Every year on December 10th, the world commemorates the International Human Rights Day. The National Commission for Human Rights together with different partners joined the rest of the world to celebrate the 73rd anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This year, the celebration took place under the United Nations theme ″EQUALITY: ‘‘Reducing inequalities, advancing human rights”. The commemoration of this Human Rights Day is focusing on how rights are the beginning of peace within societies, and a way to create a fairer society for future generations.
The Chairperson of the Commission, Mrs. MUKASINE Marie Claire said that “the principles of equality and non-discrimination are at the heart of human rights and under international human rights laws. States are expected to eliminate discrimination and practice on the grounds of race, colour, sex, age, language, religion, political or opinion, national or social origin….”
“Inequality undermines social justice and human rights and the interconnectedness of inequalities means some groups have consistently worse opportunities than those of their fellow citizens. Inequalities can also have a negative impact on almost all in society”, she added.
The commemoration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is an opportunity for the National Commission for Human Rights of Rwanda and its partners to look back and evaluate the realization of human rights for all in the country.
While celebrating the anniversary, the Commission has made significant contributions to mainstreaming a Human Rights centred approach in legislative framework and Government policy and programmes as well as creating human rights awareness and sensitization among public authorities, security organs, students, teachers, women, judges, civil society organizations, media. Through the years, the Commission has consistently done its utmost to monitor both, the protection of civil and political rights of the people as well as safeguard their economic, social and cultural rights.
All stakeholders are to pledge to re-dedicate themselves to achieving a just and equitable society through upholding the principles and ideals enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic of Rwanda and the Universal Declaration for the protection and promotion of human dignity and the inviolable rights of all citizens of Rwanda.