and technology in the battle for human rights. Also, the five-yearly United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights and Nobel Peace Prize is awarded on December 10. From the most basic human needs such as food, shelter, and water, all the way up to access to free and uncensored information, such has been the goals and ambitions laid out that day.

He also said, "We must organize and mobilize in defence of human decency, in defence of a better common future..." Meanwhile, South Africa celebrates Human Rights Day on March 21, in remembrance of the Sharpeville massacre which took place on March 21, 1960.

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