UN human rights chief salutes people fighting for their rights

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An early draft version of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. UN Photo/Greg Kinch

On Human Rights Day United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, salutes all the people around the world who are suffering for demanding their rights.

In her message marking the day, observed on 10 December, Ms. Pillay says millions of people have gone to the streets to advocate for their civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights.

She says that in a number of countries thousands of men and women are tortured to death, raped, bombed, shelled, shot and forced from their homes.

People, Ms. Pillay adds, are deprived of food, water, electricity and health care by their own governments or by armed groups, apparently intent on nothing more than their own hold on power.

"These are governments and non-state actors who continue to behave in a way that is the complete antithesis of everything we celebrate on Human Rights Day. Today, I salute all those who have suffered so much seeking what is rightfully theirs, and all those people in other countries who are also saying we have a voice, we have our rights and we want to participate in the way our societies and economies are run. Because that is how it should be."

Duration: 29"

Human Rights Day marks the adoption by the UN General Assembly of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 10 December 1948.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

Duration: 1’25″

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