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Human Rights Day

For the fourth consecutive year, The Geneva Human Rights Commission (GHRC) has organized a program that will feature animated readings of the Articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in observance of Human Rights Day. The candlelight vigil will be held on Saturday, December 10th at 5 p.m. on the steps of Geneva's City Hall and is expected to last 45 minutes. This event is being co-sponsored by the Office of Intercultural Affairs and the GHRC.

Human Rights Day serves to commemorate the 1948 signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations. This Declaration provides the foundation for international human rights law as well as homogenizes the human rights standards to which each nation is held. The hope is that Human Rights Day will increase awareness about human rights across the globe

“While Human Rights day is a time to celebrate our progress, it is also a time to rededicate ourselves to the struggles for equality that still lie ahead,” commented Karen Baer, Executive Director of the Geneva Human Rights Commission. “I am excited that the honoring of this day and what it stands for has now become a Geneva tradition.”