50th anniversary of Human Rights Day "Our Rights. Our Freedoms. Always."
Thursday، 10 December 2015 - 12:00 AM
Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 1950, the Assembly passed resolution 423 (V), inviting all States and interested organizations to observe 10 December of each year as Human Rights Day.
This year's Human Rights Day is devoted to the launch of a year-long campaign for the 50th anniversary of the two International Covenants on Human Rights: the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which were adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 16 December 1966.
The two Covenants, together with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, form the International Bill of Human Rights, setting out the civil, political, cultural, economic, and social rights that are the birth right of all human beings.
"Our Rights. Our Freedoms. Always." aims to promote and raise awareness of the two Covenants on their 50th anniversary. The year-long campaign revolves around the theme of rights and freedoms -- freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear -- which underpin the International Bill of Human Rights are as relevant today as they were when the Covenants were adopted 50 years ago.
Egypt’s statement on Human Rights Day
Egypt asserted that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is the cornerstone for dealing with the current challenges besetting the world.
The Foreign Ministry said the UDHR led Egypt to defend peoples' rights to win back their freedom and security as well as to guarantee rights and freedoms for all peoples without any discrimination.
Egypt also called for supporting rights and freedoms and achieving stability for all peoples as well as confronting intolerance and conflicts and preserving justice and peace norms.
The Foreign Ministry also underlined Egypt's role in drafting the UDHR in 1948 which aimed to confront colonization and slavery as well as stressing Africa, Arab, Muslim and developing countries' right in gaining their freedom and dignity.
Egypt will continue, via its membership in international and regional institutions including UN Security Council, to contribute to supporting human rights at the international level.
NCHR statement on Human Rights Day
Head of the National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) Mohamed Fayeq called for putting an end to violations of human rights all over the world.
Fayeq called on the international community and the United Nations to put an end to foreign intervention in many countries around the world.
He stressed that such an intervention fueled civil wars and led to the outbreaks of sectarian violence.
AL statement on Human Rights Day
Arab League (AL) Secretary General Nabil el Araby called for exerting international, regional and national efforts to protect all human rights and freedoms.
Araby urged the international community to adopt policies for resolving crises peacefully to overcome the risks of armed conflicts.
The Palestinian people are the most suffering from the absence of their rights, which have been violated systematically for decades by Israeli soldiers and settlers, Araby said.
Also, thousands of Palestinians are imprisoned without trial and their lands confiscated for the expansion of Israeli settlements, he added.