No matter the hard times – we cannot forget the Human Rights and our collective responsibility.
Here some short extracts from Sintija Bernava’s article:
In 1948, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. This has had a revolutionary impact, however, we still have a long way to go before respect for human rights is truly universal.
In the time of the pandemic, it has become more difficult to assure the security and well-being of allall. This includes access to health care, food, water and sanitation, work, education. We can see the human rights agenda being instrumentalized for political purposes.
International solidarity is essential in the global response. In fact, no one country can beat this alone and some countries have better possibilities to respond than others. No one should be left behind.
When we take a human rights-based approach to development, the outcomes are more sustainable, powerful and effective. Society is stronger and more resilient when women and men can play a meaningful role in political, economic and social life, contributing to policy-making. It affects their lives, including by accessing information, engaging in dialogue, expressing dissent and joining together to express their views. Moreover, it includes the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, unfortunately, in many regions these rights are shrinking.
Global challenges are more connected than ever, but our responses are more fragmented. That’s why collective action is the only answer for the multiple crises that humanity is facing.
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