The UN Declaration of Human Rights, a document drafted in 1948 by the UN General assembly in Paris, marked a historic moment by delineating fundamental human rights intended for universal protection. This milestone outlines the fundamental rights that everyone is entitled to as a human being – regardless of race, color, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status, as outlined in the second article of the document.
December 10th, the date of its initial proclamation, is universally recognized, and its declaration serves as a world-wide plan for liberty and equal rights. This year, the UN Declaration of Human Rights Day holds even more significance. “The people of Gaza are looking into the abyss. The international community must do everything possible to end their ordeal. I urge the council to spare no effort to push for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire for the protection of civilians and for the urgent delivery of life-saving aid,”said United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
The last 50 days, Gaza has experienced incessant attacks by the Israeli Forces with non-stop firing, resulting in a devastating toll of over 20,000 lives lost, more than 20,000 wounded, and the displacement of over 1.1 Million Palestinians. Hospitals, schools, Mosques, Churches, and homes are among those targeted facilities, leaving Palestinians deprived of safety, food, water, and healthcare. The atrocities taking place in Palestine now, and for the last 75 years, constitute a blatant violation of these very human rights the UDHR aimed to set forth.
One cannot advocate for the rights of one without advocating for the rights of others. In light of these grave circumstances, the Council urges you to leverage the occasion of the UN Declaration of Human Rights Day to advocate for an immediate ceasefire and end Israeli apartheid. Use your voice and contact local elected officials. Find them here: theMuslimVoice.us.