11.12.2017 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

Celebrating Human Rights Day in Indonesia

People gathered in Kota Tua (the historic city centre), Jakarta, Indonesia, for Human Rights Day celebration

10 December 2017. “We are all born free and equal in dignity and rights, and we need to stand up for our rights and those of others every day!” – is the message delivered by UNESCO during the celebrations of Human Rights Day in the historic district of Kota Tua, Jakarta, Indonesia.

Indonesia’s national human rights institution – Komnas HAM – has organized a series of events across the country dedicated to the Human Rights Day, including movie screenings, poetry reading, talk shows, art exhibitions, and music concerts. UNESCO has partnered with Komnas HAM for some of these events.

Human Rights Day – 10th of December – marks the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the UN General Assembly in 1948. The Declaration is a milestone document that proclaimed the inalienable rights for all – regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.

In December 1948, UNESCO was the first United Nations agency to place the Universal Declaration at the heart of all its action, to promote it across the world through education and the media. Today, UNESCO continues to lead the global and national efforts to promote, to reinforce, and to realize human rights. In Indonesia, UNESCO chairs the UN Human Rights Working Group, and works closely with the national stakeholders, such as Komnas HAM, the Indonesian National Commission for UNESCO, the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, and the Ministry of Development Planning, to help translate the universal human rights principles into policy and action.

Please click here for the Message from Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, for the Human Rights Day 2017.

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