The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Turkinaugurated a high-level meeting to commemorate 75 years of Universal Declaration of Human Rights to underline its enormous contribution and ensure that it contains the solution to the suffering experienced today in places like Gaza or Ukraine.
”Sometimes there has been a failure to maintain human rights, but the solution for this exists and was drafted in a time of horror, after the most monstrous mass murder the world has ever known in the form of Holocaust”, stressed the Austrian high commissioner at the beginning of two days of discussions in Geneva.
”It has proven its power and effectiveness for decades”he assured, defending that the text adopted on December 10, 1948 by the UN General Assembly has fueled liberation movements and the search for justice.
”It gave strength to exploited men and women who joined independence movements, overthrew oppressive empires and won freedom, ending segregation and apartheid”assured the UN human rights chief.
Türk acknowledged, however, that despite the progress there have been numerous failures in terms of human rights in these 75 years, “and we are currently experiencing many of them,” recalling the situations that exist in Palestine, Israel, Sudan, Ukraine, or Burma (Myanmar).
The high commissioner stressed that the 1948 declaration had important previous influences, and in this sense he cited the contribution of the Haitian revolution (the second country to become independent in America), the Enlightenment, African, Islamic, and Asian values, “or the insistence on the universality and indivisibility of many Latin American voices.”
”The drafters of the Universal Declaration (chaired by Eleanor Roosevelt) transcended geopolitical struggles and economic differences, putting aside many terrible disputes to achieve this text that illuminates the path to peace, justice and freedom,” Türk concluded.
The high-level event is held in the Human Rights Room of the UN European headquarters, with its famous dome decorated by the Balearic painter Miquel Barceló, which will soon be closed for remodeling.
The two days of dialogue on fundamental freedoms will include, among others, the vice president of Colombia, Francia Márquez; the presidents of Estonia, Greece, Poland and Senegal; as well as the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Spain (José Manuel Albares), Palestine (Riad al Maliki) or Mexico (Alicia Bárcena).
(with information from EFE)