December 10th is the International Human Rights Day, as it was decided in 1948 in order to honor the adoption and proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). It was the first global enunciation of human rights, which states:
“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood”. (Art.1 Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
The UDHR’s rights are depicted as “common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations”, with the aim of seeing basic need satisfied all over the world.
Nevertheless, human rights still are violated diffusely: everyday we can see families escaping from the war that has been perpetuated for years; migrants coming on European shores without finding real help from our communities; entire populations starving, and villages wiped out by typhoons, floods and tsunamis as a consequence of climate change.
That is why today we have the occasion to reflect on how to act in the human rights promotion, because everybody can make the difference. It is with this purpose that Kito Onlus works hard today, and will work harder tomorrow.