Human Rights Day observed December 10 presents an opportunity, every year, to celebrate human rights, highlight a specific issue, and advocate for the full enjoyment of all human rights by everyone everywhere.
This year, the spotlight is on the rights of all people — women, youth, minorities, persons with disabilities, indigenous people, the poor and marginalized — to make their voices heard in public life and be included in political decision-making.
These human rights — the rights to freedom of opinion and expression, to peaceful assembly and association, and to take part in government (articles 19, 20 and 21 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights) have been at the centre of the historic changes in the Arab world over the past two years, in which millions have taken to the streets to demand change. In other parts of the world, the “99%” made their voices heard through the global Occupy movement protesting economic, political and social inequality.
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Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.
Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.
(1) Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law.
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.
Everyone has the right to freedom of movement
Everyone has the right to a nationality.
(1) Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.
(2) Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.
(3) The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.
(1) Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others.
(2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.
Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
(1) Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.
(2) No one may be compelled to belong to an association.
(1) Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.
(2) Everyone has the right of equal access to public service in his country.
(3) The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government;
Everyone has the right to education.
Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.
We must continue to speak out and on the religious impositions being thrown on us, yet other more public suffering by the least amongst us are ignored and hundreds of thousands are spent on ads to push their anti gay, anti abortion and theological stigmatization agendas yet the homeless, the indigent and the children in places of safety are overlooked and do not fall in the glare of those who say they want a healthy society.
Sexual rights by no means is an imposition of homosexuality as many would like to believe hence their continued attempts to create panic in the society equating homosexuality to paedophilia and other misnomers interpreted a facts. Their constant harping on fisting and felching makes one wonder if they have a hidden fantasy for a "hand?" when such practices are done by mostly certain MSM sub-groups in Europe and the United States for example the gay/bi leather and biker communities and hardly ever by African descented MSMs but ignorance is bliss for some, do not judge persons by their sexual practices we are more than that. In addition to other planned activities to supposedly "Working for a Jamaican society in which Judeo-Christian values nourish and enrich the social, spiritual, physical, emotional and mental health of all citizens." Nicely put for theocracy.
The inertia from the other human rights groups for the recognition of this day in Jamaica including LGBT ones is disturbing only to be left with the machinations of the religious right intent on depriving LGBT citizens of fundamental rights and freedoms with privacy at their core.
We must also speak out against atrocities and discrimination wherever it raises its head.
Mark the day by doing something public, either online or around you.
Peace and tolerance