Today, 10 December marks the United Nations’ Human Rights Day. This year’s theme is inclusion and the right to participate in public life, but these concepts are conspicuously absent in Burma today, as recent events have proved.
The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) identifies inclusion and the right to participate in public life as “essential elements in achieving the full range of human rights for all of us… the fulfillment of the right to participate is fundamental to the functioning of a democracy and an effective human rights protection system. When the right to participate and inclusion are respected, each and every one of us is offered the opportunity to join in the debate, to offer ideas and to campaign for change.”
To commemorate this day, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi joined the OHCHR’s event in Geneva as the keynote speaker via satellite, serving as both an advocate for participation in public life and an example of a person and a place where this right to participation was, and in many cases still is, absent. One of the largest challenges facing Burma today and in the future is whether the government is willing and able to provide this basic human right of inclusion and participation to all of its citizens […]
One of the most important declarations of humanity, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, was adopted on 10 December, 1948 and the day has been designated as the International Human Rights Day.
The Myanmar National Human Rights Commission joins today the international human rights community in celebrating this auspicious day […]December 10, 2012 | By Myanmar National Human Rights Commission | Tags: International Human Rights Day, MNHRC Statements, Myanmar National Human Rights Commission, Political Prisoners | Read more >>
On Human Rights Day, Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) welcomes the increased global attention on the right to freedom of religion or belief in the past year, and encourages the international community to translate this into action to protect and promote this universal human right […]December 10, 2012 | By Christian Solidarity Worldwide | Tags: Chin, Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Freedom of Religion, International Human Rights Day, Rohingya | Read more >>
On Saturday, the world celebrated International Human Rights Day. However, in Burma, this anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights marked yet another year without any improvement in the human rights situation of the people.
The newly formed National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) used the occasion to release a statement praising the regime’s commitment to human rights.
In its statement, the NHRC referred to the importance of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The NHRC is right these two texts are of high importance. In fact, they are of such importance that, if the NHRC was an independent effective human rights body, it would have surely called on the regime to ratify these two fundamental instruments […]December 12, 2011 | By Burma Partnership | Tags: Burma Partnership, Human Rights, International Human Rights Day, Myanmar National Human Rights Commission | Read more >>
The atrocities committed during the Second World War and resultant large-scale violations of human rights shocked and galvanized the world community into embarking on serious efforts to create a world organization […]December 10, 2011 | By Myanmar National Human Rights Commission | Tags: International Human Rights Day, MNHRC Statements, Myanmar National Human Rights Commission | Read more >>
Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) will join Burmese and North Korean exiled communities on 10 December in a protest outside the Chinese Embassy in London to mark International Human Rights Day.
Burma and North Korea have two of the worst human rights records in the world. The protest in London, from 12noon until 1pm, will call for China to use its influence with both regimes to pressure them to stop perpetrating crimes against humanity against their citizens. China is a key source of economic, political and diplomatic support to the regimes in North Korea and Burma, and therefore has significant influence in the region […]December 9, 2010 | By Christian Solidarity Worldwide | Tags: Crime Against Humanity, International Human Rights Day, London, North Korea, SPDC | Read more >>