Human Rights Day 2013 Marks 65th Anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights | Freedom House

Human Rights Day 2013 Marks 65th Anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Human Rights Day is celebrated annually across the world on December 10th. This year is the 65th anniversary of the UNGA’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We would like to dedicate the day to the brave souls who struggle to make that declaration a reality in the most repressive parts of the Eurasia region.  The “Inspirational Resilience” of Human Rights Defenders is something that can sustain us all, and lift us up and onward in the darkest times.
The power of those who are willing to stand up and take to the streets to speak truth to power is happening in real time in Ukraine. Let us all take a moment of solidarity to the brave Ukirainian citiziens, activists, and journalists who are fighting for a brighter future and a government who respects their rights.
Repressive regimes in the Eurasia region are increasingly emboldened to crack down on human rights and civil society. From Belarus to Russia to Kazakhstan to Tajikistan to Uzbekistan, authoritarian governments have consolidated their control across the Eurasian region. Human rights defenders face unthinkable pressure in many countries of Eurasia. Yet they continue to work - bravely, tirelessly - in the face of risks to themselves and their families. Where conditions  seem the most daunting and challenges the most formidable, we continue to be inspired by the resilience, passion, and commitment to the belief that human rights are worth fighting for.
To the champions of freedom, we honor your achievements.

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