Today is global Human Rights Day, the 66th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. British Institute of Human Rights.
This falls at the mid-point of a week celebrating the protection of Human Rights in the UK and abroad, with positive messages flooding social media with hashtags #HumanRights #HumanRightsDay#Everyday #CloseToHome with the aim to promote the benefits of upholding human rights.
In recognition of this auspicious anniversary, we are doing some signing of our own! We are supporting the British Institute of Human Rights, an organisation of human rights experts who provide people with authoritative and accessible information about human rights as well as supporting policy makers and those working in public services and voluntary organisations to integrate human rights into what they do.
We are proud to join as signatories with the British Institute of Human Rights to their letter to the national press published today.
Slater and Gordon UK join with 162 other signatories including Action on Elder Abuse, Action on Hearing Loss, Amnesty International UK, British Medical Association, Disability Rights UK, INQUEST, Lesbian and Gay Foundation, Liberty, Mind, Scope, Women's Aid and many other important organisations.
The letter to the press notes:
“Today, as the world marks the 66th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights - that “Magna Carta for all humanity” – we call on those with power to reflect on the meaningful, often quiet, ways human rights make a difference for people in their everyday lives.
From ensuring protection for people receiving care services and victims of crimes to equality for same-sex couples, our Human Rights Act is helping to deliver the promise of the UDHR in Britain; the promise that each person’s equal dignity and worth is respected.
The legacy of Magna Carta – which has its 800th anniversary in June - is that the exercise of political power cannot be unrestrained: it must follow the law.
We hope that 2015 will be the year that those in power stand with us to respect human rights laws.”
The letter is a reminder that we should remain focused on the often quiet successes of the Human Rights Act in the UK and the subtle ways it makes a positive difference to all our lives closer to home.
Kim Harrison is National Practice Development Leader for Human Rights at Slater and Gordon Lawyers UK. For more information or legal assistance call freephone 0800 916 9046 or contact us online. Our contact centre is open 24 hours 365 days a year.
See related Press Release: We Need Human Rights.
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