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10 December 2021

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NGOCHR PR: Activists demand respect and accountability on Human Rights Day 10/12/2021

NGOCHR PR: Activists demand respect and accountability on Human Rights Day

10/12/2021

 Human rights defenders and activists across different diversities congregated at My Suva Park today to mark the annual Human Rights Day organised by the NGO Coalition on Human Rights (NGOCHR).

Human Rights Day is observed around the world on 10th December and commemorates the anniversary of the day the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration on Human Rights (UDHR) in 1948 concluding the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.

In following guidelines for COVID-19, the NGOCHR decided to hold a picnic event with the theme for this year, You cannot silence Human Rights!

"Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. Today's event reminds us that as human rights defenders, we need to speak up against violations of human rights in any form. Silence plays a huge part in enabling an environment where perpetrators of violence are not held accountable and human rights violations continue to thrive."

The Coalition also demands state accountability to ensuring that the rights of all Fijians are protected at all times.

“You cannot silence human rights! We demand recognition of and respect for children's and women's rights, for LGBTIQ rights, workers’ rights and women's rights at work, for indigenous rights and for all minority rights," the Coalition said.

"We want a government that practices principles of equality and non-discrimination. We want officers of the law to stop victimising our citizens. We want our unions to be able to practice their freedom of association. We want a free media that is able to publish the truth without fear of intimidation."

The Coalition calls on the people of Fiji to speak out against gender-based violence and inequalities, racism, militarism, homophobia, transphobia, threats against the environment and all other human rights atrocities witnessed in our communities. 

“As we continue to heal and transition from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, tropical disasters and the effects of climate change, we need to have empathy and compassion for members of our communities that are vulnerable to these impacts. Let us learn to be courageous and speak up for the defenceless and the voiceless,” the Coalition said.

Ever year on Human Rights Day, the Coalition organises an event to mark the day and to highlight, celebrate and advocate for the protection of human rights in Fiji.

 ENDS

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