BY UMSU PRESS
Human Rights Day commemorates the day of the adoption and proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly. The UDHR is one of the biggest accomplishments of the UN and the world's first declaration of human rights.
The Declaration, adopted on 10 December 1948, stipulates universal values and a common standard of accomplishment for everyone in every country. Although the Declaration is not a binding text, over 60 human rights instruments have been influenced by it, making it a popular standard for human rights today. It is the most commonly translated text accessible in over 500 languages across the globe.
The theme of this year's Human Rights Day concerns the COVID-19 pandemic and reflects on the need to rebound better by ensuring that recovery efforts are essential to human rights. Only if we are able to build equal opportunity for all, fix the failures revealed and manipulated by COVID-19, and extend human rights principles to address entrenched, systematic, and intergenerational inequality, exclusion and discrimination, can we meet our shared global goals.
10th December is an opportunity to reaffirm the value of human rights, the need for global solidarity and our interconnectedness and common humanity in re-building the world we want. Under the generic "Stand Up for Human Rights" call for action from UN Human Rights, we strive to engage the general public, our allies and the UN family to encourage transformative action and present realistic and motivating examples that can lead to better recovery and foster more resilient and just communities.
Globally, this year is really challenging when the whole world is hit by the Covid-19 pandemic resulting in a health crisis that also affects the mental health of individuals. Covid-19 had a huge impact on the world community, including Malaysia. Most people are affected by emotions such as anxiety, fear, isolation, uncertainty, and emotional stress due to changes in life norms.
This includes those who are at risk of losing their jobs, losing their livelihoods and financial constraints. Front-line workers are also not immune to emotional problems and stress as result of having to take on duties, being given multiple tasks, or having 'burn-outs'. Students and kids are also affected by stressful feelings when they need to further their study at home and kids could not cope with the changes when they need to stay at home for 24 hours every day.
With that, Universiti Malaya Students’ Union (UMSU) would like to wish a Happy Human Rights Day to all Universiti Malaya students as well as people around the world. Do stay tuned with our following mini game in regards to celebrate the big day!