Brussels, 10 December 2010 17712/10 PRESSE 341 – On the occasion of Human Rights Day, on 10 December, the European Union pays tribute to the many human rights defenders worldwide dedicating their lives to promoting and protecting people’s fundamental rights as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We recognise and support the work of these courageous individuals who work to put an end to human rights violations wherever they occur around the world.
This year’s Human Rights Day celebration highlights the work of human rights defenders who fight against discrimination. The struggle against all forms of discrimination is a priority for the EU, be it at home or abroad. Discrimination can take many forms and the EU works closely with civil society campaigners worldwide in their fight against discrimination. The European Union calls upon all governments to ensure that laws and practices do not prevent legitimate and peaceful human rights work in line with the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders. (more…)