Thursday, 10 December 2015


December 10 is Human Rights Day, a United Nations (UN) campaign that calls for people to know and push for their rights no matter where they are in the world.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was drafted between January 1947 and December 1948. It aimed to form a basis for human rights all over the world and represented a significant change of direction from events during World War II and the continuing colonialism that was rife in the world at the time. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is considered as the most translated document in modern history. It is available in more than 360 languages and new translations are still being added.
The UN General Assembly adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris, France, on the December 10, 1948. All states and interested organizations were invited to mark December 10 as Human Rights Day at a UN meeting on December 4, 1950. It was first observed on December 10 that year and has been observed each year on the same date. Each year Human Rights Day has a theme. Some of these themes have focused on people knowing their human rights or the importance of human rights education.

In Northern Ireland
Two campaign groups: The Pat Finucane Centre (PFC) and Justice for the Forgotten have jointly published :-

They said it is a “sign of the anger, frustration and bitter disappointment felt by over 150 bereaved families at the abject failure of the politicians and British Government to implement the legacy proposals set out in the Stormont House Agreement (SHA)”.

They added: “Families, whether Catholic or Protestant, from both communities, are angry and grieving.”

The groups said: “With goodwill, common sense and respect for international legal standards, the legitimate wish of families to the truth that they so earnestly desire, and deserve, can be achieved."


  1. When I first learnt of these atrocities and of how it was the country of my birth that had and were at that time committing them I Became Ashamed of My Country.
    I was raised in England where the theme behind all that I was taught to do and believe in was to play the game, be honourable, have pride in doing things properly hold your head up high and obey the law.

    I know that many of you who have read this blog can identify with my comment and may also feel embarrassed and ashamed ?

  2. We are more or less into the Season of Goodwill and with your help this terrible breach of misconduct can be put right.
    My parents and teachers taught me that it is never to late to say "I am sorry" and they were right, except it is better to say it sooner than later; would you agree with that ?

  3. I agree with you, someone who also grew up in the UK, I am ashamed...

    1. Thank you Val, it is a miserable state of affairs.....


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