EU and OHCHR celebrate Human Rights Day in the occupied Palestinian territory

December 19, 2019
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Each year, 10th of December marks the day, when the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted with a view to express a universal commitment towards the respect and protection of human rights for all individuals without discrimination. This year, UDHR turns 71 and we also celebrate the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Yet fundamental human rights continue to be challenged around the world, including in the occupied Palestinian territory. Palestinian children in particular face significant obstacles in accessing basic services and enjoying their fundamental human rights. Some of the obstacles are developmental in nature and at times linked to cultural and religious issues as, for example, the case with child marriage or gender based violence.

Therefore, for International Human Rights Day this year, the EU and the UN Human Rights Office in the oPt launched a campaign to the Palestinian public, with a specific emphasis on the role of Palestinian children and youth. The campaign aims at engaging Palestinian youth in spreading key human rights messages and to raise the public awareness on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a solid base complemented by all core human rights instruments. 

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Countries covered:

  • Palestine *