UN in Belarus:

December 10, 2018 marked the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which for the first time in the history of the world proclaimed the equal and inalienable rights of every person. To celebrate the Declaration anniversary, the United Nations in Belarus in cooperation with the partners from state institutions and academia held a number of special events.

For 70 years, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has been a global beacon – shining a light for dignity, equality and well-being … and bringing hope to dark places.

GENEVA (10 December 2018) – “I have learned with sadness that the human rights community has lost one of its greatest human rights defenders, Ms. Lyudmila Mikhaylovna Alexeyeva. She was a Russian historian, leading human rights activist and founding member of the Moscow Helisinki Group. She was an intrepid defender of the rights of vulnerable people in Russia and beyond.

Geneva (6 December 2018) - On 10 December, we mark the 70th anniversary of that extraordinary document, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is, I firmly believe, as relevant today as it was when it was adopted 70 years ago.

GENEVA (16 November 2018) – The Netherlands deserved praise as a global leader in advancing human rights-based international solidarity but more could be done locally in its ongoing efforts to combat rising poverty, shrinking civic space and marginalisation of minorities, a UN expert said today.

GENEVA/OTTAWA (16 November 2018) – Canada has a commendable public health approach that not only covers care but also addresses the underlying determinants of health, a UN expert said today.

LONDON (16 November, 2018) – The UK Government’s policies and drastic cuts to social support are entrenching high levels of poverty and inflicting unnecessary misery in one of the richest countries in the world, a UN human rights expert said today.

This year, the 9 December International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims  of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime marks the 70th anniversary of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, the first human rights treaty adopted by the General Assembly.