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Human Rights Day 2015

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Today is Universal Human Rights Day. It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. And this year, marks the 50th Anniversary of the two International Covenants on Human Rights.

Watch this message from the High Commissioner Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein:

Watch it in Arabic, here:

At TYO, key concepts and themes of human rights are broken down in the classroom so that children and mothers & participants of The Women’s Group, can easily understand them. With children, we discuss the right to learn, play, agree/refuse and live in peace and safety. With mothers, we discuss children’s rights, marital rights, freedom of speech, and the right protect one’s body from harm or abuse. The most important message in this video, however, is that these freedoms are the “birthright of all human beings” and that “traditional practices and cultural norms cannot justify taking them away.”

What are your thoughts about universal freedoms? Follow along with #HumanRightsDay

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