10
December
2020

Human Rights Day 2020: Recover Better - Stand Up for Human Rights

Today, the world celebrates Human Rights Day with the theme “Recover Better - Stand Up for Human Rights,” marking 72 years since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). This Declaration proclaims the inalienable rights to which everyone is entitled to as a human being - regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. 

Reflecting on the importance of Human Rights Day, Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, WMU President, stated: “As we celebrate this important day, we note that this year the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the lives of many, and as a result, has broadened the gap creating greater inequalities. We should all stand up for human rights. Seafarers’ rights are human rights! There are still over 400,000 seafarers awaiting to disembark from their ships. They should be enabled, after months at sea, to disembark and to return home to their loved ones, allowing new crews to join ships and to keep the global supply chain open. They are ‘Key Workers’, as designated by the International Maritime Organization. They should be allowed to transit and transfer through ports and airports while enabling new crews to join ships in order to keep global trade moving. Standing up for Human Rights is necessary for the world to recover.”

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