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1993-2013 : 20 Years working for your Rights

Today, December, 5, we celebrate the Human Rights Day 2013, as a conclusion of a year-long commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, that was established in 1993, after the World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna, to represent the world's commitment to universal ideals of human dignity.
The event, held in Palais des Nations in Geneva, highlighted that the promotion and protection of human rights is a matter of priority for the international community, recalling the key message of the Vienna Declaration: “all human rights derive from the dignity and worth inherent in the human person, and that the human person is the central subject of human rights and fundamental freedoms”.
The event featured a series of debates on a variety of human rights issues, including: protecting space for human rights defenders, bridging the equality gap, human rights and the free flow of information, building a vision for an effective human rights system.
In their opening remarks, the High Commissioner Ms. Navy Pillay and Mr. Henczel, President of the Human Rights Council, stressed the role of the human rights as roots of the human dignity. A strong voice is needed to denounce injustices, because the respect of all human rights without discriminations and exclusions is the conditio sine qua non for building a democratic society.
What the Human Rights mechanisms have done so far will enable people to face future challenges in the implementation of their rights.
Navy Pillay stated: “We have much to celebrate in terms of achievements, but still much to fight for. We can and we must do better”. Promoting and mobilizing is the key to build bridges, to tell about reality, to make all the people enjoying their rights.

No formal speeches today, no statements and no points of order. Today is the day of dialogue, celebration and awareness. We wish to the OHCHR, made up of officers, but more importantly of men and women, to continue in their mission. 

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