Human Rights Day - a celebration of equality in dignity and rights
Message from Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO on the occasion of Human Rights Day, 10 December 2013.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
This is Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1948.
As the first universal instrument recognizing the inherent dignity of every member of the human family, the Declaration embodied centuries of thinking – it marked also the start of concerted global efforts to realise human rights in all circumstances.
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