09.12.2014 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

What do you think about the articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?

On the occasion of the Human Rights Day, 10 December, UNESCO in Brazil launches the Sharing Human Rights campaign on Facebook, from 09 to 14 December.

The objective of this campaign is to mainstream the content of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to a broad audience, besides motivating our followers to participate in implementation of Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Portuguese.  Since its adoption, in 1948, the Declaration was translated into more than 360 languages and has inspired constitutions of many States and recent democracies. 

UNESCO in Brazil has developed a Facebook application for this campaign that allows internet users to choose which of the articles of the Declaration that they like most and to express their opinion and feelings towards the chosen article. The participation is open for all.

“To share the idea of the human rights creating conditions for its implementation is, in my opinion, the best way to celebrate the Human Rights Day. Even more so when we give voice to people to manifest about the articles of the Declaration, enabling them to give a meaning to their individual feeling,” explains the Deputy Director and Lead Programme of UNESCO in Brazil, Marlova Jovchelovitch Noleto.

The Declaration gathers 30 articles that synthesize some of the fundamental human rights, such as economic, social and cultural rights. The human rights are universal, inalienable, independent, and undivided. This means that all human beings everywhere in the world have the right to life, to decent work, and to education. These rights, as well as the others included in the Declaration, should be enjoyed to its fullest.  The guarantee or the improvements of one right makes the others to advance. On the other hand, the deprivation or the violation of a right affects the whole set of human rights.

The campaign also reminds people that the implementation of the Universal Declaration is a collective responsibility, meaning that it is also an individual responsibility that should not fall only on governments or institutions.

With the options offered in the application, the people can present their opinion about the articles. They can also make a more detailed reflection about the articles that mostly call their attention.

The articles that received more comments during the campaign will be published at the UNESCO na Rede Facebook page on the week after the end of the campaign.

Media Contact:
UNESCO in Brazil – Ana Lúcia Guimarães (061) 2106 3536, a.guimaraes(at)unesco.org

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