International Human Rights Day

Aaron Brown
December 11, 2017

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". These rights are all interrelated, interdependent and indivisible.

He concluded that "human rights are too important to be left to states alone". While Human Rights Day was adopted in 1948, it formally came into place in 1950 after the Assembly passed resolution 423 (V) inviting all States and interested organizations to observe the day.

The following African Human Rights organs, namely the African Commission on Human and People's Rights, the African Court on Human and People's Rights, and the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, together with other African Union organs with a mandate on promoting and protecting human rights, have the potential to offer victims of human rights violations in Africa avenues for redress and need to be reinforced. It is the auspicious day for everyone in this world because the Universal Declaration of Human Rights empowers all of us.

Drafted by representatives of diverse legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the UDHR sets out universal values and a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.

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Human Rights Day is the day adopted by the National General Assembly in 1948. Every year Human Rights Day marks conferences around the world dedicated to ensuring that these ideals are pursued, and that the basic Human Rights of every person is made a priority in the global theater.

The Human Rights Day should be a time for reflection for those in positions of responsibility and power - including politicians and the security forces - and ordinary Kenyans. "If that happens, the cost in human life and misery will be huge, and the whole of humanity will pay a heavy price", Zeid warned, urging the world to "organize and mobilize in defense of human decency". So in 2017 where do we stand?

Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai, one of the most vibrant defenders of human rights, invoked the name of an earlier anti-Nazi pioneer Sunday. And it is up to each individual to protect and advance those rights, by standing up not just for oneself but also for others.

It is up to us how we fight for the rights. We have many challenges in our society and it is all upto us how we fight back for justice. 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. Exercising this right significantly allows each of us to have our say every five years, on who governs us.

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