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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights turns 60

As the world celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) on 10 December, High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says the historic document offers hope for the future and urges continuous efforts to make the Declaration a reality to all.
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"Today, the principles laid down in the Universal Declaration are echoed in the Constitutions and laws of more than 90 countries. Dedicated international, regional and national mechanisms, including my Office and the Human Rights Council with its independent experts, have been established to monitor, promote, protect and further develop human rights," she says.

And yet, Pillay points out that there is no room for complacency. "For many people, the Universal Declaration remains an unfulfilled promise, as States' political will to fulfil their obligations lags lamentably behind their pledge.

"Despite all our efforts over the past 60 years, this anniversary will pass many people by, and it is essential that we keep up the momentum, thereby enabling more and more people to stand up and claim their rights," she says.

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