Celebrating the 71st Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)
This year’s Human Rights Day marks the celebration of the 71st Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and is commemorated under the international theme: ‘Standing Up for Human Rights.’
Uganda has specifically targeted this theme to the youth.
Under the generic call to action “Youth Stand Up for Human Rights,” the aim is to celebrate the potential of youth as constructive agents of change, amplify their voices and help them engage a broad range of audiences in the protection and promotion of human rights. This year’s campaign is designed to encourage, galvanize and showcase how the youth stand up for rights against racism, hate speech, bullying, discrimination and climate change among other rights.
Human Rights are entitlements due to human beings by virtue of them being human. For example, the right to life, the right to food and a clean environment, right to good health, the right to freedom of speech and association, Protection against cruel and inhuman punishment, degrading treatment, the right to due process before being deprived of liberty or property, right to education and the right to work and earn a living.