Join our nation’s children as they “Stand up for human rights”

By Marcia Symphorien (Ms.), UNESCO SECRETARY GENERALSaint Lucia

PRESS RELEASE – SAINT Lucia joined the international community in commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) on International Human Rights Day, Monday 10th December 2018 under the theme “Many Voices One World: Stand up for human rights”

The Declaration is a historic document that was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly at its third session on 10th December 1948.

It consists of 30 articles affirming an individual’s rights and guarantees people the means necessary to satisfy their basic needs, such as food, housing, and education, so they can take full advantage of all opportunities; and finally, by guaranteeing life, liberty, equality and security, Human Rights protect people against abuse.

In an effort to provoke reflection and thoughtful examination of this subject, the Saint Lucia National Commission for UNESCO, Ministry of Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development organised a programme of activities targeting both schools and the general public.

One such activity was a documentary featuring the voices of ASPnet schools from around Saint Lucia reading out each of the 30 Articles of the Universal Declaration.

The documentary, which ran throughout this week (from Monday) was intended to provoke both national and individual deliberation and discussion on these rights, and on how far we have progressed in recognising and respecting the rights deemed internationally as inherent to all of mankind.

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and right, as stated in Article 1 of the Universal Declaration.

Join the voices of our nation’s children as they “Stand up for human rights”.

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