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Over thousands of young people in Monrovia have joined the world to celebrate world Human Rights Day.Speaking at the celebrating Monday, 10 December, Camp for Peace Liberia’s Youth Coordinator Melchi-Zedek Dologbay said it is an honor for the young people of Liberia to join the world in celebrating this day.

The youth coordinator says the youth have a major part to play in protecting the rights of people.The formal establishment of Human Rights Day occurred at the 317th Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly on 4 December 1950, when the General Assembly declared Resolution 423(V), inviting all member states and any other interested organizations to celebrate the day as they saw fit.

Many governmental and non-governmental organizations active in the human rights field also schedule special events to commemorate the day, as do many civil and social-cause organizations.The popularity of the day can be shown by the fact that the commemorative Human Rights Day stamp issued by the United Nations Postal Administration in 1952, received approximately 200,000 advance orders.

Although the Declaration with its broad range of political, civil, economic, social and cultural rights is not a binding document, it inspired more than 60 human rights instruments which together constitute an international standard of human rights.

Melchi-Zedek encourages all policy makers and key stakeholders to see and protect human rights, stand up for every person’s rights, as well as remember those persons who lost their lives in fighting for the rights that enjoyed today.

By Sally Gaye–Edited by Winston W. Parley

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