Friday 09-12-2016 - 16:55
Every year Human Rights Day is celebrated all over the world on 10 December. The day commemorates the adoption of the universal declaration of Human Rights in 1948 by the United National General Assembly. It’s also a day in which we can champion the human rights we have and still need to protect.
This year, I believe it is more important than ever that we stand up for our human rights. We know that in the UK and internationally there are rising rates of hate crime in in our communities and on our campuses and that there are increasing public and political messages that seek to divide us in hatred and fear. On top of that many of us remain fearful of what the future holds post-Brexit and what rights will be protected and which will not. I believe now is the time to stand up for human rights not undermine or weaken their importance.
But I’m worried that this is not what is on our government’s agenda. As far back as 2011 the government threatened to appeal the Human Rights Act - a piece of legislation that is so vital for ensuring those who experience prejudice and discrimination are protected and empowered to act. In its place, the government has proposed a ‘British Bill of Rights.’ NUS, along with many other human rights organizations, however, have campaigned against this as we believe that a British Bill of Rights will only seek to reduce our rights and the way in which they are embedded to hold institutions and those in power to account
We are asking you on 10 December to stand up for Human Rights and add your voice to the campaign to protect the Human Rights Act.
Together lets stand up for #humanrightsday. Together lets stand up for our Human Rights Act.