PGA warns of persistent violations of human rights

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John Ashe

Persistent violations of the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are rampant, President of the General Assembly Dr. John Ashe said in a message to a meeting commemorating the 65th anniversary of the Declaration.

He said that all too often, we have, as representatives of the 'People', failed to uphold and to adhere to the laws, norms and standards to which we have ascribed.

According to Ambassador Ashe, we are still challenged in our efforts to address and to implement effectively the basic tenets of the Declaration.

He noted that around the world, we see that poor, vulnerable, marginalized populations and minorities are continually discriminated against based on race, gender, language, religion and socio-economic status. 65 years after the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, far too many people lack the right to a standard of living adequate for health and well-being. Too many suffer from persecution and are denied equal access to the law and recognition before the law. Too many women and children are still victims of human trafficking and contemporary forms of slavery and denied their basic right to liberty, security and dignity.

The president's statement noted that these and other violations occur far too often. He said they, in the Assembly of Nations have an obligation- a duty really- to respond and take action.

He stressed "We cannot stand by idly or look away when we see oppression and discrimination."

The statement was delivered by the Permanent Representative of Cameroon to the United Nations on behalf of the President of the General Assembly. This is Donn Bobb reporting.

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