From the beginning of your life until the end, human rights are your rights. You are entitled to your human rights simply because you are a human being. Human rights are not privileges granted or taken away by some authority because of who you happen to be. These rights remain yours, regardless of where you live, what you believe, how you look, or whatever is happening in the community or world around you. Human rights provide you with a connection to all peoples of the world.
Promoting, Engaging, Protecting Human Rights
We offer to you an invitation to engage. All of us can promote and defend human rights. We are calling on everyone, individuals as well as governments, companies, and the civil society to demonstrate their commitment.
What can you do to raise awareness of what the Declaration means in everyday life and show how it empowers us all?
- Promote the Declaration and its core messages among your family, friends and colleagues.
- “A Declaration in every pocket”: make one-page copies of the Declaration available in every public place (e.g., post offices, libraries, schools).
- Call on your public officials to stress the importance of the Declaration.
- Plan a specific date and time where citizens honor the Declaration through a symbolic action (e.g. lighting a candle, balloons release, ringing of bells, etc.).
- Use planned events (sports, music festivals, art exhibitions) in your city or town to promote the Declaration.
- In schools, set a minimum number of school hours to be devoted to human rights education; sponsor school art and writing competitions on the Declaration and widely distribute artwork.
- Promote the UDHR within your company through your corporate communication channels.
- Speak out/up when another’s rights are at risk or under attack.
- Use social media to stand with people who are facing reprisals for defending human rights At work, in school, around the dinner table, help someone whose voice is rarely heard to share their views.
- Engage in the work of the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill.