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President Sirleaf declares Sunday Int’l Human Rights Day

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President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has by Proclamation declared Sunday, December 10, 2017 as International Human Rights Day to be observed throughout the country as a Working Holiday.

Since the day falls on Sunday, it will be celebrated Monday, December 11.

President Sirleaf is therefore calling on all citizens and foreign residents alike, national and international organizations and all Government agencies concerned to join the Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR) to execute appropriate programs befitting the observance of the day.

According to a Foreign Ministry release, this year’s Human Rights Day will be celebrated under the global theme, We Are Equal in Dignity and Rights and the National Theme, Advancing the Rights and Dignity of Children and Persons with Disabilities.

The Day is devoted to the launch of a year-long campaign for the 51st anniversary of the two international covenants on human rights.

The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights were adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 16, 1966.

In 1948, the United Nations General Assembly also adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and, in 1950, the Assembly passed resolution 423-V, inviting all States and interested organizations to observe December 10 of each year as Human Rights Day.


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