Today is Human Rights Day.
Observed every year on December 10th the UN adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.
By 1950, they invited all states and interested organisations to observe the day and establish the universal human rights of humanity, freedom, justice and peace.
Human rights are the basic rights and freedoms that belong to every person in the world. They protect you in your everyday life regardless of who you are, where you live and how you chose to live your life.
Today acts as a reminder to stand up for all human rights.
2016 has been an eventful year and many of us are scared of where the world is heading. As well as a growing disrespect for basic human rights across the world, there are on-going widespread events threatening them; the Syrian Civil War, Europe’s refugee crisis, ISIS, Brexit, The US Presidential Election, the threat of another cold war…the list goes on.
It’s a sad fact that messages of hatred and intolerance are on the rise, along with surge in hate crimes. For example, UK police reported a 41% rise in hate crimes reported after the Brexit result and the US saw a disturbing surge in hate crimes, documented on social media, after Donald Trump won the presidential election.
Our human values are under attack…and this must change.
As the Christmas season approaches, it is the perfect time to think about others and give something back, no matter how small.
At Illamasqua we speak out about issues that affect our human fundamentals. By challenging the messages of hate and defending the rights of a refugee or migrant, a person with disabilities, a member of the LGBTQ community, an elderly person, a minority group or anyone at risk of discrimination or violence, together we can stand up for human rights.
One way Illamasqua are helping give back this Christmas is by donating to food banks. We don’t think anyone should have to go hungry, especially at Christmas, but many people do. Food bank use is at a record high.
If you’d like to get involved and donate to a food bank, find how you can help here: trusselltrust.org/get-involved/ways-to-give