“Where do Human Rights live? They live in each of us.” (Human Rights 75)
Brigidines recognise that International Human Rights Day is celebrated on 10 December to create awareness and to promote respect for the rights and freedoms enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. (UDHR)
Human Rights 75 is the UN Initiative, formed to honour the 75th anniversary of the adoption of the UDHR – endorsed unanimously by all at the United Nations General Assembly in 1948.
“Human Rights include the right to life and liberty, freedom from slavery and torture, freedom of opinion and expression, the right to work and education, and many more. Everyone is entitled to these rights, without discrimination.”
Why is there a Universal Declaration of Human Rights? What does it mean today?
Youth engagement is a key component of the Human Rights 75 Initiative. To ensure such engagement, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights established a Youth Advisory Group, which participates in the design, implementation and follow-up of Human Rights 75 activities.
Read the Key Messages of Human Rights 75: here
“The UDHR calls upon everybody to stand up for human rights. We all have a role to play. We can support and learn from others in our efforts to realise greater freedom and equality for all.
Let’s act in our own daily lives, to up hold our rights and rights of others, to work together for a more sustainable, just, and prosperous world – for this generation and those yet to come.”
(From the UN’s Human Rights 75 Key Messages)
“We have more in common than we think. And if we hark back to our origins – and look forward to what the world could be in the future – we can see that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights not only voices ancient wisdoms from all cultures but will ensure our survival.”
– António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations
“…we are challenged to listen and respond to the cry of all life pleading,
“Am I not your neighbour?’”
– Invitation and Call, Congregational Forum 2022