The Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room, Palais des Nations.

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Human rights are coming under increasing pressure worldwide. Action is needed – from all of us. Are you ready to take the pledge and stand up for human rights?

Human rights are the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world. They are fundamental rights that all people are entitled to, irrespective of personal characteristics such as gender, religion or belief, age, sexual orientation, disability or ethnicity.

In spite of a strong international legal framework, however, practice shows that the degree to which human rights are respected varies considerably.

On the occasion of Human Rights Day 2016, to be celebrated 10 December, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussain, has launched a campaign where he urges people to “stand up for someone’s rights”. The campaign aims at common action for greater freedoms, stronger respect and more compassion.

“Today's events in the world make many among us anxious – even fearful. We see human beings in pain. Decent values under attack. Messages of hatred and intolerance – divisive visions of the world which drive increasing selfishness. Isolation. Scapegoating. Violence. We need to stop this. And I believe we can.  We – you and I – can draw the line.», the High Commissioner states.

An important message from Mr. Zeid is that it starts with each of us, and that local steps make global movements. You can join the movement by taking the following pledge:

  • I will respect your rights regardless of who you are. I will      uphold your rights even when I disagree with you.
  • When anyone's human rights are denied, everyone's rights are      undermined, so I will STAND UP.
  • I will raise my voice. I will take action. I will use my rights to      stand up for your rights.

Are you ready to stand up for human rights? Click on the following link to take the pledge!

Source: http://www.standup4humanrights.org/en/