UNESCO commemorates the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

This year’s International Human Rights Day, celebrated on 10 December, will mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. UNESCO and its partners are organizing events worldwide to promote the rights enshrined in the Declaration.

Article 19 of the Declaration stipulates:

Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

UNESCO promotes freedom of expression and freedom of the press through sensitization and monitoring activities. It also fosters media independence and pluralism as prerequisites and major factors of democratization by providing advisory services on media legislation and sensitizing governments, parliamentarians and other decision-makers.

The following activities focused on freedom of expression have been organized in the framework of the 60th anniversary of the Declaration:

  • World Press Freedom Committee 20th Annual Anderson-Ottaway Lecture on Global Communications Issues
    9 December 2008, New York, USA
  • Every Human Has Rights Media Awards UNESCO Day
    8 December 2002, Paris, France
  • International High Level Symposium on Freedom of Expression and Exhibition on Safety of Journalists
    29-30 October 2008, Paris, France
  • Workshops for Journalists: Bioethics, Human Rights and Mass Media
    7-10 October 2008, Yerevan, Armenia
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