UN Chief Says Human Rights Are Under Siege

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré (file)
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré (file)

UN Secretary-General António Guterres said Saturday that human rights are under siege around the world and universal values are being eroded. He added that the rule of law is being undermined.

Mr. Guterres was conveying his message for the Human Rights Day, observed on 10 December.

For 70 years, he said, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has been a global beacon shining a light for dignity, equality, and well-being… and bringing hope to dark places.

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The rights proclaimed in the Declaration apply to everyone – no matter our race, belief, location or other distinction of any kind, he said, adding that human rights are universal and eternal.

They are also indivisible. One cannot pick and choose among civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights. Today we honour the human rights defenders risking their lives to protect people in the face of rising hatred, racism, intolerance, and repression.

“Now more than ever, our shared duty is clear: Let us stand up for human rights for everyone, everywhere,” the UN Chief suggested in his message.

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