Blog Breaking International Day for Human Rights: Heartfelt Cry from Lebanon

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"I call on States to honour their obligation to protect human rights every day of the year. I call on people to hold their governments to account. "

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

"The UN General Assembly proclaimed 10 December as Human Rights Day in 1950, to bring to the attention ‘of the peoples of the world’ the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.

This year’s slogan, Human Rights 365,encompasses the idea that every day is Human Rights Day. It celebrates the fundamental proposition in the Universal Declaration that each one of us, everywhere, at all times is entitled to the full range of human rights, that human rights belong equally to each of us and bind us together as a global community with the same ideals and values." (source: UN website)

The world is celebrating today the International Day for Human Rights while human rights in Lebanon are notoriously bad. Lebanon prides itself that Lebanese philosopher Charles Malik was the official rapporteur for the United Nation’s Commission on Human Rights in 1948, which drafted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

According to Lebanese psychoanalyst and human rights activist Reina Milad Sarkis, the government should create a ministry for human rights to put an end to abuses against women and other human rights violations. She believes that there is need for a radical solution to end violence against women in Lebanon; the government should act on legal and cultural levels to change women’s dim reality and provide citizens and residents of Lebanon with basic rights.

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