UN chief urges people to stand up for their human rights now ‘under siege’

Madiha Shakeel December 11, 2018

UNITED NATIONS: Noting that human rights were “under siege” around the world, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called on everyone and to stand up for their rights.

“Universal values are being eroded. The rule of law is being undermined,” he said in a message on Human Rights Day.

The secretary-general said, “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.”

He added, “Now more than ever, our shared duty is clear: Let us stand up for human rights — for everyone, everywhere.”

Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2018

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