International Human Rights Day December 10

Human Rights Day

‘Human rights matter every day for everyone, everywhere’

In his traditional message for the Day, UN Human Rights Chief, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, highlighted the first words of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by virtually all UN Member States on 10 December 1948, more than sixty years ago: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”Read the full text here

On December 1st the High Commissioner Prince Zeid wrote an op-ed  ‘Stand in Solidarity with Courageous Women’s Human Rights Defenders.’ In this op-ed , he discusses achievements and gaps in guaranteeing equal rights for all and stresses the importance and courage of women human rights defenders, and the challenges they face. OHCHR will begin a new campaign on Human Rights Day, 10 December, to galvanize recognition for human rights advocates. – . The campaign runs from Human Rights Day, 10 December this year, to International Women’s Day, 8 March 2015.  We encourage everyone to join the ranks of these strong and inspiring advocates, on social media (#reflect2protect) and on the ground.   Read more


Giving Voice to the Victims and Survivors of Human Trafficking.

An event hosted by the High Commissioner for Human Rights at the United Nations in New York on Thursday October 22, 2009.    “These people are more than victims and survivors, they are champions of truth and justice”  words of the Secretary General Mr Ban Ki Moon.  Having listened to the stories of these people, how would describe them?  Why not share your thoughts with me by clicking on comment at the end of this post!

Click on the link.  You may need to download Real Player SP to be able to view the webcast.  Follow the links for the download.

Giving Voices to the Victims of Survivors of Human Trafficking

Special event

Thursday 22nd October 1:15pm – 2:45pm

ECOSOC Chamber      United Nations headquarters, New York

 Featuring the testimonies of four people

from Nepal, Uganda, United Kingdom and Venezuela who were victims

and are survivors of human trafficking

 To be opened by Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

 with the

High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay

 and the

Special Rapporteur on Trafficking, Joy Ngozi Ezeilo

 Live webcast at


The High Commissioner for Human Rights report on human trafficking, document A/HRC/10/64, presented to the Human Rights Council in March 2009, can be found at:

 The report of the Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons especially Women and Children, to be presented to the General Assembly on 23 October 2009, document A/64/290, can be found at:

 The list of countries that are party to the treaty banning human trafficking, the Optional Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, can be found at:

The text of the publication “Recommended Principles and Guidelines on Human Rights and Human Trafficking”, document E/2002/68/Add.1, can be found at:

 The 2009 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons, published by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, can be found at:

                                             New York Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, October 2009