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Human Rights Celebration in Brussels 2014 © Image: YAK

Human Rights Celebration in Brussels 2014


On 10 December every year, we celebrate the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We remind each other that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights – but also that there are many challenges in the world that continue preventing many people from the full enjoyment of their human rights. This year, the UN Human Rights Office in Brussels celebrated Human Rights Day by welcoming the public to a special screening at Bozar of Virunga - a documentary that explores the role that extractive industries have played in feeding the conflict and violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)."
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Human Rights at International Borders © OHCHR Regional Office for Europe

Human Rights at International Borders


An increasing flow of migrants are undertaking perilous and dangerous journeys to reach European shores. So far this year, more than 165,000 migrants have crossed the Mediterranean, compared to 60,000 last year, and over 3,000 have died or are missing at sea.
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Fifth “Forgotten Europeans” event focuses on rights of persons with psychosocial disabilities © OHCHR Regional Office for Europe

Fifth “Forgotten Europeans” event focuses on rights of persons with psychosocial disabilities


The human rights of persons in institutional care is one of the key human rights challenges in Europe today. Over the past five years, OHCHR’s Regional Office for Europe has sought to bring attention to the challenges that these persons face through a series of events entitled “Forgotten Europeans”.
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Human Rights in the news

Human Rights 365 Days a Year
To mark Human Rights Day, the Regional Representative for Europe from the UN Human Rights Office states that the enjoyment of all human rights should be part of everyone’s everyday reality.
Urgent appeal to the Netherlands
UN rights experts urge the Dutch Government to provide homeless irregular migrants in the Netherlands with emergency assistance -such as food, clothing, and shelter- before Christmas.
Persons with disabilities
Persons with disabilities should no longer be seen as passive recipients or “objects” of care, but as rights-holders living on equal footing with other members of society.
Human Rights at International Borders
Europe’s external borders are facing an increasing flow of migrants, with over 165,000 migrants and asylum seekers having arrived in Europe by sea so far this year.
International Day of Older Persons
Older persons constitute a rapidly growing group in societies across the world. That almost 700 million people are now over the age of 60; that by 2050, 2 billion people - over 20 per cent of the world’s population - will be 60 or older.
Human rights in Europe