Why December 10 is not only Nobel Day but also Human Rights Day: A Look at the Importance of Human Rights

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December 10: A Day to Reflect on Human Rights

As the world celebrates Nobel Day on December 10, it is also important to recognize that this date holds another significant significance – Human Rights Day. This day marks the anniversary of the adoption of the UN Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in 1948, a historic moment that established the fundamental rights of individuals in relation to the state and society.

The declaration emphasizes the responsibility of the state in ensuring that the rights of individuals are not violated. Over the years, additional conventions related to human rights have been added, such as the Convention on the Rights of the Child, further solidifying the importance of upholding human rights globally.

Human rights form the foundation of organizations like Amnesty International, whose work is driven by the protection and promotion of human rights. In Säffle, the local Amnesty group has been actively involved in advocating for individuals and ethnic groups whose human rights are being violated.

One such case is that of lawyer Gao Zhishang, who has been imprisoned since 2017 for defending people from the Uyghur ethnic group in Xinjiang, China. The plight of the Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in Xinjiang has been a cause for concern, with reports of mass detention, forced labor, and religious oppression. The situation has been further exacerbated by the Chinese state’s international propaganda campaign, which portrays a distorted picture of the conditions in the region.

Despite efforts to shed light on the human rights violations in Xinjiang, the UN Human Rights Council’s report on the repression in the region was blocked in 2022, highlighting the challenges in holding perpetrators of human rights abuses accountable.

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As we reflect on Human Rights Day, it is crucial to recognize that for many people around the world, human rights are not guaranteed. The events in Xinjiang serve as a stark reminder of the ongoing struggle to protect and uphold human rights for all. This Sunday, December 10, let us take a moment to reflect on the importance of human rights and the work that still needs to be done to ensure that everyone’s rights are respected and protected.

Signed,
Amnesty Group 127 in Säffle

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