Human Rights Day: Address China’s Uyghur rights crisis, or risk normalising atrocities elsewhere
December 10, 2020 | Hong Kong Free Press | By Omer Kanat
On December 10th the world will observe the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 72 years ago, in 1948, the principles of the Declaration were laid out as the world sought to recover from the atrocities perpetrated during the Second World War. Its adoption marked the recognition that upholding the dignity and worth of every person was a fundamental part of a lasting recovery and creation of a better world.
The theme of this year’s observation of Human Rights Day is “Recover Better.” In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the UN states that ensuring human rights are central to recovery efforts is only possible “if we are able to create equal opportunities for all, address the failures exposed and exploited by Covid-19, and apply human rights standards to tackle entrenched, systematic, and intergenerational inequalities, exclusion and discrimination.”