Human Rights Day Quotes

By Tommy Pettersson

Human Rights Day 2011

Human Rights :: Human Rights Day 10 December 2011

Human Rights Day

This year, millions of people decided the time had come to claim their rights. They took to the streets and demanded change. Many found their voices using the internet and instant messaging to inform, inspire and mobilize supporters to seek their basic human rights. Social media helped activists organize peaceful protest movements in cities across the globe - from Tunis to Madrid, from Cairo to New York - at times in the face of violent repression.

Human rights belong equally to each of us and bind us together as a global community with the same ideals and values. As a global community we all share a day in common: Human Rights Day on 10 December, when we remember the creation 63 years ago of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

On Human Rights Day 2011, we pay tribute to all human rights defenders and ask you to get involved in the global human rights movement.

Ban Ki-moon

"Human rights belong to every one of us without exception. But unless we know them, unless we demand they be respected, and unless we defend our right - and the right of others - to exercise them, they will be just words in a decades-old document."
~ Ban Ki-moon (1944- ) South Korean Diplomat, 8th UN Secretary-General - on Human Rights Day 2011.

Navi Pillay

"In Tunis and Cairo, Benghazi and Dara'a, and later on - albeit in a very different context - in Madrid, New York, London, Santiago and elsewhere, millions of people from all walks of life have mobilized to make their own demands for human dignity. They have dusted off the promise of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and demanded "freedom from fear and freedom from want," the Declaration's shorthand for all the civil, political, social economic and cultural rights it contains. They have reminded governments and international institutions alike that health care, and education and housing, and access to justice, are not commodities for sale to the few, but rather rights, guaranteed to everyone, everywhere, without discrimination."
~ Navi Pillay, High Commissioner for Human Rights - on Human Rights Day 2011.

"In Sudan, the administration should explore ways to bring al-Bashir to justice, even as it encourages stability in Darfur. This means bringing all permanent members of the U.N. Security Council on board to send the message that the international community will not tolerate mass atrocities."
~ Angelina Jolie, in an op-ed piece in Newsweek on Human Rights Day, December 11, 2009.

"We, with the help of other local organisations of Shimla, will spread the message regarding the protection of human rights in every household. Human rights don't mean torturing a person after getting him arrested. Human rights include right to education, right to health and environment."
~ Arvind Thakur, on the increasing crime rate against women in Himachal Pradesh, May 12, 2009

"Human rights education is much more than a lesson in schools or a theme for a day; it is a process to equip people with the tools they need to live lives of security and dignity. On this International Human Rights Day, let us continue to work together to develop and nurture in future generations a culture of human rights, to promote freedom, security and peace in all nations."
~ Kofi Annan (1938- ) Ghanian Diplomat, 7th UN Secretary-General

"Today, poverty prevails as the gravest human rights challenge in the world. Combating poverty, deprivation and exclusion is not a matter of charity, and it does not depend on how rich a country is. By tackling poverty as a matter of human rights obligation, the world will have a better chance of abolishing this scourge in our lifetime....Poverty eradication is an achievable goal."
~ Louise Arbour, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, 10 December 2006

"It is difficult to imagine today just what a fundamental shift the Universal Declaration of Human Rights represented when it was adopted sixty years ago. In a post-war world scarred by the Holocaust, divided by colonialism and wracked by inequality, a charter setting out the first global and solemn commitment to the inherent dignity and equality of all human beings, regardless of colour, creed or origin, was a bold and daring undertaking."
~ Louise Arbour, High Commissioner for Human Rights

"Human rights are not a privilege conferred by government. They are every human being's entitlement by virtue of his humanity. The right to life does not depend, and must not be contingent, on the pleasure of anyone else, not even a parent or sovereign. ... You must weep that your own government, at present, seems blind to this truth."
~ Mother Teresa

"Human rights is the only ideology that deserves to survive."
~ Simon Wiesenthal, Nazi death camp survivor who dedicated his life to documenting Holocaust crimes and hunting down the perpetrators.

"So long as we have enough people in this country willing to fight for their rights, we'll be called a democracy."
~ Roger Nash Baldwin

"Human Rights for everyone is the necessary foundation upon which all of us may build a world where everybody may live in peace and serenity and plenty."
~ Michael Douglas

"The UN Declaration of Human Rights laid down what any person might reasonably expect, yet there are remarkably few people who enjoy these rights. With cameras in the hands of activists and meaningful distribution of those images, we will witness what really goes on in this world and hopefully want to change it."
~ Peter Gabriel

"Commit yourself to the noble struggle for human rights. You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country and a finer world to live in."
~ Martin Luther King, Jr., prominent leader in the African-American civil rights movement

"Human rights are inscribed in the hearts of people; they were there long before lawmakers drafted their first proclamation."
~ Mary Robinson, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, 1997-2002

"Tolerance and human rights require each other."
~ Simon Wiesenthal, Nazi death camp survivor who dedicated his life to documenting Holocaust crimes and hunting down the perpetrators.

"Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home - so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world … Such are the places where every man, woman and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt, first chair of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, who championed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which was adopted by the United Nations in 1948.

Tommy Pettersson
Article by Tommy Pettersson
Tommy Pettersson is a well known internet developer and the founder of Fair Trade Community. Fair Trade Community is a community where people can get facts and information, meet and discuss how they can help to improve the lives of some of the poorest people in the world. Learn more at Fair Trade Community.

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