This Year’s Message Is: Stand Up for Human Rights!
Stand Ghana Marked this years human Rights Day Celebration with community engagement outreach activities. We interacted with people of all walks of life, in their homes, on the streets, in their offices and shops. We talked about human rights issues and explain things to those who didn’t know anything about the subject.
Interestingly, someone asked us if human rights was a church? So we had to explain the meaning of human rights in the local dialect which was a bit difficult; but we managed to do it. This reminds us that we still have a lot of work to do in the area of human rights education and awareness creation.
This year the Universal Declaration of Human Rights turns 70 years on 10th December 2018 – (from 1948 to 2018); and its worth celebrating by everyone, everywhere.
I know there are many unanswered questions on many people’s minds about the effectiveness of human rights implementation in most countries, including Ghana. However, that does not take away the huge benefits human rights has brought us and continue to bring us globally.
Therefore, human rights are still relevant today as they were in 1948 when the declaration was first adopted at the United Nations General Assembly by member countries.
I cannot imagine my world without the protection of human rights and freedoms. Let’s stand up for human rights always.
Happy Human Rights Day to every single individual person!
Written By: Rose Enya
December 10, 2016
International Human Rights Day is commemorated every year on December 10 in honour of respect for human rights principle and values in society. This year, the UN is calling on us – you and I, to: “stand up for someone’s rights”.
The day is commemorated on December 10 every year because; the United Nations General Assembly adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) on December 10, 1948. And, since 1950, ‘December 10’ has been set aside as international human rights day.
The day reminds us of our responsibility to promote, protect and respect human rights of everyone, and to engender faith in all human rights principles.
Article one of the UDHR document states that: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” But, do all human beings in our world today truly ‘FEEL’ free and equal in dignity and in rights?
Indeed, although the UDHR states everyone has human rights, there are many who feel what is written down in the UDHR document is not reflected in their day-to-day lives.
There are still too many in the world who don’t know their human rights and there are many who can’t enjoy their rights even if they do know them.
So, as we commemorate human rights day, let’s continue to speak and act for human rights and for those who cannot do it for themselves. I call upon you to: “Stand Up For Someone’s Right Today!”
BY: Rosemary Kayi
(Stand Ghana Inc.)
Human Rights Day – 10th Dec
December 10 is Human Rights Day! As we celebrate this very important day, we would like to urge you to get to know the full range of all your Human Rights, Freedoms and Responsibilities and to Respect the Rights of others so that together we can all build a better society and a better world.
We also call on the government to make awareness and knowledge about human rights a priority in Ghana; by instituting the teaching of human rights in the school curriculum so that everyone would know how to claim their rights and respect the rights of others better. It is not enough that the constitution guarantees these rights – people need to know what they are – that is why education and teaching is key.