Raising our voices is essential to the creation of a future of peace, justice and sustainable development. And this has been a year of tremendous activism – notably by young people.
In every region, people are working for hope.
From the accelerating climate crisis to the fight against inequality and repressive institutions.
From the right to make informed decisions about our own bodies to the right to participate in defining policies for our countries.
I am inspired by the courage, clarity and principle of the women, men and young people who are rising up peacefully, to create greater freedom and justice.
Their voices are the living expression of human rights – a movement that is fundamentally about building dignity and equality for everyone.
Policy-makers everywhere need to listen to these calls. And in response, they need to shape more effective, more principled policies.
We have a right to live free from discrimination on any grounds. We have a right to access education, health-care, economic opportunities and a decent standard of living.
This is about our future, our livelihoods, our freedoms, our security and our environment.
We need to mobilise across the world–peacefully and powerfully – to advance a world of rights, dignity and choice for everyone.
With renewed determination, we all need to stand up for human rights.
(Message by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on the 2019 International Human Rights Day)