10th December is Human Rights DayDignity, freedom and justice for all

Ranjan K Baruah
Contd from prev issue
However, the promise of the UDHR, of dignity and equality in rights, has been under a sustained assault in recent years. As the world faces challenges new and ongoing – pandemics, conflicts, exploding inequalities, morally bankrupt global financial system, racism, climate change – the values, and rights enshrined in the UDHR provide guideposts for our collective actions that do not leave anyone behind.
António Guterres, the Secretary-General of the UN in his message stated that “the world is facing unprecedented and interlocking challenges to human rights ,hunger and poverty are increasing – an affront to the economic and social rights of hundreds of millions of people, civic space is shrinking, media freedom and the safety of journalists are in dangerous decline in almost every region of the world, trust in institutions is evaporating, especially among young people, racism, intolerance and discrimination are running rampant and The COVID-19 pandemic has led to increased levels of violence against women and girls.” He also said that new human rights challenges are emerging from the triple planetary crisis of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution. He urged Member States, civil society, the private sector and others to put human rights at the heart of efforts to reverse today’s damaging trends.
We should be aware that UDHR holds the Guinness World Record as the most translated document. Yet, far too many people are still unaware of their basic rights as human beings. UDHR empowers us all and the principles enshrined in the Declaration are as relevant today as they were in 1948. It is the time that we stand up for our own rights and those of others. We can be voice and raise the concern or else just become a victim. We must be a voice whenever we see any violation of human rights.
(With direct inputs from UN publication and feedback may be sent to [email protected])