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For a fair, thriving, and in-peace society that includes us all

The Human Rights Day remembers, every 10th of December, the day in 1948 when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This Declaration was the first legal document to establish universal protection for the fundamental human rights.

Since then, there have been huge progress regarding recognition and compliance of the human rights. However, lately, we are witnessing important relapses in this matter, intensified by the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to the Organisation of the United Nations, the Covid-19 pandemic has brought an important challenge to the entire world: either we opt for collective action and attend specifically all the inequalities in the planet, or we continue rooting injustice and generalising inequalities.

It’s essential to work for the compliance of human rights for everyone, independently of their condition (race, religion, gender, nationality, age, or political ideology, among others), because those societies that do, are more resilient and sustainable societies. Ones that have better capabilities to confront unexpected crises, either in the form of a pandemic or climate change.

In Pope Francis’ words

Also in Church, from Pope John XXIII in the 1960’s decade, with his circular ‘Pacem in Terris’, human rights have had a central relevance in the catholic teaching and social practice.

In that sense, Pope Francis reinforces the importance of guaranteeing human rights, highlighting that, unfortunately, “very often, human rights are not equal for everybody. There’s still first class, second class, third class, and discard class”. He also stated that these rights must be equal for everybody, because “each human being has the right to develop completely, and that basic right cannot be denied by any country”. When fundamental rights are violated, when priority is given to some rights over others, or when these are granted to only certain groups, serious injustices are being allowed, which also promote conflicts within nations and between them.

“Each person is called to contribute with courage and determination, in the specificity of their role, to respect fundamental rights of each person, especially the ‘invisible’ ones: many of those who are hungry and thirsty, who are naked or sick, are foreigners or arrested (cfr Mt 25.35-36), live on the fringes of society o are discarded”, Pope manifested.

Sisters Hospitallers’ mission

From Sisters Hospitallers’ Congregation, dedicated for 140 years to attend the most vulnerable and excluded people (people with a mental condition, intellectual disability or alike), we defend the importance of this day. Not only as commemoration, but also as a call to action to work for those people most hit by inequality, and guarantee the respect to their fundamental rights, aiming to build a fair, thriving, and in-peace society that includes us all.

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