Thursday, December 10, 2015

UN: Despite Human Rights Day, 'Many Challenges Remain'

As the world observes International Human Rights Day on Thursday, the top United Nations human rights official is warning that "many challenges remain" to ensure freedom, justice and peace across the world.

International Human Rights Day is a commemoration of the date in 1948 when the U.N. General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a milestone document outlining basic international rights norms.

The declaration and subsequent human rights treaties "have played an important role in securing better respect and recognition (of rights) during the past five at times turbulent decades," said U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein.

"Of course, many challenges remain," he added in the video statement. "But respect for freedom continues to be the foundation for peace, security, and development for all."...

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