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UNESCO joins the celebration of 70th Anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Timor-Leste

UNESCO, in Timor-Leste, joined the Commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights and “Sérgio Vieira de Mello” Human Rights Award, organized by the Office of the President of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, Provedoria for Human Rights and Justice, and the partners.

10 December, known as the Human Rights Day, commemorates the proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which sets out the fundamental human rights to be universally protected. This year marks its 70th Anniversary, since the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed it on 10 December 1948.

The event was held at the Presidential Palace, involving the parliament, government, diplomatic corps, NGOs, as well as the “Sérgio Vieira de Mello” Human Rights Award recipients. This award, initiated by the former President of the Republic and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Mr. José Ramos-Horta, was given to three citizens and three organizations, by the President of the Republic, H.E. Mr. Francisco Guterres Lú-Olo.

The event was accompanied by booth exhibitions, demonstrating positive stories of human rights in thematic areas, where UNESCO took part in ‘education’ and ‘environment’ booths, together with the sister UN Agencies.