MESSAGE ON HUMAN RIGHTS DAY
10 december 2018. For 70 years, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has been a global beacon – shining a light for dignity, equality and well-being … and bringing hope to dark places.
The rights proclaimed in the Declaration apply to everyone -- no matter our race, belief, location or other distinction of any kind.
Human rights are universal and eternal.
They are also indivisible. One cannot pick and choose among civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights.
Today we also honour the human rights defenders risking their lives to protect people in the face of rising hatred, racism, intolerance and repression.
Indeed, human rights are under siege around the world.
Universal values are being eroded. The rule of law is being undermined.
Now more than ever, our shared duty is clear:
Let us stand up for human rights -- for everyone, everywhere.