HUMAN RIGHTS DAY 2012 -make your voice heard…

Human Rights Day presents an opportunity, every year, to celebrate human rights, highlight a specific issue, and advocate for the full enjoyment of all human rights by everyone everywhere.

This year, the spotlight is on the rights of all people — women, youth, minorities, persons with disabilities, indigenous people, the poor and marginalized — to make their voices heard in public life and be included in political decision-making.

These human rights — the rights to freedom of opinion and expression, to peaceful assembly and association, and to take part in government (articles 19, 20 and 21 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights) have been at the centre of the historic changes in the Arab world over the past two years, in which millions have taken to the streets to demand change. In other parts of the world, the “99%” made their voices heard through the global Occupy movement protesting economic, political and social inequality.

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Make your voice count!

Share your thoughts about the right to participate in public life and political decision-making, using #VoiceCount.

Previous Human Rights Day themes

Human Rights Day 2011: Celebrate Human Rights

Human Rights Day 2010: Human rights defenders who act to end discrimination

Human Rights Day 2009: Special focus on discrimination

Human Rights Day 2007-2008: UDHR 60th Anniversary

Human Rights Day 2006: Fighting Poverty: A Matter of Obligation, Not Charity

Human Rights Day 2005: Torture and the Global Efforts to Combat it

Human Rights Day 2004: Human Rights Education

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