International Human Rights Day 2016

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Human Rights Day 2016 “Stand up for someone’s rights today!”

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of christmas-carol-merry-christmas-xmas-christmas-smiley-emoticon-000562-largeHuman Rights. In 1950, the Assembly passed resolution 423 (V), inviting all States and interested organizations to observe 10 December of each year as Human Rights Day.

This year, Human Rights Day calls on everyone to stand up for someone’s rights! Many of us are fearful about the way the world is smilie-and-chuckie-santasheading. Disrespect for basic human rights continues to be wide-spread in all parts of the globe. Extremist movements subject people to horrific violence. Messages of intolerance and hatred prey on our fears. Humane values are under attack.

We must reaffirm our common humanity. Wherever we are, we can make a real difference. In the street, in school, at work, in public transport; in the voting booth, on social media.

The time for this is now. “We the peoples” can take a stand for rights. And together, we can take a stand for more humanity.

It starts with each of us. Step forward and defend the rights of a refugee or migrant, a person with disabilities, an LGBT person, a woman, a child, indigenous peoples, a minority group, or anyone else at risk of discrimination or violence.

“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.”

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Driving force behind the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Eleanor Roosevelt Speech on Human Rights

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Join us and “Stand up for someone’s rights today.” We want to encourage, support and 2343126_125amplify what you do in your everyday life to defend human rights. Together, let’s take action for greater freedoms, stronger respect and more compassion. Many of us are fearful about the way the world is heading. Messages of intolerance and hatred prey on our fears. But we can change the course by reaffirming our common humanity and taking action to support everyone’s human rights.

Video: It starts with you

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein explains why standing up for someone’s rights helps to provide safety, security and reaffirm humanity in the world.

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Human Rights Day is celebrated by the global human rights community and the whole United Nations family. Activities are planned across the world to commemorate the signature of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Read more.

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Learn more about Human Rights Day 2016

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🇿🇦 The Kofi Annan Foundation

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Kofi Annan: The world I’m working to create

4850102711877632The Chair and founder of the Kofi Annan Foundation shares his vision for a fairer, more peaceful world. We have, for too long, been consuming the resources of the world as if there were no tomorrow. We need to create a world that is equitable, stable, and where the needs of the individual are at the centre of our efforts.

Our mission

The Kofi Annan Foundation mobilises political will to overcome threats to peace, development and albert-einstein-albert-einstein-genius-smiley-emoticon-000718-facebookhuman rights. In most cases the expertise and evidence needed to solve pressing problems such as poverty, armed conflict and poor governance already exist. What holds us back is lack of leadership or political will to identify and deliver solutions. The Foundation mobilises those who are in a position to influence and bring leadership to the world’s most pressing problems.

How the Kofi Annan Foundation works

  1. smilie-teacher2Private diplomacyThe Foundation provides counsel and participates in diplomatic initiatives to avert or resolve crises.
  2. Public advocacy ~ Through targeted public interventions, the Foundation helps shape public discussion of global issues and threats.
  3. Convening power ~ The Foundation brings together leaders in diplomacy, business, politics and civil society to jointly tackle threats and crises.
  4. Mediation & Crisis resolution ~ The Foundation provides its good offices, mediates, or intervenes in crises when it can make a difference.

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The three pillars of a fairer, more peaceful world

  1. smily-widePeace and security ~ There can be no long term peace without development.
  2. Sustainable development ~ There can be no long-term development without security.
  3. Human rights and the rule of law ~ No society can long remain prosperous without respect for human rights and the rule of law.

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Kofi Annan – Biography

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Kofi Annan, the founding chair of the Kofi Annan Foundation, is a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and was the Secretary-General of the United Nations between 1997 and 2006. With the Foundation, Kofi Annan seeks to mobilise political will to overcome threats to peace, development and human rights.

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Wrecked Lives, Corporate Losses and Sluggish Growth: the Real Cost of Discrimination

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Discrimination against lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex people doesn’t just hurt people; it hurts corporate profits and costs countries tens of billions of dollars in lost economic output. That’s the message of a new United Nations video, “The Price of Exclusion”, narrated by the actor Zachary Quintosc_xN-space1 and launched at UN Headquarters in New York today as part of a global campaign against homophobia and transphobia.

Free-and-EqualIn recent years, the United Nations has documented serious human rights violations against lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex people in countries around the world. In a report presented to the Human Rights Council earlier this year, UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein pointed to evidence of “pervasive, violent abuse, harassment and discrimination affecting LGBT and intersex persons in all regions.”

peace-gayStigma and abuse begin early – often in school wreathplaygrounds. According to studies carried out in the United States, the United Kingdom and Thailand, between half and two thirds of LGBT students are regularly bullied at school and up to a third skip school to escape harassment.

Bullying, isolation and family rejection drive many LGBT youth to abandon their education altogether, with many ending up homeless on the streets. Up to 40 per cent of homeless youth on the streets of major U.S. cities identify as LGBT or queer, compared with likely less than 10 per cent of the overall youth population.

Peace-Hand-Peace-Sign-Pink-Triangle-Gay-Pride-Flag-ColorsIn study after study, rates of poverty, food insecurity and depression have been found to be far higher in the LGBT community than in the public at large.santa A U.S. study found gay and lesbian youth are four times more likely to contemplate or attempt suicide, compared with the general population – trans youth are ten times more likely.

Those most directly affected are of course the victims themselves – the individuals being discriminated against. gayheartBut it’s not only LGBT people who pay the price; we all do. Every trans youth thrown out of home or forced to miss out on an education is a loss for society. Every gay or lesbian worker denied work or driven to emigrate is a lost opportunity to build a more productive economy.

These losses quickly add up. School drop-outs and talent flight shrink the size of a country’s labour market, lowering economic output, putting pressure on corporate profits, and reducing tax flows – leaving less money for schools, healthcare and other essential services.

According to a pilot study conducted for the World Bank last year, discrimination against santaLGBT people in India could be costing that country’s economy up to $32 billion a year in lost economic output. No wonder UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recently called ending discrimination against members of the LGBT community “a human rights priority and a development imperative.”

The economic damage caused by discrimination is substantial – and entirely unnecessary. With different laws and policies in place – and, imagesimportantly, a different mind-set – we could and would achieve a different result. The UN is working with governments and, in a new initiative, with companies to bring about change.

In recent years, businesses large and small have taken steps to make the work environment safersanta and more inclusive for their LGBT employees. Many have changed the way they do business with a view to better serving LGBT customers and, in some cases, extracting anti-discrimination commitments from suppliers up and down their supply chains.

waving_crossed_gay_pride_flagsFor the most part, companies are taking action because they believe it’s the right thing to do. But they are also acting in their own interests – and those of their shareholders, customers and the wider community.

clipart-pretty-sexy-lady-smiley-emoticon-371bWatch the UN’s new video to learn more about the business case for inclusion, and visit www.unfe.org for more information on Free & Equal – the UN’s global campaign to end discrimination against LGBT and intersex people everywhere.


Article Posted: Dec 10,2015 ~ Charles Radcliffe Chief, Global Issues, U.N. Human Rights Office, New York


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Rights Activists Honored

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40bf5e4b21b3a2f75edc33f163d2b649Alison Des Forges Award Honorees From Uganda, Syria, Malaysia, Azerbaijan

2015 Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism Honorees. Top: Khadija Ismayilova (Azerbaijan), Yara Bader (Syria), Father Bernard Kinvi (CAR). Bottom: Nicholas Opiyo (Uganda), Nisha Ayub (Malaysia), Dr. M.R. Rajagopal (India) © Jahangir Yusif, Francesca Leonardi (Internazionale), 2014 Human Rights Watch, 2015 Rebecca Vassie, 2015 Nisha Ayub, Paramount Color Lab, Ulloor, Trivandrum
2015 Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism Honorees. Top: Khadija Ismayilova (Azerbaijan), Yara Bader (Syria), Father Bernard Kinvi (CAR). Bottom: Nicholas Opiyo (Uganda), Nisha Ayub (Malaysia), Dr. M.R. Rajagopal (India) © Jahangir Yusif, Francesca Leonardi (Internazionale), 2014 Human Rights Watch, 2015 Rebecca Vassie, 2015 Nisha Ayub, Paramount Color Lab, Ulloor, Trivandrum

“To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.” —Nelson Mandela—

(New York) – Four courageous and tireless advocates for human rights are the 2015 recipients of the prestigious Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism, Human Rights Watch said today.

The winners, leading voices for justice in their countries, are Nisha Ayub, a leading human rights defender on transgender rights in Malaysia; Yara Bader, a journalist and human rights activist who works to expose the detention and torture of journalists in war-torn Syria; Khadija Ismayilova, a prominent investigative journalist who has dedicated her life to fighting for human rights in the former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan; and Nicholas Opiyo, a leading human rights lawyer and founder of the human rights organization Chapter Four Uganda, who has worked tirelessly to defend civil liberties in Uganda. Ismayilova is currently behind bars and on trial on bogus tax and other charges brought in retribution for her reporting.

“The Alison Des Forges Award honors people who work courageously and selflessly to defend human rights, often in dangerous situations and at great personal sacrifice,” said Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch. “The honorees have dedicated their lives to defending the world’s most oppressed and vulnerable people.”

The award is named for Dr. Alison Des Forges, senior adviser at Human Rights Watch for almost two decades, who died in a plane crash in New York State on February 12, 2009. Des Forges was the world’s leading expert on Rwanda, the 1994 genocide, and its aftermath. The Human Rights Watch annual award honors her outstanding commitment to, and defense of, human rights. It celebrates the valor of people who put their lives on the line to create a world free from abuse, discrimination, and oppression.

The four 2015 honorees and two 2014 recipients of the award, Father Bernard Kinvi from the Central African Republic and Dr. M.R. Rajagopal from India, will be honored at the Voices for Justice Human Rights Watch Annual Dinners held in more than 20 cities worldwide in November 2015 and March-April 2016.

Ayub will be honored in Amsterdam; Bader in London and Paris; Ismayilova in Munich and Geneva; and Opiyo in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. Father Kinvi will tour North America and will be honored at dinners in New York, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and Toronto. Dr. Rajagopal will be honored in Hanover.

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UN Releases New Report on LGBTI Rights

JUNE 2015 – ‪#‎PRIDE MONTH

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Just in time for ‪#‎Pride‬ month, United Nations Human Rights Office released report on graphics-smilies-369234discrimination based on sexual orientation. – Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

UNF-free-equalJust in time for Pride month, the United Nations Human Rights Office yesterday released a much-anticipated report on discrimination and violence against individuals based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Mandated by UN Human Rights Council, the UN’s top human rights organ, the report notes significant global advancement in protecting the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) persons since the UN’s first groundbreaking report on LGBTI violence and discrimination in 2011. Developed with inputs from across the UN human rights system, UN member states, and grassroots advocates, the report provides an update on the international LGBTI human rights landscape as well as lays out best practices “to overcome [LGBTI] violence and discrimination.”

6581111d1ad676dd8aa128c26a2d1578Positive developments in global LGBTI rights range from strengthening anti-discrimination laws to repealing criminal penalties for consensual same-sex relationships to expanded legal recognition for same-sex relationships. Among other examples of progress in the report, new “specialized hate crime prosecution units” in Brazil, Honduras, Mexico, and Spain, as well as a new national task force on LGBT-violence in South Africa are spotlighted.
On the other hand, the report notes much of this momentum is “overshadowed by continuing, serious, and widespread human rights violations perpetrated too often with impunity, against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity.” It also highlights that “hate-motivated killings of LGBT individuals have been documented in all regions.”
Accordingly, the report offers 20 specific recommendation targeted to UN member states to address LGBTI violence and discrimination,

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  • Repeal laws that criminalize consensual same-sex relationships and restrict LGBTI people’s right to freedom of expression;
  • Enact hate crime laws covering sexual orientation and gender identity;
  • Allow access to legal documents that take into account a person’s self-identified gender;
  • End so-called “conversion therapy,” targeted to LGBTI persons, and other abusive treatments; and Legally recognize same-sex relationships.

401891_10151390237591890_2040671388_nFinally, the report recommends that the UN Human Rights Council be “regularly informed” of patterns related to LGBTI violence and discrimination. This echoes the call of many human rights experts who have called on the Council to establish a new regularized reporting mandate on LGBTI human rights issues. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has also declared, “We need to document [homophobic violence and discrimination] and share information with States on a regular basis for discussion and action”
The report marks the latest in UN leadership to advance LGBTI human rights, including the recent release of the UN Free and Equal Campaign’s viral Faces video, marking the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.


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This Christmas, help us defend freedom

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On Human Rights Day, homosexual activists converged on UN headquarters to make the case that “LGBT rights are human rights.” But only a few countries within the United Nations agree
On Human Rights Day, homosexual activists converged on UN headquarters to make the case that “LGBT rights are human rights.” But only a few countries within the United Nations agree

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International Day to End Violence against Women.

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#Orangeurhood Today, 25 November, is the International Day to End Violence against women and girls. To mark the day, UN Women encourages you to “orange your neighbourhood” and raise awareness about the #16days of Activism against Gender Violence which follow (ending on 10 December “Human Rights Day”

Violence against women and girls is a global pandemic that destroys lives, fractures communities and holds back development, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said as the world body today marked the International Day to End Violence against Women.
“But violence against women and girls does not emerge from nowhere. It is simply the most extreme example of the political, financial, social and economic oppression of women and girls worldwide,” Mr. Ban said at an Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) event at Headquarters.
Joining Mr. Ban at today’s panel discussion were UN Women Executive-Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka; First Lady of New York, Chirlane McCray, and actor Teri Hatcher, among others.
This year’s theme of Orange Your Neighborhood promises grassroots action to raise orange-smilieawareness in local communities. For example, the UN Secretariat building and the Empire State Building were lit orange last night, and many wore orange today to show support and solidarity in ending the scourge that affects one in three women worldwide.
Violence against women is not confined to just one region, political system, culture or social class, Mr. Ban explained today. It is present at every level of every society in the world. It happens in peacetime and becomes worse during conflict.god_said_no_12
This year alone, we have seen the kidnapping of more than 200 girls in Nigeria; the Indian schoolgirls who were raped, killed and hung from a tree; graphic testimony from Iraqi women of rape and sexual slavery during war; the continued bullying of women on the internet. Governments, workplaces, universities and sports authorities are stepping up much-needed action to end sexual violence. More than 80 per cent of governments have passed laws on domestic violence and sexual harassment.
However, their implementation is often slow and uneven. And fragile gains continue to be threatened by extremism and a backlash against women’s rights.
“It is up to everyone to play their part; women’s rights are not only women’s business. Men and boys are finally taking their place as partners in this battle. The HeForShe campaign I launched two months ago brings together one half of humanity in support of the other,” Mr. Ban said.
Echoing that, UN-Women’s Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka explained that this Day is an opportunity to “shine an orange light” on violence against women that takes place at home, in schools, nations, cities, and villages.

5204908401754112She urged for support to confront that “horror” and “extinguish it.”
“This is an important moment as the world is getting ready to gear up to the post-2015 plan of action,” Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka said, highlighting that the issue of fighting violence against women will be high on the future global development agenda.
“No culture, no nation, no woman – old or young – is immune to this human rights violation,” she added.
“And these women are determined to reclaim their lives,” she said, urging that “there is no time for complacency or excuses, the time to act is now.”
“We need young people, members of Parliament and political parties, religious and traditional leaders as well aswave5 men and boys to play their roles,” the UN-Women chief explained. “We know what works now. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) initiative, along with other studies, has generated quite some data and best practices that demonstrate that the importance of protecting women and girls and providing services to those who fall victim to these horrendous crimes.”
“We are in a unique position in history and a lot of will among the people of the world to forge ahead and conquer violence against women,” she said.
Recalling meeting women who have been victims of violence, Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka said that she “forever will be haunted by their suffering” but also inspired by their courage.

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Searching for Suicide Methods

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Suicide-Methods1-642x336Youth suicide rates are sadly out of control. Research from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) says among young people, suicide is third leading cause of their death. About 4,600 young people, between the ages of ten to twenty-four, die from suicide each year.

Death is not the only result from a suicide attempt, because more people survive than die. Around 147,000 youth end up in hospital emergency rooms each year with a self-inflicted injury. Some survivors have permanent damage from the suicide attempt, such as having a brain injury or paralysis. Those who survive have a higher risk of attempting suicide again.

Suicide methods statistics say forty-five percent use guns, forty percent use hanging or suffocating, and eight percent use drug overdoses or poison.

The CDC reports many young people are thinking about suicide. A survey across America found sixteen percent of high school students had seriously contemplated suicide, thirteen percent had made a plan, and eight percent attempted suicide.

Suicide affects all youth. Males die from suicide more frequently than females, but females make more attempts. Deaths from suicides, for ten to twenty-four year-olds, were eighty-one percent boys and nineteen percent girls. Native American youth have the highest suicide rates. Hispanic youth report more suicide attempts than blacks or Caucasians. Suicide is especially impactful for those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered (LGBT). Bullying is a major cause of youth suicide, when those under attack see no other way out. Many adults question why don’t these depressed youth seek help or reach out. Often they do reach out, but others ignore calls for help or do not take them seriously. In the case of bullying, often a call for help has no effect whatsoever on the daily torments these youth are facing.


The Search for Suicide Methods for Teens and Youth Today, Shocking!


There are certain risk factors, which may influence whether a young person attempts suicide. Just because the risk factors exist, does not mean they will attempt suicide. Nevertheless, these are the warning signs as published by the CDC:

  • A previous attempt of suicide
  • Suicide of another family member
  • Mental health problems and depression
  • Using drugs or alcohol
  • A life event, which is extremely stressful
  • A major loss
  • Easy access to firearms or other suicide methods
  • Other youth’s suicidal behavior (copy-cat syndrome)
  • Going to jail

If any of these risk factors are present, there are things to do to help a suicidal young person.


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Uprising of “RIGHTS”

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On Monday, September 15th, as the world converged upon New York City for the United Nations General Assembly and the Clinton Global Initiative, Executive Producers Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Pippin) and Bruce Cohen (American Beauty, Milk, Silver Linings Playbook) presented


Uprising of Love: A Benefit Concert for Global Equality at Broadway’s Gershwin Theatre (222 West 51st Street).


Featuring performances by 16-time Grammy Award-winner Sting and two-time Tony Award and two-time Grammy Award-winner Patti LuPone, and in strategic partnership with the United Nations Foundation, this event strives to support the efforts of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the UN’s Free & Equal campaign in calling for equal rights globally for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex individuals, and to raise significant funding for grassroots organizations and activists working toward that goal around the world.


The net proceeds of this event will go directly to Fueling the Frontlines, a three-year, $20 million campaign for global LGBTI rights led by the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice. Astraea is the only philanthropic organization in the United States solely dedicated to advancing LGBTI rights globally.


In a special video message recorded for the benefit concert “Uprising of Love” held in New York City on 15 September 2014, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon talks about the global fight for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people. In his statement of support, he highlights the role of the UN Free & Equal campaign in opening people’s hearts as part of the UN’s push to change the world. For more information about the concert, please visit the Uprising of Love website: http://www.uprisingoflove.org/benefitconcert/




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