The price of human rights

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Since 1948, the UDHR has been the foundational document for enumerable worldwide treaties, regional human rights instruments, national constitutions, and is a key component of the global Bill of Human Rights which went into effect in 1976, according to Lowenthal's office. It recognizes human rights and freedoms as given at birth, ensures equality and guarantees protection from violence, ill-treatment and penalties that affect human dignity.

The declaration did not end gross human rights violations including genocide, with the Rohingyas in Myanmar just the latest victims of what is being seen as ethnic cleansing.

Congressmember Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) on Thursday introduced a bipartisan House Resolution honoring the 69th anniversary of Human Rights Day and the 1948 ratification by the United Nations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

The EU embassy in Dhaka issued the statement on the occasion of Human Rights Day today.

As people observed the International Human Rights Day on Sunday, several scholars, writers, artists, filmmakers and social activists came together under the banner of Pakistan-India People's Forum for Peace and Democracy calling on the two nuclear nations to resume meaningful dialogue, abandoning the confrontational tactics being followed. "If that happens, the cost in human life and misery will be vast, and the whole of humanity will pay a heavy price", Zeid warned, urging the world to "organize and mobilize in defense of human decency".

According to a report by KCNA Watch, the state news agency of North Korea, the white paper did not only praise North Korea for upholding human rights but also talked about nations that "violated them", referring to Western countries like the USA and the United Kingdom.

"The universality of rights is being contested across much of the world", he said. Also, Twitterati overflowed with Stand up for yourself and stand up for Human Rights to raise voice against any discrimination.

How can Human Rights exist when people are paid less or more just due to their gender, women being paid less 25 per cent because they are women, on a global scale? In July 2015, the African Union Assembly declared 2017-2026 as "the Human and People's Rights Decade", and is in the process of adopting its Ten Year Human Rights Action Plan.

Various political conferences, cultural events and exhibitions are held on this day dealing with human rights issues.

They have crucially given us many privileges and today is a day to celebrate that.

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