CHIANG MAI: Advocating for a rights-based approach to combat the pandemic, the General Secretary of the Christian Conference of Asia, Dr Mathews George Chunakara, stated that the theme of Human Rights Day–2020, ‘Recover Better—Stand Up for Human Rights’ conveys the message of “the need for engagement with stakeholders and partners as well as the need to involve the people and communities at large to motivate them for transformative action.”
In a statement issued on the occasion of Human Rights Day–2020, the CCA General Secretary stated that the COVID-19 pandemic was not just a health emergency, it was a humanitarian crisis with socioeconomic and political dimensions.
The current time is “a critical opportunity to rectify the errors of the past and set right the inequalities and injustices in the form of multiple human rights violations which have deprived people of their capabilities and privileges in terms of self-determination, power, control over their resources, and a representative voice in decision-making processes,” he added.
Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December—the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in 1948. The UDHR is a milestone document that proclaims the inalienable rights which everyone is entitled to as a human being, regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Available in more than 500 languages, the UDHR is the most translated document in the world.
The full text of the CCA General Secretary’s Statement on Human Rights Day–2020 can be found below: