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World HR Day today

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Staff Reporter The World Human Rights Day will be observed in the country today as elsewhere across the world. The UN General Assembly proclaimed December 10 as Human Rights Day in 1950 with a view to bringing to the attention 'of the peoples of the world' the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations. The theme of this year’s day is: ‘Human Rights 365’ that encompasses the idea that every day is Human Rights Day. Various organizations have chalked out elaborate programs, including discussions, rallies and human chains, to mark the day. Human Rights International-Bangladesh will form a human in front of the National Press Club in the capital at 10am. Meanwhile, President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon have issued separate messages on the occasion. In his message, the President said the significance of the day will motivate all to establish human rights all days of the year. He also hoped that different agencies, organizations and individuals will play an important role in protecting human rights alongside the government. The Prime Minister, in her message, reiterated Bangladesh’s unequivocal commitment to uphold human rights and fundamental freedoms of all, as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. “Drawing inspiration from Bangladesh's Constitutional obligations, our government continues to work towards upholding the fundamental rights and freedoms of our citizens, especially women and children, religious and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and people living in extreme poverty. During the last six years, we’ve relentlessly strived to realize their human rights and social progress in larger freedoms,” Hasina said. The Prime Minister also said her government has undertaken broad-based legal and institutional reforms for ensuring human rights. Meanwhile, the UN Secretary-General called on states to honour their obligation to protect human rights every day of the year. Calling upon the people to hold their governments to account, Ban Ki-moon said, “Let us respond to the cries of the exploited, and uphold the right to human dignity for all.” He also called for special protections for the human rights defenders who courageously serve the collective cause.