World Commemorates Human Rights Day

Did you know that that every 10th of December is set aside to celebrate the Human Rights Day?
Since the proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, “human rights have been one of the three pillars of the United Nations, along with peace and development,” said Secretary-General António Guterres in his message for Human Rights Day, annually observed on 10 December.
As “one of the world’s most profound and far-reaching international agreements,” the Universal Declaration proclaimed the inalienable rights of every human being regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. It is the most translated document in the world, available in more than 500 languages.
Mr. Guterres noted that while human rights abuses did not end when the Universal Declaration was adopted, the instrument has helped countless people to gain greater freedom and security, and has also helped to prevent violations, obtain justice for wrongs, and strengthen national and international human rights laws and safeguards.
For his part, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said that thanks to the Universal Declaration, the daily life of millions has been improved, untold human suffering has been prevented and the foundations for a more just world have been laid.

Human rights in Africa
Next year the world will be celebrating 70th anniversary of the Human Rights Day. Let us take a look at Africa and Human rights. According to Gerald Acho, many Africans lost their lives in the struggle for independence, and today many civil society leaders and Human Rights activists are trying to make Human Rights a reality for the Africans.
The military in Africa was designed by the colonial masters to serve and protect their interests and even after independence the military serves and protect the interests of whoever is in power with little regards for the civilian population making violation easy. Militarism has remained the highest cause of human rights violation in Africa. Militarism which in this case represents a negative factor needs to be addressed and avoided by all means since we have seen the crimes against humanity perpetrated in South Sudan, Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, DRC, and recently Cameroon.
READ MORE ON the effects of militarization in Cameroon.


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