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Let’s mark Human Rights Day!

The EU Monitoring Mission (EUMM) marks the important Human Rights Day 2018, which is also the last of the Mission 16 Days of Activism campaign. Every year, the 10th of December reminds us of the day when in 1948 representatives of the newly created United Nations came together to agree on a ‘common standard of achievement’ for governments’ treatment of their own populations, in the wake of the horrors of WW II. The document they jointly composed – after many laborious weeks of drafting – was the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

This milestone of human achievement, prompted by universal indignation at the experiences of war, reminds us that by coming together and agreeing on principles of human dignity, we can overcome humankind’s darkest elements. Whether we are rich, poor, young, old, one race, religion, nationality, or another, we share in this common humanity. Not least, women such as Eleanor Roosevelt played a crucial role in the drafting of the Declaration, as women would and will continue to contribute to peace, development and human rights throughout the world. 

Women and girls are among the most vulnerable victims of violent conflict. Women and girls must be among the makers of peace, too. This is recognised in numerous United Nations Security Council Resolutions as well as in EU policy and practice and in many commitments undertaken by the Georgian government itself. We welcome these engagements and as a Mission, within the limits of our established mandate, seek to promote them.

See the link to the EU launched campaign to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights here.

Let us celebrate the human rights of all, indivisible, interdependent and inalienable on this very important day.

Speech by High Representative Vice-President Federica Mogherini at the European Parliament event for the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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