Human rights Day 2009embrace diversity, end discrimination

An end to discrimination

The United Nations has since its very beginning set as one of its goals “to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person” without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion1. Discrimination undermines that goal. Still, its eradication has proven very difficult, as this phenomenon is more subtle, more corrosive and more resilient than any one had thought.

For millions of people globally, the struggle to extract themselves from situations of discrimination at almost every turn in their daily lives is an impossible ambition. Tragically, as we have seen in the past twenty years, policies of ethnic cleansing and genocide, policies based on discriminatory ideologies, have led to destruction, exile and death.

Despite the challenges and setbacks, there has been and continues to be a rejection of discrimination. There have been enough successes to demonstrate that this scourge can be eradicated.

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is a world leader in the stand against the forces of discrimination. As the guardian of international human rights law, the UN human rights office advocates for and promotes human rights reforms in many countries across the globe and throughout the UN community.


On Human Rights Day Thursday December 10, resolve to embrace diversity and end discrimination.

1. Charter of the United Nations