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Saturday 10 December 2011

World Human Rights Day

World Human Rights Day

10th DECEMBER, 2011
 “We could learn a lot from crayons: some are sharp, some are pretty. Some are dull, some have weird names, and all are different colors but they all have to learn to live in the same box.”

This year we celebrate the tremendous achievements of the 1948 UN adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This was the declaring which established that respect for human rights and human modesty "is the pillar of freedom, peace and justice in the world." Since the call by UN to all governments, and organizations to accept the declaration there has been spontaneous progress and transformation in the way people view and behave towards one another worldwide.

Drastic changes globally are clearly notable and the UN Human Rights Council continuously revises the Universal Declaration to make amendments where appropriate to meet up with the demand of the changes. In their 17th session for example, they made several resolutions like the mandate of special Rapporteur for Syria and trafficking in persons especially in women and children; ending violence against women; follow up on the right to education; human rights; sexual orientation and gender identity; promotion of the right of people to peace, just to name a few. The UN is doing its best to reach a world of non discrimination.

The World Assembly of Youth (WAY) also recognizes the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the basis of our actions and services. As an organization we promote democracy, freedom, human rights observance especially among the youth since our aims are set out to render services to the youth. As Youth Advocators, we also observe international dates that promote freedom, democracy and human rights. This year alone WAY issued a press release on the 8th of March, International Women's Day themed “Equal Access to Education, Training and Science and Technology: Pathway to decent work for women”. This is an example of how we want to bring awareness on human rights especially to those marginalized.

Therefore in view of what we stand for, today we call all to say no to inequality, oppression, and inhumane activities on this day. Let us all promote love, and respect for human rights.People who maintain dignity know the dignity of others and respect it. May we be known for dignified acts towards one another. Let us be an extraordinary community that moves beyond the boundaries of culture, race, gender, political, religious and socio- economic backgrounds to respect and uphold each other’s rights. Everyone has to be educated on their rights, especially the young hence we call on organizations to co-organize meaningful events that bring awareness on this issue with WAY.

As we make wishes to mark the celebration on this day, let us remember to give liberty, tolerance, love and justice to all peoples and nations. Accountability to human rights observance starts with the discipline of oneself. Freedom begins with you and me today.
Our wish for today will be that all will have fairness and equality will prevail in our communities.

Happy Human Rights Day!

World Assembly of Youth (WAY) | World Youth Complex | Jalan Lebuh Ayer Keroh | 75450 Ayer Keroh|Melaka, MALAYSIA
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