‘International Human Rights Day’; To Be Observed as a Working Holiday

MONROVIA-His Excellency Dr. George Manneh Weah, President of the Republic of Liberia, has by Proclamation declared Friday, December 10, 2021 as “International Human Rights Day” to be observed throughout the Republic as a Working Holiday.

According to a Foreign Ministry release, the Liberian leader has called upon all citizens and foreign residents, national and international organizations and all Government agencies concerned to join the Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INHCR) to execute appropriate programs befitting the observance of the Day, in keeping with the prescribed COVID-19 health protocols.

This year’s celebration marks the 73rd commemoration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) which will be celebrated globally under the International Theme: “EQUALITY-Reducing Inequalities, Advancing Human Rights” and the National Theme: “EQUALITY-Reducing Inequalities, Advancing Human Rights in Liberia”.  

The Proclamation stated that this year’s celebration will take place at the Monrovia City Hall, Montserrado County, commencing at 10: o’clock ante meridian.

The Republic of Liberia is signatory to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and is a founding member of the United Nations, the Foreign Ministry release added.

In 1948, December 10, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights mandating State parties to promote, protect and respect Human and People’s Rights.

According to the Proclamation, the declaration and the existence of this Human Rights standard and the guarantee of the promotion, protection and respect for human rights by state parties form the basis for the commemoration of the International Human Rights Day of each year.

“The annual celebration of the International Human Rights Day and the closure of the Sixteen Day of Activism is an opportunity to recommit to the solemn undertaking by World Leaders and the Africa people to promote and safeguard fundamental human rights regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, status, creed, and sex”, the Proclamation stressed.

The Proclamation further stated that the commemoration at seventy (73rd) shows the continuously awaken greater awareness of the African people and the international community about the value of life and humanity and to renew our continent’s collective commitment to protection, respect and uphold the fundamental human rights.

The Day is symbolic as it expresses the gratitude of partnership and continuous collaboration aimed at strengthening the cooperation between the United Nations Office of High Commissioner on Human Rights, the Secretariat of the Network of African National Human Rights Institutions (NANHRIs) and the Independent National Commission on Human Rights as well as the Liberian People.

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