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Jakarta Post

Cherishing the champions of human rights

  • Navi Pillay

Jakarta   /   Fri, December 10 2010   /  10:31 am

On Dec. 10, Human Rights Day, we celebrate the brave human rights advocates, some famous, many unknown, who speak out against discrimination, exclusion and inequality.  These human rights defenders breathe life into the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which 62 years ago on this very day, reminded the international community of the “inherent dignity” and the “equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family.”  The Declaration set the foundation for a world free from fear, want and intolerance, where the powerful are accountable and the vulnerable are protected.  Respect for human rights of all is achievable if we act in solidarity with human rights advocates and make the fight against discrimination our own.  We must do so because discrimination is a die-hard scourge. Some of its most entrenched aspects are of particular concern, due to th...