Today, December 10th, we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This year, the International Day for Human Rights is of particular relevance, as we commemorate also the 40th anniversary of our country’s accession to the European Convention on Human Rights.

The system of protection of Human Rights of the United Nations and of the Council of Europe is one of the great civilizational conquests of the 20th century. The effective realization of Human Rights is not, however, a given – there is a risk of stagnation and regression we must all fight back.

On this International Day for Human Rights we should celebrate accomplishments, but also reflect on the way ahead towards ensuring their universal application.

The 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 40th anniversary of our country’s accession to the European Convention on Human Rights will be marked with a vast program of celebrations. This program is aimed at conferring visibility to Human Rights, promoting active citizenship and raising awareness to the rights of everyone, namely through education for Human Rights.

Portugal renews today its unconditional commitment to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights, its values and timeless principles – we are all free and equal in terms of both our dignity and our rights.

Lisbon, 10 December 2018





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