Human Rights Day is observed around the world on 10 December. To mark this occasion, Christoph Strässer, the Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid at the Federal Foreign Office, called for unflinching resolve to ensure that these rights are respected universally. The Federal Foreign Office and its missions abroad have launched the interactive social media campaign #U4HumanRights. Foreign Minister Steinmeier also took part.
Much remains to be done
Human rights are universal, which means that they apply at all times and around the world. We remember this fact on one day each year – on Human Rights Day on 10 December. It was on this day in 1948 that the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Sixty‑seven years later, this day is still considered a milestone. Much remains to be done today, however. The declaration was adopted not long after the Second World War, and against the backdrop of the shocking atrocities committed by the National Socialists. It is also for this reason that Germany has a special responsibility for protecting human rights around the world.
Human Rights Commissioner Strässer on universality
Christoph Strässer, Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid at the Federal Foreign Office, issued the following statement to mark Human Rights Day:
We must not be drawn into a discussion about where human rights can differ from region to region. By doing so we would not be demonstrating tolerance but, rather, playing into the hands of those who violate human rights. For they are the ones who are trying to relativise them. Victims of human rights violations, on the other hand, are especially keen to emphasise their universality.
Interactive worldwide human rights campaign
The Federal Foreign Office and its missions abroad have launched a social media campaign around the world to mark Human Rights Day. In the campaign, those taking part can write their statement on a flyer with the human rights logo and publish it around the world using the hashtag #U4HumanRights. Foreign Minister Steinmeier also took part in the campaign and called for participants to stand up for human rights for the entire year. You can download the flyer and get involved by clicking here: