Human Rights Day, 2016

Brigidines join the global community to mark Human Rights Day on 10 December. This day commemorates the occasion on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

In 2016, Human Rights Day is calling on us and on everyone to stand up for someone’s rights! At times we may grow fearful about the world,  especially when we hear of disrespect for basic human rights in so many parts of the globe. Intolerance and hatred can prey on our fears too.

On this Human Rights Day let us reaffirm our common humanity. Wherever we are, we can each make a difference – in small or large ways. Whether at prayer, in our communities and neighbourhoods or in our places of living and ministry, our actions “in the footsteps of Jesus, living in the spirit of Brigid of Kildare and reflecting the values of Daniel Delany” can make a difference.(Congregational Forum 2016)

The time for this is now. It starts with each of us. Let us be prepared to step forward and defend the rights of the refugee or migrant, the person with disabilities, an LGBT person, a woman, a child, indigenous peoples, a minority group, or anyone else at risk of discrimination or violence.

You are invited to take a couple of minutes to view the following youtube clip about Human Rights Day.