Georgia Celebrates Human Rights Day 2017

Dec 8, 2017

Video address of Niels Scott, Head of the United Nations in Georgia, on Human Rights Day 2017

The European Union (EU) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched the human rights week to celebrate Human Rights Day 2017 and prepare the ground for a wider campaign in 2018 which will mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The campaign opened with the video addresses of Janos Herman, Ambassador of the European Union to Georgia, and Niels Scott, Head of the United Nations in Georgia.

“Human rights are at the heart of Georgia’s association with the European Union. We are convinced that the respect for and active defence of human rights will promote all other objectives of our cooperation. It is important for both Georgia and Europe,“ Janos Herman, Ambassador of the European Union to Georgia, said in his video address.

Niels Scott, Head of the United Nations in Georgia, stressed that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is as important and relevant today, as it was 70 years ago.

“The Universal Declaration of Human Rights says that every human being, regardless of their religion, nationality or gender, has the same rights. These rights – freedom of expression, access to justice, the right to life and fair trial – are as important today, as they were 70 years ago, when the Declaration was first put together,” he said.

The addresses of Janos Herman and Niels Scott were followed by the video spots from Georgia’s Goodwill Ambassadors for Sustainable Development Goals – Gela Charkviani, Irma Khetsuriani, Nino Sukhishvili – reading out the first three articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The celebration of the Human Rights Day 2017 continued with a series of events initiated by the European Union (EU) and UNDP in cooperation with the national partners, including the newly appointed Public Defender of Georgia, Nino Lomjaria.

The European Union and UNDP are assisting the protection of human rights in Georgia through the Euro 4 million EU-funded programme “Human Rights for All”, which supports and promotes the implementation and monitoring of the National Human Rights Strategy and Action Plan ‎2014-2020.

The list of the Human Rights Week event is enclosed below. The Human Rights Day addresses are available here.  

About Human Rights Day:

Human Rights Day, December 10, is observed worldwide every year to commemorate the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The 2017 slogan of Human Rights Day is Promote, Engage and Reflect”, built upon the stand-up call to action #standup4humanrights

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