United Nations:Top UN officials have urged the international community to ensure that freedoms enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) are understood, implemented and enjoyed by everyone.
Making this statement, the officials regretted that women were still far from enjoying the rights guaranteed to them and stressed on elimination of twin scourges of discrimination and exclusion.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s message stressing relevance of the Declaration in todays world kicked off a year-long UN system-wide campaign “Dignity and Justice for All of Us” to raise awareness about the Declaration.
Regretting lack of political will on the part of nations to implement international norms they had willingly accepted, Ban called for making fundamental freedom a reality for everyone, something which does not exist today.
The 60th anniversary of the landmark document provides an opportunity to reinvigorate efforts to ensure that the declaration’s freedoms apply to all, he said.
“It is a chance to ensure that these rights are a living reality that they are known, understood and enjoyed by everyone, everywhere,” he emphasised.
In her message, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour paid tribute to those who have given their lives in the pursuit of transforming the ideals of the Declaration-- inherent human dignity, justice, non-discrimination, equality, fairness and universality into reality.
“Today is also the day to reflect upon our individual and collective failures to stand up against violence, racism, xenophobia, torture, repression of unpopular views and injustices of all sorts,” she observed.