On 10 December each year, at the conclusion 16 days of activities aimed at raising awareness about ending violence against women, the United Nations observes Human Rights Day around the world by recognizing achievements made since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights after the trauma of the Second World War.
My late father believed that the declaration is the fruit of the great efforts of our civilization and human progress, a unique moment in which humanity came of age in its civic education; that it is also a source of inspiration for the formation of today's citizens, and not cause for divisions among them.
From those first steps, the movement for human rights in Cambodia grew. It sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected and it has been translated into over 500 languages.
"Measures to end discrimination and promote greater justice", the United Nations official said, are "starting to be being dismantled by those who seek profit from hatred and exploitation" as "we see a backlash against many human rights advances, including on the rights of women and those of many minorities, in the Americas, Asia, Africa and Europe". We have to uphold the rights which protect us and promote the kinship of all human beings.
The award has been conferred every 10th December each from 1993 to commemorate and honor the United Nations International Human Rights Day. In 2017, Human Rights day observed a year-long campaign to mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of the Human rights which proclaimed rights of a human being such as colour, religion, race, sex, political and any other opinion, language, property and birth. Human Rights Day was formally established at the 317th Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly on December 4, 1950.
The EU, a political and economic union of 28 member states, also laid emphasis on the respect and promotion of human rights and democracy.
In the Cooperation Agreement signed between Bangladesh and the European Union in 2001, both sides reaffirmed the importance they attach to the principles of human rights in the UN Conventions.
"We must organise and mobilise in defence of human decency, in defence of a better common future".
When I look at the Declaration, I see how our organization, the United Nations Development Programme, works to prevent and end abuses of many of these economic and social rights. Unfortunately, people have no access to their basic human rights in many countries. That energy drives the promise of the Universal Declaration: that every person will be "free and equal, in dignity and rights".