Mitchell On Human Rights Day

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viagra generic cialis times;”>Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day on which, cialis canada troche in 1948, diagnosis the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Today more than ever, as the world is gripped with growing acts of violence, terror and atrocious impingement on the rights of humanity, it is imperative to recall the intent of the Universal Declaration that stands as a common standard to uphold fundamental human rights and universal protection for all. 

As stated in the preamble of the Declaration “…recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.” 

The Bahamas is firmly committed to uphold the human rights and dignity of all, having signed ——human rights instruments of the United Nations, and most recently ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Disabled and the optional protocols on the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

It is not enough to sign human rights instruments, although this is an important first step – we must also act on them.  This includes putting in place measures for the empowerment of women.  Women comprise 50% of the world’s population, and as I said in my address at the 70th UNGA, there can be no economic and social development without the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. 

Similarly, we need to pay attention to the needs of all young people.  What legacy is being left for them? Taking into account the imagination, ideals and energies of young people makes good sense; to not do so will risk the continuing development of the societies in which they live. 

Today on Human Rights Day, let us all commit to upholding the fundamental freedom, protection and rights of all humanity.