Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Human Rights 365, count me in!

“I call on States to honour their obligation to protect human rights every day of the year. I call on people to hold their governments to account. ” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Sixty four years ago, December 10 was declared Human Rights Day by the United Nations General Assembly. It aimed “to bring to the attention ‘of the peoples of the world’ the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.”
This year’s slogan is “Human Rights 365” making the awareness of human rights a daily matter.

More often than not, when people talk of human rights, we see vocal expressions in defence of it in tri-media, in social media and even in what is known as parliament of the streets. Those expressions are helpful in bringing to light abuses and violations of human rights.

Not everyone is capable of even driven to mount such huge endeavors. Most people live simple and quiet lives, all wanting peace and contentment. But these are the people who uphold human rights in their own simple and quiet ways starting with themselves, their own families and the communities where they live.

I’d like to share this simple poem I’ve written ages ago. It talks of simply being alive and valuing life.

Count me in!

(This article originally appeared in Blog Watch of the Philippine Online Chronicles today, December 10, 2014. Please read the poem and the rest of the article in: Human Rights 365, count me in!)

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