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75 years of Human Rights: Renewed commitment crucial

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10 December 2023 Tags: 75, Human Rights Day, SRHR, UDHR, Universal Declaration of Human Rights

This month commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), a groundbreaking document established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. It outlined, for the first time, the essential human rights that should be safeguarded universally. To celebrate the UDHR, leading human rights organisations urge States to reaffirm and recommit to the critical human rights framework: universality, interdependence, indivisibility, equality and dignity.

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Historic advancements and unprecedented assaults

We are witnessing both historic advancements and unprecedented assaults on SRHR around the world. As we mark 75 years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the global community must reaffirm rights protections and rebuff efforts by anti-rights actors to undo the tremendous progress made by feminist, women’s rights, LGBTQI+ rights, anti-racist, and others. 

The increased presence and mobilisation of anti-rights actors and organisations at the United Nations and in regional multilateral spaces, could bring a narrow and regressive lens to the human rights system.

That’s why it is so important to reiterate that sexual and reproductive health and rights are fundamental to the realisation of human rights.This is is essential for all people, but particularly women, girls, and members of the LGBTQI+ community.

Sexual and reproductive rights are fundamental to our rights to equality, life, health, education, work, and dignity–and therefore must be protected.

We call on States worldwide to uphold the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by implementing laws and policies that respect, protect, and fulfill the full range of human rights of all people, everywhere.
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