Human Rights Day 2020: This year’s Human Rights Day focuses on the devastating fallout of COVID-19 pandemic on the underprivileged people, children, and women and the need to “build back better by ensuring human rights are central to recovery efforts”. Every year Human Rights Day – a United Nations designated day – is observed on December 10. The UN encourages nations “to create equal opportunities for all” and address the issues of inequality, exclusion and discrimination. Human Rights Day is a great opportunity to spread awareness about the importance of human rights in our communities and worldwide solidarity in re-building after the pandemic.
Human Rights Day 2020: Theme and history
“Recover Better – Stand Up For Human Rights” is the theme for Human Rights Day this year. The aim is to engage with all the stakeholders and partners and also involve the people to push for transformative action. Human Rights Day came into effect in 1948 when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is available in more than 500 languages and is also the most translated document in the world.
Human Rights must be at the centre of the post COVID-19 world: UN
The pandemic has pushed innumerable people to the brink. Inequality, poverty and discrimination have been deepening globally. In order to” build back better”, the widening gap among people must be addressed, according to the world rights body.
- “End discrimination of any kind” – Ending structural discrimination is one of the key needs for ‘building back better’ in a post-pandemic world.
- “Address inequalities” – Countries must take steps to protect economic and cultural rights.
- “Encourage participation and solidarity” – In a post-Covid world, solidarity among people, government agencies, non-profit groups and individuals is essential.
- “Promote sustainable development” – Leaving no one behind is at the centre of recovery efforts in a post pandemic world.