On this day, 69 years ago, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly at its third session, which was held at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris, France. The adoption of this historic document marked a big leap in the struggle to defend and uphold human rights everywhere in the world.
The Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD), a regional human rights federation based in the Philippines, strongly condemns the brutal assassination of Fr. Marcelino Paez of the Catholic Diocese of San Jose in Nueva Ecija. Reports say that Fr. Paez was gunned down by unidentified men in Jaen, Nueva Ecija on Monday evening, 4 December 2017.
November 1 – 30, 2017
Odhikar believes that democracy is not merely a process of electing a ruler; it is the result of the peoples’ struggle for inalienable rights, which become the fundamental premise to constitute the State. Therefore, the individual freedoms and democratic aspirations of the citizens – and consequently, peoples’ collective rights and responsibilities - must be the foundational principles of the State.