Available in more than 500 languages and shared around the world, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations on December 10, 1948, is possibly the single most important document to the humanitarian cause. It proclaims that all human beings have inalienable rights from the moment they are born – regardless of race, color, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth, or other status.
We at St. Francis College International together with the Amnesty International Chapter at SFC are proud to take a stand for human rights and join in the celebration of this significant 72nd Anniversary day of the Declaration and invite you to take a stand and celebrate alongside us.
This year, Human Rights Day will focus on the effects of the COVID-19 global pandemic and the urgent need for human rights to play a major part in the response and recovery efforts. The U.N. official theme of the year is "Recover Better – Stand Up for Human Rights" with the goal of building solidarity so that we can move forward in such a way that raises the standard and takes steps to eradicate entrenched, systematic, and intergenerational inequalities, exclusion, and discrimination.
Human Rights Day is not only a commemoration of our common declaration – it is also an opportunity for us all as a Franciscan community to come together to dedicate ourselves to build a world that is ready for a more interconnected, socially conscious, and transformative global community.