Statement of the Commission on Human Rights on the celebration of International Human Rights Day and the 75th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Statement of the Commission on Human Rights on the celebration of International Human Rights Day and the 75th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Today, we put primacy into championing human rights the same way it was championed 75 years ago when the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris. In light of its historical significance to all individuals across the globe, the Commission on Human Rights is enthusiastic in joining the international community in celebrating both the International Human Rights Day and the 75th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights this 10 December 2023.

The Declaration serves as the foundation of the human rights framework in our society, where each of us has the right to live and thrive in dignity and peace – free from discrimination and abuse. What was once a concept alien to the majority’s psyche, UDHR served as part of the fundamental step towards promoting and localizing the concept of inherent and inalienable human rights all over the world; once believed to be something that only a privilege few can enjoy, UDHR codified the concept of ‘rights’ as something that every human being possesses regardless of who they are and where they come from.

With this year’s theme Dignity, Freedom, Equality and Justice for All, we acknowledge the utmost significance of ensuring that every individual’s dignity and freedom are recognised and respected. We emphasise the vital role of working towards a future where opportunities are not concentrated on a few, but rather, a future where access and opportunities are inclusive and accessible to all.

The Commission, together with the Philippine government, civil society organizations, and various stakeholders continue to exert their utmost effort in complying with the international human rights standards to ensure that every person lives a life of dignity. It is essential to further our collective actions in battling against discrimination and inequality, especially towards the marginalised, abused, and victimised by the system.

As we celebrate these historic events, may we be reminded of our significant duties in championing human rights.

Dignidad, Kalayaan, at Hustisya tungo sa mas makataong lipunan!###